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New Scottish Conservative appointments

The Scottish Conservatives have announced the appointment of a new Shadow Education Secretary.

Stephen Kerr MSP takes on the role having previously been convener of the Scottish Parliament’s education committee until earlier this year.

He will be replaced as Chief Whip by current Deputy Chief Whip Alexander Burnett MSP.

Stephen Kerr replaces Oliver Mundell MSP as the party’s education spokesperson after the Dumfriesshire MSP stood down from the Shadow Cabinet earlier this month for personal reasons.

Party Leader Douglas Ross says he is “delighted” to welcome Stephen and Alexander to their new roles.

Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross said: “I am delighted to appoint Stephen and Alexander to these new positions.

“I was naturally disappointed when Oliver stepped down from the Shadow Cabinet but I know Stephen has the experience and drive to hit the ground running as the party’s new Shadow Education Secretary and build on Oliver’s fine work.

“As a former convener of the Parliament’s Education Committee, he has already shown he is more than capable of holding the SNP to account over their failures within Scotland’s education system.

“Alexander has already provided superb support to our whips office and I know he will be a strong Chief Whip as he makes the step up from deputy.”

Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Kerr MSP, said: “I’m extremely pleased to be taking on this role and look forward to building on the tireless work Oliver carried out as Shadow Education Secretary.

“During their 15 years in charge the SNP have repeatedly let down pupils, parents and teachers, despite Nicola Sturgeon’s insistence that education was her top priority.

“I will ensure that they answer for the decline in Scotland’s global reputation in education and their failure to close the attainment gap.”


New Scottish Conservative Chief Whip Alexander Burnett MSP, said: “I am thrilled to be stepping up to the role of Chief Whip. I have thoroughly enjoyed being Deputy Chief Whip in recent months and I am excited to be taking on this new responsibility.

“Alongside my fellow Scottish Conservative MSPs, I will continue to ensure that we are holding the SNP-Green Government to account and showing voters across the country that we are Scotland’s real alternative.”