Kelly is Labour busi­ness man­ager

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

James Kelly MSP has re­tained his role as Scot­tish Labour busi­ness man­ager in Kezia Dug­dale’s first front-bench team.

The role, which was ini­tially given to Mr Kelly by for­mer Scot­tish leader Jim Mur­phy in De­cem­ber, will see him take re­spon­si­bil­ity for or­gan­is­ing the party’s af­fairs within the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

The busi­ness man­ager is usu­ally a trusted lieu­tenant to the party leader.

Mr Kelly had sup­ported Ms Dug­dale’s lead­er­ship bid.

He said: “I’m de­lighted to have been cho­sen to serve in Kezia’s front bench team.

“With less than a year un­til next year’s elec­tion, it’s vi­tal that we have a strong team of peo­ple who will of­fer an al­ter­na­tive vi­sion to the peo­ple of Scot­land.

“Kezia has al­ready out­lined her pri­or­i­ties of ed­u­ca­tion and child­care, is­sues cen­tral to Scot­tish Labour’s val­ues of equal­ity and so­cial jus­tice.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing hard and play­ing my part in of­fer­ing Labour’s vi­sion of what we can do dif­fer­ently here in Scot­land.

“The lo­cal party has al­ready been out cam­paign­ing, talk­ing about lo­cal is­sues at street stalls in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, and door­knock­ing, on Satur­day.”

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