The real opposition: meet your new SNP Westminster frontbench team

Following the SNP’s landslide election victory in Scotland, Ian Blackford has unveiled the SNP’s new frontbench team at Westminster.

With Boris Johnson’s Tories shifting further to the extremes and imposing a disastrous Brexit on Scotland against its will, while Labour is set to spend months on internal squabbling, the SNP will act like the real opposition at the House of Commons.

The newly-elected MPs will bring a wealth of talent and experience from their careers in our NHS, schools, journalism and international affairs – and they’re getting straight to work to hold the Tories to account, fight austerity and stand up for Scotland in the face of growing threats of a hard-right Tory government.

Ian Blackford MP – SNP Westminster Leader

Kirsty Blackman MP – Westminster Deputy Leader

Kirsty Blackman also takes on a key strategic role leading on the constitution, as preparation builds up for Scotland’s independence referendum.

Alison Thewliss MP – Shadow Chancellor

Alyn Smith MP – Shadow Foreign Secretary

Dr Philippa Whitford MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

John Nicolson MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Mhairi Black MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Kirsten Oswald MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales

David Linden MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Anne McLaughlin MP – Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Joanna Cherry QC MP – Shadow Home Secretary and Justice Secretary

Stewart Hosie MP – Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

Drew Hendry MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Neil Gray MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Stewart McDonald MP – Shadow Defence Secretary

Stuart McDonald MP – Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Immigration

Gavin Newlands MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Carol Monaghan MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Shadow Minister for Military Personnel and Veterans

Chris Law MP – Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Deidre Brock MP – Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Pete Wishart MP – Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Tommy Sheppard MP – Shadow Leader of the House of Commons