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North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson has been promoted to the SNP’s front bench team in Westminster.
Mrs Gibson has been appointed as the party’s spokeswoman for housing, communities and local government and will join three other promoted MPs to the front bench team. They are Angela Crawley MP, Richard Thomson MP and Stephen Flynn MP.
The promotion is part of a reshuffle of the front benchers in the House of Commons ahead of the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections which are to take place on Thursday May 6.
Ian Blackford, leader of the SNP in the House of Commons, said: ‘Team working and cooperation are key to ensure results and this reshuffle will give us a strong team to take us forward. We have an incredibly hard-working group of MPs – I thank them all for their commitment and congratulate those in new positions.’
Speaking about the promotion, Mrs Gibson said: ‘I am delighted to join the Westminster SNP front bench team as spokesperson for housing, communities and local government as well as continuing my work as spokesperson for consumer affairs.
‘Front Bench responsibility allows MPs even greater opportunities to ask questions of UK Ministers on a wide range of issues affecting my island and mainland constituents and beyond.
‘I relish those opportunities and have already begun making full use of them, as constituents can see on my website and Facebook page.’