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Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has been appointed the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance in Jackson Carlaw’s new Shadow Cabinet.

In his first words after accepting his new position Mr Cameron emphasised that it will be his job to ensure that Scotland’s vital public services receive the money they need to improve.

Mr Cameron said: “I am delighted to have been entrusted with this responsibility as we move ever closer to next year’s Scottish Parliamentary elections.

“Finance is at the heart of all our ambitions for government and I will be working closely with Jackson and the shadow cabinet team to ensure that our policy commitments are matched to our financial resources.

“We have been dismayed by the SNP’s performance on our key public services and the Scottish Conservatives will be entirely focused on improving the performance of the NHS, our schools and the police. They desperately need a Government which is on their side and not distracted by obsessions about independence.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to play my part in moving Scotland forward and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Mr Cameron’s previous role was as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Europe and External Affairs. In his new position he will be shadowing Kate Forbes MSP, the new Cabinet Secretary for Finance.