Highlands and Islands (Scottish Labour) MSP, David Stewart, has expressed his “delight” at being named as part of the Environmental Justice Team led by Spokesperson Sarah Boyack MSP.

Ms Dugdale's instruction to every member of her new team is to get out around Scotland setting out a positive Labour vision of transforming the country.

Members of the new team will no longer simply shadow SNP Government ministers, but will instead focus more on communicating Labour values to the public.

Stewart who served as the Shadow Minister for Transport and Islands under former leader Jim Murphy, has been an award-winning road safety champion for many years and is now part of the wider reaching Environmental Justice team that will cover transport, environment, rural affairs, land reform, climate change and energy (including oil and gas).

Mr Stewart said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as part of the Environmental Justice brief in Kezia Dugdale’s new team. The Environmental Justice team brief is wide ranging and will allow me to continue working on issues such as transport, rural affairs and land reform, all of which are fundamental for mainland and island life across the Highlands and Islands region.

“I am also very interested in continuing my dialogue with local authorities, specifically around the Our Islands, Our Future consultation and will continue to work with both island and mainland authorities to develop policy that will deliver a strong voice for these communities.”

Earlier this week, Kezia Dugdale said:  "I am excited about the future and want my front bench team to get out and about across the country making clear our positive Labour vision for transforming Scotland.

“In recent times people have said they don’t know what Labour stands for. That won’t be the case under my leadership – people will know what we stand for and who we stand with.

“We stand for a Scotland where a person’s ability to get on in life is determined by their potential, work rate and ambition, not by their background. That’s what Labour stands for and that’s the message I want my new front bench team to take out with them across Scotland.”

The full front bench team under Kezia Dugdale is as follows:
Deputy Leader - Covering policy and strategy Alex Rowley

Equality - Covering health, equalities, welfare, care, social inclusion – Jenny Marra
Neil Findlay (also Trade Union liaison reporting direct to Kezia Dugdale) Rhoda Grant. Drew Smith
Opportunity - Covering schools, childcare, skills, lifelong learning, sport, science, workplace issues  – Iain Gray. Mark Griffin, John Pentland
Justice - Covering justice and policing– Graeme Pearson. Elaine Murray
Public Services and Wealth Creation - Finance, infrastructure, business, delivery of public services, tourism – Jackie Baillie,  Richard Simpson. Lewis Macdonald. Siobhan McMahon
Community - Covering housing, local government, cities, planning, island communities – Ken Macintosh, Michael McMahon, Jayne Baxter
Environmental Justice - Covering transport, environment and rural affairs, land reform, climate change, energy (including oil and gas) – Sarah Boyack, Claudia Beamish, David Stewart
Democracy - Covering constitution, Europe, culture, power in society – Claire Baker, Anne McTaggart
Reform - Covering party and parliamentary reform – Mary Fee
Business Manager – James Kelly
Chief Whip – Neil Bibby