Jim Murphy unveils new front bench team

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Image caption Jim Murphy unveiled his new team to the media outside Holyrood

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has announced his new front bench team, with jobs for fellow leadership contenders Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack.

Mr Findlay is handed the fair work, skills and training brief and Sarah Boyack takes on rural affairs.

Jackie Baillie will shadow John Swinney's finance role.

Jenny Marra is promoted to health and former leader Iain Gray moves to education.

Hugh Henry takes the justice role and Mary Fee is promoted to infrastructure, investment and cities.

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Image caption Fellow contenders for leadership Sarah Boyack and Neil Findlay join the front bench team

The full front bench team is:

  • Leader - Jim Murphy
  • Deputy Leader - Kezia Dugdale
  • Finance, Constitution and Economy - Jackie Baillie
  • Infrastructure, Investment and Cities - Mary Fee
  • Fair Work, Skills and Training - Neil Findlay
  • Education and Lifelong Learning - Iain Gray
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport - Jenny Marra
  • Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights - Ken Macintosh
  • Justice - Hugh Henry
  • Rural Affairs, Food and Environment - Sarah Boyack
  • Culture, Europe and External Affairs - Claire Baker
  • Parliamentary Business Manager - James Kelly
  • Chief Whip - Neil Bibby
  • Enterprise - Graeme Pearson

Jim Murphy told BBC Scotland: "Every previous member of the shadow cabinet has been moved. It's a fresh start, a new team and I think this is a combination of real talent, a combination of real experience and some fresh faces and I'm confident this can be a team that can take Scotland forward.

'Real passion'

"There are people there who campaigned against me, both of the candidates who also stood for leader are there, people who voted for me first in the ballot, second in the ballot, third in the ballot and even someone who didn't vote for anyone in the ballot.

"So it's a team of all our talents across the spectrum of the Labour party and I'm really delighted today."

Yesterday, Mr Murphy said he planned to rewrite his party's constitution to stress that Labour will run its own affairs in Scotland.

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Image caption Mr Murphy won his Scottish leadership contest with 55.77% of the vote under the party's electoral college system

The new constitution will be voted on by party members in the spring.

Mr Murphy currently holds a seat in Westminster and revealed he wanted to become an MSP and Labour's candidate for first minister by 2016.

He said: "I will make it clear in the new year how that will happen.

"I want to be in the Scottish parliament then and I'd like to be in there before that if that is at all possible.

"I think today's team has a real passion and a real commitment to Scotland and the real labour values."

"Together we want to make Scotland not just the fairest country in the UK but the fairest country in the world," he added.

Mr Murphy won his Scottish leadership contest with 55.77% of the vote under the party's electoral college system, in which Scottish Labour MPs, MEPs and MSPs, party members and unions and affiliated organisations each get a say in the outcome.

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