Scotland politics

New MSP Jayne Baxter sworn in at parliament

Holyrood's newest MSP has been sworn in at parliament, after taking the place of a Labour colleague who decided to to quit the job.

Jayne Baxter has taken over as a member in Mid Scotland and Fife, replacing John Park, who has taken up a trade union post.

As a regional list member, Ms Baxter was automatically appointed without the need for a by-election.

She has spent her working life in local government in Fife.

Ms Baxter, who has always lived in the region, took the oath at the start of business in the Scottish Parliament chamber.

The Kelty politician, who was a former parliamentary assistant to former prime minister Gordon Brown, was elected as a Fife councillor last May.

Mr Park, who ran Labour's 2011 election campaign, decided to leave parliament to become policy and strategy director for the trade union Community.

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