Michelle Ballantyne promoted to Shadow Ministerial role

Tuesday August 25th 2020


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

South Scotland regional MSP Michelle Ballantyne has been promoted to the position of Shadow Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation.

Ballantyne was appointed to the position by Scottish Conservative Party Leader Douglas Ross following a reshuffle and will take over the role from Gordon Lindhurst MSP.

She will be standing down from her previous role as Convener of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee in order to turn her full attention to her new brief.

Michelle Ballantyne commented:

“I am delighted to have been appointed to the position of Shadow Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation by Douglas Ross.

“From whisky to salmon, Scotland is home to a wealth of iconic goods, and I am keen to promote our unique exports to the wider world and take advantage of the new trade opportunities that have been made possible by Brexit.

“Scotland has long been one of the world’s leading technology innovators; I want to harness this creative power and promote exciting companies like Skyrora, which designs and builds rockets in Loanhead, as well as innovative technology leaders like Midlothian’s Roslin Institute in Easter Bush which achieved world fame for making the first animal clone, Dolly the sheep.

“It’s clear that there will be a great deal of hard work needed to repair the Scottish economy post-Covid, but the flexibility shown by the manufacturing sector in making PPE and ventilators has proven that the ingenuity is there. I will be working closely with stakeholders from Scotland’s manufacturing and financial services industries to encourage investment from the UK and beyond.

“I also look forward to highlighting the power of the Union’s internal market, which accounts for over 60% of the Scottish export market and is worth £85bn per year. This reliable trade will be vital in supporting the Scottish economy as we begin to enter the post-Covid economic landscape. This will be doubly important in my South Scotland region as its proximity to the border makes the Union the economic foundation of many livelihoods.

“It’s time to harness Scotland’s economic power within the United Kingdom and show the world what Scotland has to offer.”

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