East Renfrewshire MP is SNP’s new Deputy Leader at Westminster

East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald has been elected unopposed as the new SNP Westminster Deputy Leader, the party has announced.

Kirsten Oswald was returned unopposed
Kirsten Oswald was returned unopposed

She follows Kirsty Blackman, who stood down citing the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on her mental health.

Ms Oswald said: “I’m delighted to have been elected SNP Westminster Deputy Leader at this critical time, and I look forward to working in this new role with our strong team of SNP MPs.

“As we continue to tackle coronavirus, SNP MPs will press the UK government to deliver the financial powers and support that people, public services and businesses in Scotland need to manage this unprecedented emergency and secure a strong recovery.

“This crisis has exposed the deep inequality caused by decades of Westminster cuts. There can be no return to business as normal. As Scotland seeks to build a fairer society and escape the growing threat of a Tory Brexit, the case for independence has never been stronger.”

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP congratulated Ms Oswald and said she “brings a wealth of talent and experience to the role”.

He added: “This is an important time as we deal with the Covid-19 crisis and look to build a fairer Scotland. “With the threat of a Tory Brexit growing, and crucial decisions over the economic emergency, Kirsten will play a key role as we hold the Tory government to account.”