The MP for North East Fife, Stephen Gethins has been appointed as the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) spokesperson on International Affairs and Europe.

Having previously dealt with just European issues and specifically Brexit, Mr Gethins takes over responsibility for International Affairs from former first minister Alex Salmond, who was defeated in his bid to be returned as the MP for Gordon at the general election.

Commenting Mr Gethins said, “I am delighted to have been chosen for this new role; it is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of a political giant like Alex Salmond and it is more important than ever that we have strong voices standing up for Scotland.

Mr Gethins went on to add, “The future of North East Fife’s economy is at stake and I will continue to represent everyone here no matter how they voted. The SNP will be the strong and effective opposition to this weak Tory government – using our influence to further Scotland’s interests and deliver fairer, progressive policies, to make our country the best it can be.”

Mr Gethins was re-elected earlier this month in a close general election contest in which he saw his majority reduced to just two votes.

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