Delighted to be elected deputy leader of the SNP group at Westminster, working with colleagues to provide that strong voice for Scotland that all our communities need.
Kirsten Oswald MP has been elected unopposed as the new SNP Westminster Deputy Leader, following the decision of Kirsty Blackman MP to stand down after three years in the role.
The SNP MP for East Renfrewshire, who won the constituency from the Tories at the 2019 general election, will join Ian Blackford MP leading the SNP team of 48 MPs at Westminster.
Commenting, SNP Westminster Deputy Leader Kirsten Oswald MP 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 said:
"I congratulate Kirsten on her election. She brings a wealth of talent and experience to the role, and I look forward to working together to continue providing a strong voice for Scotland at Westminster.
"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 key decisions over the economic emergency, Kirsten will play a key role as we hold the Tory government to account."