Beatrice Wishart appointed as education spokesperson


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today announced that new Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart will take up the role of Education spokesperson as well as a seat on the Scottish Parliament’s education committee.

During the Shetland by-election, Ms Wishart campaigned fiercely to protect local nursery and childcare services. She has also been a member of Shetland Island Council’s education and families committee since 2017.

North East MSP Mike Rumbles will take a seat on the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs committee, alongside his role as Rural Affairs, Transport and Connectivity spokesperson.

Commenting on her appointment, Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

“I am delighted to be taking up the role of education spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

“From my work on Shetland Islands Council’s education committee I know how important it is that everyone has a chance to get a great education. Getting a high quality education helps people meet their full potential in life.

“The First Minister said that education would be at heart of her agenda but Scotland’s teachers are overworked and dealing with more and more super-sized classes. Where young people are being let down I will hold the SNP to account while pressing for a liberal agenda that ensures everyone gets the education and support they need to get on in life.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“Beatrice Wishart is a diligent and hardworking campaigner and she will do an excellent job building on the work Scottish Liberal Democrats have done to scrutinise the SNP’s failing education agenda.

“This Scottish Liberal Democrat team is bursting with talented people who have contributed a huge amount to the communities they serve, from councillors to campaigners, and bring a wealth of experience to the team.

“Decent, sensible, moderate people need a party who will speak for them. I’m determined that Scottish Liberal Democrats will fill that gap and this team will be leading the way.”


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