Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today announced Mariam Mahmood as the new environment spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats.
Ms Mahmood, originally from Glasgow, is a student at University of St Andrews studying International Relations and joined the party after the general election in 2015. Since joining the party, Mariam has been heavily involved in campaigning for the party, including campaigning alongside Willie Rennie in the Scottish Parliament Election - taking North East Fife back from the SNP.
Commenting on her appointment Ms Mahmood said:
“I am incredibly excited by the opportunity that has been given to me in this appointment. Creating a green and sustainable world is the most important task that our generation currently has and if we are to leave behind a sustainable legacy for future generations then we need to act now.
“Creating a strong renewables industry is something I have a strong passion for. Not only will this secure jobs and contribute to a strong economy but will also create a sustainable economy for generations to come. Just last week we saw reports of potential job losses in the sector as both the Scottish and UK Governments fail to support the industry.
“Decisions that this Scottish Government has made, including their support for a third runway at Heathrow and the cut in APD, are bad for the environment and I look forward to holding the SNP to account for failing to stand up for the environment.
Mr Rennie added
“Mariam will make a great addition to our spokesperson team and will provide a strong critical opposition to the Scottish Government’s failings on the environment.
“Liberal Democrats believe that power is best used when it is shared and having grass root members like Mariam on our spokesperson team is a classic example of that in action. I am proud of members across Scotland like Mariam who are integral in making sure we see a more open, tolerant and united society.”