Highlands and Islands Conservative list MSP Douglas Ross has been named in the Ruth Davidson’s shadow cabinet and has vowed to fight against centralisation.
Mr Ross will be shadow cabinet secretary for justice.
He said: “I’m delighted that Ruth has invited me to be part of her team during this exciting period for Scottish Conservatives and Scottish politics. At the election we were returned as the main opposition party on a pledge to hold the SNP government to account and I’m looking forward to getting involved in all the areas included in this significant brief.”
Holding the government to account is a job he is relishing. Mr Ross, a former member of the Grampian Joint Police Board and the first chair of Moray Council’s Police and Fire Scrutiny Committee, said: “Our job in opposition is to reign in the minority government if we think their plans overstep the mark and to offer amendments where we think their proposals can be improved.
“I feel the further you get from the central belt the more concerns are raised about centralisation within the justice system. Whether it be the workings of Police Scotland, court closures or many other issues. I aim to ensure that our communities have a strong voice at the heart of Scottish politics standing up for them on justice matters.”
Mr Ross was one of the Tory MSPs elected to Holyrood earlier this month. The party has more than doubled its presence in the parliament and is the largest opposition party.