MSP Monica Lennon quits Scottish Labour’s front bench

Lennon resigned from her position as net zero, energy and transport spokesperson on Thursday.

MSP Monica Lennon quits Scottish Labour’s front bench PA via PA Media
Lennon: MSP was the architect of legislation to make period products freely available in Scotland.

Labour MSP Monica Lennon – who was the architect of legislation which made Scotland the first country in the world to make period products freely available – has quit her position on the party’s front bench.

Lennon resigned from her position as net zero, energy and transport spokesperson on Thursday.

Announcing her resignation on Twitter, she said: “I have stepped down as net zero, energy and transport spokesperson. It has been a privilege to serve Scottish Labour in spokesperson roles since 2016.

“I am grateful to Anas for the opportunity. I will continue to work hard as @ScottishLabour @ScotCoopParty Central Scotland MSP.”

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Anas Sarwar, the Scottish Labour leader, thanked her and said she would always “be welcome back in my senior team”.

“Thank you Monica for all your hard work for our party in multiple senior roles. Yesterday marked a year since your historic Period Poverty Bill,” he said, replying to her resignation tweet.

“You will always be welcome back in my senior team. I know you will continue to be a powerful Labour voice in Parliament.”

The Labour MSP was first elected to Holyrood in 2016 and had gone against Sawar to become its leader.

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She has served a number of senior positions in Scottish Labour, including as its economy and fair work spokeswoman.