Source: Labour List UK
Drew Smith, a former MSP and current GMB official, has been appointed today as Scottish Labour’s acting general secretary after Michael Sharpe announced earlier this week that he was quitting the top post.
Sharpe revealed on Monday that he was resigning ahead of Scottish parliamentary elections taking place in May next year as he could not “give my young family and the party I love the commitment that they each deserve”.
The party has now picked Smith to replace Sharpe on an interim basis until the elections in May. The Scottish Labour politician, who served as MSP for the Glasgow region from 2011 to 2016, will take up his post on January 4th.
Smith was Scottish Labour’s frontbench spokesperson on social justice during his time in the Scottish parliament. He currently works as GMB Scotland’s policy and external affairs officer and has represented the union on Labour’s Scottish executive committee.
Commenting on his appointment, Smith said: “2021 is both an important and fast-approaching election for Scotland and for the Labour Party. The events of the last year have shown more than ever how important it is that the voices of working people are heard in Scottish politics.