Newly-elected MP Lesley Laird has been appointed as Labour's Shadow Secretary State for Scotland. 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said she would help the party present a "positive vision" for Scotland's future. 

Only just a few days ago Ms Laird took the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat from the SNP with a majority of 259. 

The former deputy leader of Fife Council came into politics in 2012 as the representative for Dalgety Bay and Inverkeithing. 

Before that Ms Laird worked in human resources in the electronic and financial service industries. 

Mr Corbyn said: "I am delighted to appoint Lesley as Shadow Scottish Secretary.

"She brings a wealth of knowledge and practical real life experience to the Commons, and will play a major role going forward as we hold the Tory Government to account.

Ms Laird will work closely with the party leader and Scottish party leader Kezia Dugdale on Labour's vision for Scotland. 

She added: "My priorities are the things that people told me are important to them in the General Election campaign: that's jobs, housing and public services.

"I look forward to working closely with Jeremy and Kez as Labour unites to take on the Tories, and I will be holding David Mundell to account for the actions of his government which is causing misery right across Scotland."