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Wiltshire MP takes on Scots role
James Gray
James Gray was born and educated in Glasgow
An MP who represents a constituency in the south west of England has become the Conservative Party's new shadow Scottish secretary.

James Gray, the member for Wiltshire North, replaces Peter Duncan who failed to win Dumfries and Galloway in the general election.

Mr Gray, 51, was born and educated in Glasgow and has held a seat in the House of Commons since 1997.

David Mundell is now the sole Scottish Tory MP at Westminster.

He took the largely rural seat of Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale with a majority of 1,738 over the second place Labour candidate.

MSP replacement

Mr Mundell was an MSP at Holyrood when he entered the contest to win a seat in the House of Commons.

He will leave the Scottish Parliament and his place will be taken by Derek Brownlee whose name was below Mr Mundell's on the Conservative Party's list of prospective candidates for the South of Scotland region in the 2003 Holyrood elections.

The Tories confirmed on Thursday that Mr Gray would take the title shadow Scottish secretary, but would not be a member of the Shadow Cabinet.

Peter Duncan and David McLetchie
Peter Duncan lost his seat after four years at Westminster

He has held a number of posts in the party, including shadow minister for defence and shadow minister for the countryside.

Peter Duncan was the sole Tory MP in Scotland for four years but was defeated by Labour's Russell Brown in the hotly contested Dumfries and Galloway seat.

He polled 18,022 votes but Mr Brown was almost 3,000 votes ahead on 20,924 - a notional Labour hold.

Mr Duncan took the seat of Galloway and Upper Nithsdale from the Scottish National Party in 2001, with the lowest Conservative majority in the Commons.


SEE ALSO:
Duncan loses in Tory poll setback
06 May 05 |  Scotland
Conservatives hail lone success
06 May 05 |  Scotland


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