AN MP brought up and educated in Clydebank has been appointed to a top Westminster role amid an SNP reshuffle.

Amy Callaghan, who has held the nearby East Dunbartonshire seat since 2019, will take over as the party's health spokesperson from Martyn Day following SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn's rejig of his frontbench.

Ms Callaghan, a former St Peter the Apostle High pupil, beat then-Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson by just 149 votes in one of the shocks of the 2019 election.

And she previously fought cancer before suffering a brain haemorrhage in 2020.

Now, Mr Flynn believes his new-look House of Commons bench is the right fit to  “pile pressure” on the UK Government as it ramps up its preparations for a general election expected to take place next year.

He said: “The SNP’s new frontbench team will pile pressure on the UK Government to help families with the cost of living, whilst renewing the positive case for independence in Europe, and investment in Scotland’s enormous renewable energy potential, as the best route to securing strong and sustained economic growth.”

Hitting out at the party’s rivals, he added: “The Tories trashed the UK economy – and it’s increasingly clear the Tory-lite Labour Party is offering no change from the disastrous policies that got the UK into this mess.

“Under Sir Keir Starmer, they back Brexit, austerity cuts, and creeping privatisation of the NHS, which will take the UK down the path to long-term decline and hammer the incomes of families in Scotland.”

Anum Qaisar becomes the party’s new levelling up spokesperson, a post which had been held by Chris Stephens.

Mhairi Black remains as Westminster deputy leader, despite announcing she is to quit the Commons at the next election.

However, Stewart Hosie, who is also among the eight SNP MPs who have so far declared they will not be standing for election next year, is removed from the economy brief, with Drew Hendry taking on this role.

Phillipa Whitford, another of the group of MPs who are stepping down, is replaced as the party’s Scotland spokesperson by Tommy Sheppard.

Elsewhere Alan Brown is replaced as energy spokesperson by Dave Doogan, who had been the party’s foreign affairs spokesperson.

David Linden, Alison Thewliss, Alyn Smith and Kirsten Oswald all retain their current posts and will continue to speak for the party on social justice, home affairs, Europe and EU accession, and women and equalities respectively.

Mr Flynn added: "The SNP is the party with a plan to deliver strong economic growth – and reduce the cost of living.

“Scotland is an energy-rich country with huge resources.

"By rejoining the EU, and investing in the renewable energy gold rush, we can build a wealthier, greener and fairer future.

“Over the coming months, my new team will continue to put the Westminster-made cost-of-living crisis at the forefront of our work – and we will make the case that voting SNP is the only way to secure independence, boost the economy and deliver the real hope and real change the public so badly deserve.”