Ruth Davidson resigns as leader of Scottish Conservatives
At 11 o’clock this morning, Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party, has announced her resignation.
Having led the party for almost eight years, Davidson has seen Scotland through two referendums, the Scottish independence referendum of 2014 and the 2016 EU referendum, in addition to seven elections.
Davidson campaigned against the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, arguably the beginning of the Tory revival in Scotland, which saw a 55 per cent vote opposing independence.
From this point the Scottish Conservatives became the second largest party, behind the Scottish National Party, in Holyrood, with 13 MPs in parliament, helping Theresa May to maintain her majority.
Davidson has cited both personal and professional reasons for her resignation.
In her letter of resignation to Robert Foreman, the Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives, she wrote: “The party and my work has always come first, often at the expense of commitments to loved ones. The arrival of my son means I now make a different choice.”
Davidson has opposed Brexit, which has been suggested to have resulted in tension between her and the prime minster, Boris Johnson.
When talking to the media at her resignation press conference this morning, Davidson said: “To colleagues who want to avoid no deal: vote for a deal. You’ve had three opportunities you blew every one of them don’t blow a fourth. I know the prime minister is seeking to get a deal. I’ve had long conversations with him on this point. And I believe him when he says that he’s seeking to get a deal.”
Davidson will continue in her position as the MSP for Edinburgh Central until 2021.