Ruth Davidson is the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives
By Tim Montgomerie
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Many congratulations to Ruth Davidson, the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives. I had the pleasure of meeting Ruth – albeit briefly – at the Manchester Party Conference. She was everything I had expected from media reviews – warm, thoughtful and authentically Conservative. Her first task is to unite the party behind her. Although she has won among party members she had little backing from her fellow MSPs. The contest has, at times, been acrimonious and she’ll need to perform some healing.
I had hoped Murdo Fraser would win. A few months ago he was the clear frontrunner and every expectation was that he could have sailed to victory. The reason he didn’t win was that he proposed a radical restructuring of the Scottish Conservative Party. He suggested it needed to be separate from the party headquartered in London and have its own name, manifesto and identity. Party members have rejected that idea rather than, I would suggest, Murdo himself and he deserves credit for wanting to win on terms that he thought could reverse decades of Scottish Tory decline.
PS Ruth Davidson is a lesbian. Further proof if further proof was needed that the Tory grassroots are far different from the way they are caricatured.
- Ruth Davidson - 2278
- Murdo Fraser - 2096
- Jackson Carlaw - 830
- Margaret Mitchell - 472
After the elimination of Margaret Mitchell and Jackson Carlaw’s votes and following their redistribution the result was as follows:
- Ruth Davidson - 2983 (55.2%)
- Murdo Fraser - 2414 (44.8%)
9.15pm, Video of Ruth Davidson talking to the BBC: "I think I offered the generational change that our party has been looking for"