Ruth Davidson ‘considering quitting as Scottish Conservative leader’

Ruth Davidson is considering quitting her position as Scottish Conservative leader, according to reports. 

Ms Davidson is the MSP for Edinburgh Central and has been the Scottish Tory leader since 2011. 

She is considering her position due to the “pressure of motherhood” and due to conflict between herself and Boris Johnson, according to the Scottish Sun. 

Ms Davidson, 40, had her first child in October, and returned from maternity leave in May to attend the Scottish Tory conference.

Boris Johnson and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson embrace a debate on the EU Referendum (Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images)

A senior Tory source told the Scottish Sun: “Ruth’s been talking to senior party figures in the Conservatives for the last few weeks, both in Scotland and down south.

“She has been under huge pressure as a new mum. Nobody really fully understands how your life is going to change as a parent until it happens. Ruth is no different in this respect.

“She’s tried to juggle motherhood with being the very high-profile leader of the opposition in Scotland, and it’s taken its toll.

“All of this has been made more difficult with the current political climate, where she’s found herself at increasing odds with the new leadership in London.

“The events unfolding at Westminster have not helped.”

Ruth Davidson will reportedly step down on Thursday (Ken Jack/Getty Images)

The BBC and Sky News suggested she will make an announcement on her future tomorrow. 

Ms Davidson worked as a journalist and was a signaller in the Territorial Army before moving into politics.

She ran to become an MP in 2009, finishing third in the Glasgow North East by-election, before running again the following year and finishing fourth.

She was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2009 from the Glasgow region list, and was appointed spokesperson for Culture, Europe and External Relations.

Ms Davidson led the Scottish Tories into the 2016 Scottish election, where they doubled their number of seats, replacing Labour as the SNP’s main opposition.

She campaigned to remain in the European Union, and previously said she would not back a no-deal Brexit.

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “Ruth will make her position clear in due course. There will be no further comment tonight.”

Ruth Davidson’s Office have been contacted for a comment.


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