Davidson not likely to seek re-election
● Former leader now says she won’t contest her seat
Former Scottish Ceonservative leader Ruth Davidson has confirmed she is unlikely to stand in an election again.
Ms Davidson told the Wigtown Book Festival that she would see out her term as Edinburgh Central MSP but was poised to stand down at the next Scottish Parliament elections, adding: “I don’t think that I will stand again.”
Ruth Davidson has said she is unlikely to stand in an election again as the Scottish Conservative party meets to discuss who will replace her as leader amid internal rows over the Brexit stance of her temporary replacement.
Ms Davidson told an audience at the Wigtown Book Festival yesterday that she would see out her term as Edinburgh Central MSP but was poised to stand down at the next Scottish Parliament elections.
She said: “It’s a fairly open secret that I think I’m going to see out my term. I’m giving myself the option to change my mind but I don’t think that I will stand again.”
Ms Davidson, who gave birth to a son, Finn, in October 2018 with her partner Jen Wilson, resigned as leader of her party in August, saying the next Holyrood elections and the possibility of an early Westminster general election “filled her with dread”.
Her seat is likely to be one of the most hotly contested at the 2021 Holyrood elections, with speculation that former SNP Westminster group leader Angus Robertson will stand for the SNP. Mr Robertson responded on social media to the news that Ms Davidson was unlikely to run, saying it was a “good opportunity for Edinburgh Central to have an MSP that will stand up for Scottish democracy and place in Europe, oppose Boris Johnson and damaging Tory policies and proactively represent the constituency”.
However, Ms Davidson did reveal she would be open to “No” role in a second independence referendum. She said: “Look, I hope there won’t be a next time. I will do what I can to stop that happening, but if it is happening there is absolutely no way that I am going to sit it out.
“This is my country, it’s what I’ve fought for, it’s what I believe in. And whether anyone wants me to hold a position or whether they want me to go round, knock doors and hand out leaflets, I’m happy doing both.”
Ms Davidson also said she left her leadership job because she was “hopelessly conflicted by Brexit”. She had clashed with Boris Johnson during the Brexit referendum and later said she would not support leaving the EU without a deal.
However, the Scottish Tory Party is now embroiled in an internal war over Brexit as her interim replacement, Jackson Carlaw, changed his position on Brexit, backing Boris Johnson’s “do or die” approach to leaving on October 31.
He has said a further delay to the UK’S departure from the EU would not be supported by the Scottish Conservatives, and that the party had dropped its opposition to a no-deal Brexit.
He has now reportedly said he is ready to bow out quickly as leader. Today an “away day” in North Queensferry will see Tory MSPS discuss their political future.
“It’s a fairly open secret that I think I’m going to see out my term. I’m giving myself the option to change my mind but I don’t think that I will stand again”
0 Ruth Davidson and Jackson Carlaw MSP, the interim leader of the Scottish Conservative Party