Ruth’s re­think on £50k lobby job

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

RUTH David­son has aban­doned plans for a lob­by­ing job af­ter com­ing un­der pres­sure to quit as an MSP.

The for­mer Scot­tish Tory leader was set to take a se­nior ad­vi­sor role with PR firm Tulchan Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. She was to be paid £50,000 for 25 days’ work a year, on top of her £63,579 MSP salary.

The an­nounce­ment last week sparked fury among op­po­nents, who called on the Ed­in­burgh Cen­tral MSP to re­sign from her Scot­tish par­lia­ment role.

Yes­ter­day, Miss David­son said she had de­cided ‘not to pro­ceed with the ap­point­ment’ at the Lon­don lob­by­ing firm. She added: ‘The de­bate in Scot­land about my tak­ing an ad­vi­sory role with Tulchan Com­mu­ni­ca­tions has be­come in­creas­ingly con­tentious. I, and Tulchan, have there­fore agreed not to pro­ceed with the ap­point­ment.’

Labour MSP Neil Find­lay, who plans to lodge a Mem­ber’s Bill in the Scot­tish par­lia­ment to ban MSPs from hav­ing sec­ond jobs, said there was ‘a clear con­flict of in­ter­est’.

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