Ruth’s rethink on £50k lobby job
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’.