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RUTH DAVID­SON EX­PECT­ING FIRST CHILD

De­light for top Tory and partner Jen

- BY HI­LARY DUNCANSON Supermodels · Viral · Gossip · Celebrities · Scottish Conservatives · Theresa May · Nicola Sturgeon · Ruth Davidson · Jackson Carlaw

Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive leader Ruth David­son ad­mits she can­not stop smil­ing as she re­vealed she is preg­nant with her first child.

She spoke of her de­light af­ter an­nounc­ing that she and partner Jen Wil­son will wel­come their new ar­rival in late au­tumn.

Ms David­son says she and her partner since 2014 are “ex­cited and daunted” about the months to come and are “over­joyed” at the prospect of start­ing a fam­ily to­gether.

The 39-year-old politi­cian said the news does not change her po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ment or her plans to lead the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives into the 2021 Holy­rood elec­tions, stat­ing that she is “sim­ply do­ing what thou­sands of work­ing women do ev­ery year”.

Ms David­son, who has made no se­cret of her de­sire to be a mother, found out in March that an IVF pro­ce­dure had worked.

She said there had been “ups and downs” along the way, but added: “We’re just de­lighted that it’s been suc­cess­ful. We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to start­ing our fam­ily.”

Asked how she felt when she was told the good news, she said: “Just re­ally re­lieved, ac­tu­ally, be­cause it’s quite a lot of stress and pres­sure.

“I ac­tu­ally can’t keep the smile off my face.”

Ms David­son re­vealed that she has been af­fected a lit­tle by morn­ing sick­ness, fa­tigue and dizzy spells, but says it will be “busi­ness as usual” un­til she goes on ma­ter­nity leave, hit­ting her work com­mit­ments with “cus­tom­ary gusto”.

Ms David­son’s deputy within the party, Jack­son Car­law, will hold the fort for a few months while she is on ma­ter­nity leave – although she ad­mits she is un­likely to able to stay off the phone, “de­mand­ing reg­u­lar up­dates” dur­ing this time.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May tweeted her con­grat­u­la­tions fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, say­ing: “Won­der­ful news! I’m very happy for you and Jen.”

Ni­cola Stur­geon said: “Many con­grat­u­la­tions to Ruth David­son and her partner Jen on their lovely news. The baby box is on the way!”

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FAM­ILY: Scots Tory leader Ruth David­son, right, and her partner Jen Wil­son are ‘over­joyed’

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