David­son hints at bid for UK party lead­er­ship if To­ries are in op­po­si­tion

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

FOR­MER Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive leader Ruth David­son has hinted at a pos­si­ble re­turn to pol­i­tics when the To­ries are in op­po­si­tion at West­min­ster – and sug­gested she could lead the party.

Af­ter stand­ing down from her lead­er­ship role in Au­gust, cit­ing Brexit and per­sonal chal­lenges fol­low­ing the birth of her son, Finn, she re­mains an MSP but has said she does not be­lieve she will stand for re-elec­tion.

How­ever, in an in­ter­view for The Sun­day Tele­graph’s Stella Mag­a­zine, she sug­gested she may re-en­ter the po­lit­i­cal world when the Con­ser­va­tives are in op­po­si­tion at West­min­ster, hint­ing she could make a bid to lead the UK party.

She said: “It may well be that my time in pol­i­tics doesn’t come again un­til we’re in op­po­si­tion. I’ve prob­a­bly got more ex­pe­ri­ence than any­one in the party on how to lead from op­po­si­tion.

“If some­one tapped on my door and asked me to help, I’d be there in a heart­beat.

“But at the mo­ment, I’ve got four or five years when my son isn’t at school and that is not a time that I’m con­tem­plat­ing mov­ing 450 miles away for the ma­jor­ity of the week. It’s just some things are more im­por­tant than pol­i­tics.”

In the wide-rang­ing in­ter­view, Ms David­son also spoke about com­ing out to her fam­ily as gay and about the abuse she re­ceives as a politi­cian. “I’ve never re­ally spo­ken about it be­cause the re­la­tion­ship I have with my fam­ily [now] is not the same as the [one] I had with them at the time I came out. It’s to pro­tect them,” she said.

She added that she had to learn to be “a bit of a street­fighter” in pol­i­tics, say­ing she could re­ceive up to 1,000 abu­sive tweets a day.

OPEN TO COME­BACK: Ruth David­son stepped down as leader of the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives in Au­gust, cit­ing her con­cerns over Brexit.

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