Ruth Davidson's resignation

Ruth’s energy and passion were the reason I and many others entered politics. She has and will continue to, take the fight to the Nationalists and has transformed Scottish Politics for the better.

She has paved the way for the Scottish Conservatives to be the alternative to the SNP and their dangerous rhetoric on a divisive second referendum and the impact it would have on our country. Our party now have 13 Members of Parliament in Westminster and 31 MSPs in Holyrood and are recognised as the official opposition, holding the SNP to account and delivering for Scotland.

I am delighted that Ruth has decided to continue as the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Central. Her experience and leadership will be invaluable in the months and years ahead.

She has been an indomitable leader and a friend. Her legacy will be the revival of the Conservative Party in Scotland and the continued preservation of the United Kingdom.