Tories in crisis

Ruth Davidson to resign as leader of Scottish Conservatives

Ruth Davidson at women's conf

Quitting: Ruth Davidson (pic: Terry Murden)

Ruth Davidson is expected to resign as leader of the Scottish Conservatives in the wake of Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament.

She is expected to confirm the news in a statement in Edinburgh tomorrow.

Ms Davidson, 40, has been leader of the Scottish Conservatives since November 2011 and has been credited with a resurgence in support for the party north of the border.

She has even been tipped as a future UK Tory leader but ruled out the move last year stating that her ambition was to become First Minister of Scotland.

However, she is understood to have taken the decision to step down some weeks ago, partly as a result of the pressures on her personally since becoming a mother.

Ms Davidson gave birth to boy Finn in October, and Ms Davidson and partner Jen Wilson have been juggling childcare duties.

News of her departure will be a blow for Mr Johnson if he calls a general election soon.

At the 2016 Holyrood election, the Scottish Tories doubled their MSP seats to 31, replacing Labour as the main opposition to the SNP.

At the 2017 General Election, Tory MPs in Scotland rose from one to 13 and the party achieved a 28.6% share of the vote, its best performance since 1983.

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