Change of plan

Davidson backtracks on PR role over ‘second job’ furore

Ruth Davidson at women's conf

Ruth Davidson: ‘I saw this role as an opportunity to help businesses’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Ruth Davidson has decided against taking up a new role as an adviser to PR company Tulchan Communications.

The former Scottish Tory leader prompted criticism from those opposed to MSPs having second jobs and said that taking up a role advising firms on public affairs would be a conflict of interest.

In a statement today she said: “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.

“I saw this role as an opportunity to help businesses improve their offerings to staff, raise standards in the supply chain, increase diversity and embrace environmental responsibilities.

“I sat down with Scottish Parliamentary officials in advance to go through the code of conduct, in detail, in order to avoid any conflict and to ensure I would be working within the rules at all times. The role reflected this.

“The consensus view from political opponents and commentators is that working to improve businesses’ understanding of the cares and concerns of people is somehow incompatible with my role as an MSP.

“So if I am asked to choose between Holyrood and this role, then I choose the parliament I have dedicated the last nine years to, eight as party leader, a decision Tulchan supports. 

“I would like to thank Tulchan for asking me to take on the role.

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