Tory leader resigns

Carlaw quits saying ‘he’s not best placed to lead case for union’

Jackson Carlaw and press

Jackson Carlaw after his election in February (pic: Terry Murden)

Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw today resigned saying that he is not the person best placed to lead the party’s case for staying in the union.

He was elected to succeed Ruth Davidson only in February and his announcement took the political community by surprise, with no indications beforehand that he was considering his position. Ms Davidson is expected to step in temporarily to lead the party.

In his statement Mr Carlaw indicated that he did not feel he was making headway in the key union debate amid speculation that he was forced to step down by Downing Street.

Only last week the Prime Minister made a flying visit to Scotland amid concern that support for the union is weakening, despite billions of pounds being poured into the economy.

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