Second Tory clashes with Ross

Ballantyne quits over ‘differences’ with Ross

Michelle Ballantyne: ‘differences’

Former Scottish Conservative party leadership contender Michelle Ballantyne has resigned from the party – the second MSP to clash with the new leader’s policies in the past week.

Ms Ballantyne, who lost out to Jackson Carlaw in last year’s campaign to succeed Ruth Davidson, said there were “differences arising for some in the party’s positioning on policy and, indeed, its principles”.

She indicated that it was the party’s position on travel restrictions being enforced in law that had been her main objection, adding that the party “need to question a lot harder” the government’s approach. The same reason was given for rural affairs spokesman Oliver Mundell’s resignation from the front bench at the weekend.

Ms Ballantyne will see out the remainder of the parliament as an independent.

She said: “It is with great sadness that I have decided to resign today from the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

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