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Douglas Ross succeeds Jackson carlaw as new Tory leader in Scotland

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Douglas Ross (R) is a close ally of Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Douglas Ross has become the new leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland following a token selection process.

The Moray MP was the sole candidate to put his name forward to replace outgoing Tory leader in Scotland, Jackson Carlaw.

After nominations closed at noon today, Ross, 37, secured the leadership without a contest.

However, Ross’s effortless win creates a political problem in so far as he is not currently a member of the Scottish Parliament (also known as Holyrood).

Ross briefly served in the Scottish parliament, for the Highlands and Islands constituency, from 2016 to 2017.

Former Tory leader in Scotland, Ruth Davidson, will reportedly stand in for Ross at Holyrood (at First Minister’s Questions) until the next Scottish Parliament election, scheduled for May 2021.  

It is not clear what will happen if Ross fails to secure a seat at the next Holyrood election.

On securing the Tory leadership in Scotland, Ross pledged to “focus not on the divisions of the past but on rebuilding our country from the brink”.    

Ross assumes the leadership at a time of heightened volatility in Scottish Tory ranks.

It is widely believed that deep divisions inside the Scottish Conservative Party forced Carlaw to quit early, less than six months after he succeeded Davidson in the role.

As a close ally of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Ross is expected to fully align the Scottish Tories with the Conservative administration in London.  


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