By | June 17, 2019



Ruth Davidson’s authority continues to seep away, with none of her Westminster team backing her choice for new Tory leader.

Out of the thirteen Scottish Tory MPs elected in 2017, not a single one has announced their support for Ruth Davidson’s preferred candidate Sajid Javid.

Despite announcing after the 2017 election that the group of Tory MPs would vote as a bloc on Ruth Davidson’s orders, the signs are that she has now lost all control – with her MPs instead backing hard-line Brexiteers like Boris Johnson and Michael Gove to become the new Prime Minister.

This rebellion against Ms Davidson follows her latest electoral humiliation, dragging her party into fourth place in the European elections with less than 12 per cent of the vote in Scotland – her fifth defeat in a national election and the worst result since the formation of the Scottish Tories.

Commenting, SNP MSP Shona Robison said:

“It’s clear that Ruth Davidson’s MPs are getting sick and tired of her failed leadership.

“Her authority is seeping away at an incredible rate, leaving her increasingly isolated.

“And no wonder – she’s just overseen one of the most humiliating losses for the Tories in Scotland, her fifth election defeat out of five, dragging her party down to fourth place.

“By hitching her wagon to Sajid Javid’s campaign, she’s backing a No Deal candidate who is working against Scotland’s interests.

“Worse still, Sajid Javid wants to silence Scotland’s voice, saying he ‘won’t allow’ us to make democratic decisions over our future. To top things off, he thinks that devolution is ‘constitutional vandalism’.

“Some of her lieutenants are backing even more hard-line candidates like Boris Johnson and Michael Gove – whose premiership would be an utter disaster for Scotland.”