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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 – 17:39
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Douglas Ross confirmed as new Scottish Conservatives leader

Douglas Ross has won the leadership for the Scottish Conservatives.

Nobody challenged the Moray MP in the election and with nominations closing at midday on Wednesday, Mr Ross was confirmed as the new leader without a contest needing to take place.

Mr Ross replaces Jackson Carlaw in the role as Scottish Conservatives leader after he unexpectedly quit last week, just months after taking over the role from Ruth Davidson.

Mr Ross is not currently a Member of the Scottish Parliament, but has said that he wishes to win a seat in Holyrood in the next election. Until then, Ruth Davidson is set to stand in for Ross at First Minister’s Questions.

Mr Ross has been an MP in the House of Commons since 2017. Before then, he was a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Highland and Islands region.

As new leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ross has said he wants to hand more powers to local councils and has said he will not back calls for a second independence referendum, as supported by the Scottish National Party (SNP).

In the 2019 General Election, the SNP won 48 of the Scottish UK Parliament seats, while the Conservatives won just 6. The Conservatives are the second largest party in the Scottish Parliament, winning 31 seats in 2016, compared to the SNP’s 63 seats.

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