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Scottish Conservative leader to resign after general election

by LLB political Reporter
10th Jun 24 10:46 am

The Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has announced he will step down after the general election and could also quit as MSP.

The Tory MP said on Monday it is “not feasible” for him to be both an MSP and a Conservative leader.

Previously Ross said that he thought it would be possible to hold three posts, but he has said that “on reflection, that is not feasible.”

Ross said, “Should I be given the honour to represent the people and communities of this new seat, they should know being their MP would receive my complete focus and attention.

“I will, therefore, stand down as leader following the election on July 4, once a successor is elected.

“Should I win the seat, I will also stand down as an MSP to make way for another Scottish Conservative representative in Holyrood.”

He added, “My party has a chance to beat the SNP in key seats up and down Scotland, including in Aberdeenshire North and Moray East.

“We must now come together and fully focus on doing exactly that.”

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