Douglas Ross had to resign as Scottish Conservative leader after standing in colleague David Duguid’s seat, his predecessor says | Politics News | Sky News


Douglas Ross announced he will resign as Scottish Tory leader after the election.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross could have avoided resigning had he not decided to stand in a seat from which his colleague had been deselected, his predecessor told Sky News.
Ruth Davidson, who was leader until 2021, told Sky News’ Electoral Dysfunction podcast Mr Ross was “probably always going to have to stand down” after he put himself forward to stand in the seat David Duguid was planning on standing for again.
Mr Ross’s decision to stand as an MP was made hours before final nominations had to be declared last Friday, and the morning after Mr Duguid had said the night before he was looking forward to campaigning for the Aberdeenshire North and Moray East seat.
Former Tory minister Mr Duguid was deselected due to his health, the Scottish Tory party said, after suffering a severe illness that involved spinal surgery and remains in hospital.


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