Jackson Carlaw elected Scottish Conservatives leader

14 February 2020, 10:58

Jackson Carlaw won a landslide majority in the poll of party members
Jackson Carlaw won a landslide majority in the poll of party members. Picture: PA
Ewan Somerville

By Ewan Somerville

Jackson Carlaw has been elected as the new Scottish Conservatives leader. 

Mr Carlaw, who had been the interim leader since Ruth Davidson resigned last August, won with a 75.7 per cent majority.

The Eastwood MSP defeated Michelle Ballantyne by 4,917 votes to 1,581 in a poll of party members.
After the result, he vowed that the Tories could now progress north of the border as "one united party".

The highly-charged contest saw the pair frequently trade insults, with Ms Ballantyne accusing him of running a general election campaign that "asked vision and ambition".

Jackson Carlaw was congratulated by rival Michelle Ballantyne as he was declared leader
Jackson Carlaw was congratulated by rival Michelle Ballantyne as he was declared leader. Picture: PA

Mr Carlaw, the favourite in the race, responded by accusing the South of Scotland MSP of not never submitting a "single policy proposal" to Holyrood.

The Tories lost seven of 13 MPs in Scotland on December 12.

Mr Carlaw said on Friday that in backing him members had heralded a "decent, generous, spirited aspirational Conservatism" and promised to engage new voters ahead of next year's Scottish Parliament poll.

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