Ruth Davidson to stand as MSP in Edinburgh

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will contest a seat in Edinburgh instead of her current seat in Glasgow at the next Holyrood elections. Picture: Jane Barlow

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will contest a seat in Edinburgh instead of her current seat in Glasgow at the next Holyrood elections. Picture: Jane Barlow

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SCOTTISH Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is to switch the Holyrood seat she is planning to contest in next year’s election from Glasgow to Edinburgh in a move she said would allow her to run the party’s nationwide campaign from the capital.

Ms Davidson was the only Conservative returned as a Glasgow list MSP at the Holyrood election in 2011 – just months before she was elected as the party leader north of the Border.

She said that standing in Edinburgh rather than Glasgow would also give the party a better chance of using her profile as leader to boost its representation in the Lothians where the Conservatives won two MSPs last time. Ms Davidson said: “I believe standing for election in Edinburgh will help us maximise our support so that, come May next year, we return the largest number of Scottish Conservatives to Holyrood ever.”

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