Tory leader Ruth Davidson splits from partner

Ruth Davidson: Scottish Conservatives confirmed split with partner. Picture: PA

Ruth Davidson: Scottish Conservatives confirmed split with partner. Picture: PA

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SCOTTISH Tory leader Ruth Davidson has split up with her female partner after the couple “grew apart”.

• Ruth Davidson splits from partner after five-year relationship

• Couple ‘grew apart’ due to hectic work schedules

Ms Davidson, the UK’s first openly gay political party leader, split from Saskia Halcrow after a five-year relationship.

The 34-year-old lived in a flat with Ms Halcrow, also 34, in the Finnieston area of Glasgow.

It is understood that Ms Halcrow, a business analyst, moved out of the property last month.

A Scottish Conservative spokesman told the Daily Express: “Sadly, Ruth and her partner separated some two months ago and they are now no longer living together.”

A party insider said: “There is no one else involved. Like many couples with hectic working lives, they have simply grown apart. There is no other explanation.

“They agreed to go their own ways just after the new year.

“Although Ruth is very sad about the split, it is a mutual thing and both want to remain good friends. It has all been very amicable.”

Ms Davidson is a supporter of gay marriage despite deep divisions within her own party both in Scotland and the UK over the issue.

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