Scottish Conservatives sued over ‘MEP stitch up’

The Scottish Conservatives face legal action following an alleged 'stitch up' by Ruth Davidson.
The Scottish Conservatives face legal action following an alleged 'stitch up' by Ruth Davidson.
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The Scottish Conservatives are being taken to court by a disgruntled former candidate over an alleged “stitch-up” by Ruth Davidson.

It has been reported that the Scottish Conservatives face action following a row over who should represent the party in Brussels.

Ian Duncan has been installed as a Lord. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

Ian Duncan has been installed as a Lord. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

A writ has been served by Belinda Don after she was looked over in her attempt to become a Scottish Conservative MEP.

Critics have claimed that the decision was a deliberate snub by the party’s leader, Ruth Davidson.

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The move comes after Ian Duncan, the current MEP for Scotland, was given a place at the House of Lords, meaning he would need to give up his Brussels role.

Belinda Don, who was the new candidate on the party list, the system used to select MEPs, was looked over in favour of Iain McGill despite McGill being further down the party list.

Ms Don refused to comment on the legal challenge stating that she was “currently in discussion with the party regarding obeying order of the European list.”

A Scottish Conservative spokesman said that the writ had been served but the party was unable to comment.

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Ian Duncan had failed in his bid to become an MP after losing to the SNP incumbent by 21 votes in Perth and North Perthshire two weeks ago.

It is understood that in 2011, Belinda Don opposed Ruth Davidson becoming Scottish party leader.

The SNP have demanded an explanation for the decision from Ruth Davidson as to why she has nominated her fifth placed Euro candidate to replace outgoing MEP Ian Duncan.

Commenting, SNP MP Pete Wishart said: “The Tories seem absolutely determined to stitch up jobs for the boys and put Ruth Davidson’s cronies where she wants them.

“First, Ian Duncan is rejected by the electorate – but is parachuted into the Lords so he can take up a ministerial job anyway.

“Now, Ruth Davidson hand-picks another failed candidate to jump the queue and replace Ian Duncan as an MEP. No wonder the second-placed candidate feels so aggrieved they’ve called in the lawyers.

“It seems like democracy is less important to the Tories than Ruth Davidson getting her own way.”