Jackson Carlaw wins Scottish Tory leadership race to succeed Ruth Davidson
The Eastwood MSP defeated Michelle Ballantyne in the leadership race, as the result was announced in Edinburgh this morning.
Mr Carlaw, who led the party's recent election campaign north of the border, has taken a hard line opposing another independence referendum.
He won by 4,917 votes to 1,581 against the South of Scotland MSP and described the leadership race as a "rollercoaster."
He paid tribute to the "spirited and dedicated" campaign fought by Ms Ballantyne.
But he added: "Our party has chosen and we now move forward as a united party."
Ms Davidson quit as party leader last August - citing her conflict over Brexit and changes to her personal life after becoming a mother - but the contest to find her successor was delayed because of the election.