Ruth Davidson to host new radio show in London

The Scottish Tory leader in Holyrood is set to start presenting her new show for LBC this week.
Ruth Davidson, the reappointed leader of the Scottish Tories, will present a new radio show on LBC.Ruth Davidson, the reappointed leader of the Scottish Tories, will present a new radio show on LBC.
Ruth Davidson, the reappointed leader of the Scottish Tories, will present a new radio show on LBC.

The former leader of the Scottish Conservatives is set to kick off her career in the media with a new radio show on LBC, it has been announced.

Ruth Davidson, who was recently appointed the leader of the Scottish Tories in Holyrood, will join the talk radio station LBC with a new show on Sunday nights between 9pm and 10pm called ‘An Inconvenient Ruth’.

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The show will see the Edinburgh Central MSP interview some of the UK’s most notable figures, LBC owner Global said, examining the highs and lows of their careers.

The first show will broadcast on Sunday 13 September and will see the Tory politician interview former prime minister Tony Blair.

Ms Davidson will stand down as MSP at the May 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.

She has been appointed a peer and will take her seat in the House of Lords when her term as an MSP is over.

All of the profits from the show will go to the Edinburgh charity Maggie's Cancer Care Centre and it is understood the extent of the fee will depend on the revenue generated by the show, rather than a flat fee.

Ruth Davidson said: “Some politicians take time out at weekends by hitting the gym, reading books or going hillwalking. I'm excited to spend an hour on LBC talking to fascinating people about their life, their work and the change they're making to the world.

“From scientists to celebrities, artists to athletes and all sorts of world-beating figures in between, I'll be asking them to share their story – the hard times as well as the good.

“As someone who used to work in radio before they entered politics, I’m looking forward to getting back behind a microphone. Podcasts are new to me, and a bit different, but I hope this one sees lots of downloads so we can raise money for Maggie’s in Edinburgh.

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“COVID has been so hard on people suffering from cancer – and on the charities which support them – and every little bit of fundraising help can make a difference.”

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