Ruth Davidson quits as Scottish Tory leader citing Brexit and family

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Decision motivated by ‘conflict over Brexit’ and desire to spend time with her partner and son

Ruth Davidson has quit as leader of the Scottish Conservatives, citing both the conflict she feels over Brexit and her desire to achieve a better balance between her working and family life.

Davidson, who gave birth to her first child in November, confirmed she would continue as MSP for Edinburgh Central until 2021, but said “the threat of spending hundreds of hours away from my home and family [to fight another election] now fills me with dread, and that is no way to lead”.

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