The Conservative Party in Scotland have just elected a 32-year-old Sunday school teacher, former soldier, kickboxer and journalist as their leader. Oh, and she’s also a lesbian.
Ruth Davidson’s election has been received with universal playing down of her being a lesbian and playing up of the difficulties she will face reviving the party in Scotland.
Since Margaret Thatcher’s time, the party has done disastrously at the polls in Scotland. At the last regional election, it went backwards again.
So electing a new MP — she’s been in the parliament for only six months — is seen as presenting a “fresh-faced, new generation” for Scottish Tories to the electorate.
One of her leadership opponents had controversially suggested changing the party’s name and distancing itself from the Conservative Party in England and Wales. This caused a bitter leadership election campaign. But it is widely believed that she had the support of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Davidson is only in Parliament after the guy above her on the regional party list was deselected after a financial scandal.
There are eleven openly gay Tory MPs in the UK Parliament, including three Ministers.
However, she is the first openly lesbian or gay leader of a major British political party.
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