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Scottish Conservatives Elect Lesbian Leader

Scottish Conservatives Elect Lesbian Leader

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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4:37PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Great news. Congratulations, and Good Luck Ruth Davidson!

2:35PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Past member, You just confirmed what I said, thank you

1:54PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

It should be said that the Conservatives are so irrelevant in Scotland now that there's a proposal to disband the party and start again with a new name.

So good luck with that, Ruth.

1:46PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

I am Scottish and have always been Tory. What does it matter if the leader is Lesbian or not. It is none of our business. If she can increase the Tories back in Scotland that is all that matters.
The media always tries to bring out anything detrimental in peoples private lives.

12:39PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Yes, I fear Patrick's hit the nail on the head.

12:34PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Conservative use dirty tricks all the time to gain votes. They don't support her any more than they support liberalism, they just want to trick people into voting Conservative. The U.S. is doing the same with Herman Cain, to get the minority vote.Fool me once......

11:38AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Not to keen on the Tory ideology myself but will follow with interest. Happy to see an out lesbian making a difference. Way to go Ruth and Scotland.

10:40AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

noted

8:33AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Yay.

8:32AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

I am Scottish and had no idea she was lesbian, nor do I see it as important. Her being lesbian has played little or no part of the news. I agree with Thom L - in Scotland (especially rather than Britain) the main story is she is a tory - Scotland being traditionally Labour.

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