She is the first openly gay candidate to stand for any party leadership. She said: “Real change will come when the party unites behind a dynamic, modern leader. I will be that leader. Under my leadership, there will be no existential crisis, no wringing of hands. I want people proud to call themselves Scottish, Conservative and Unionist.”
A former BBC journalist, lesbian Glasgow MSP Ruth Davidson has launched a bid to lead the Scottish Conservative Party. The 32-year-old Ms Davidson was elected in May but is said to be a favourite of Cameron’s and is tipped to win the contest.