Scottish Conservatives: Douglas Ross launches leadership bid

Douglas Ross has officially launched his bid to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

The MP for Moray pledged to make the Tories a "strong opposition" to the SNP at a media event in Aberdeen.

Jackson Carlaw resigned as the Scottish Conservatives leader on Thursday after only six months in the job.

Former Tory leader Ruth Davidson said Mr Ross could be Scotland's first "genuinely post-referendum leader" if elected by party members.

The Edinburgh Central MSP, who will take up a role in the House of Lords next year, will represent the Conservatives at First Ministers Questions until next year's Holyrood election if Mr Ross is appointed the new leader.

Speaking at his campaign launch, Mr Ross said: "We will redeem our promise to be a strong opposition, holding the SNP to account on their handling of the pandemic and their record in government."

Mr Ross said he wanted ensure "all parts of Scotland get a proper voice" and said it was time to decentralise power from the central belt.

Ms Davidson, who joined the Moray MP at his launch, said she is "proud and excited" to call him her boss.

She added: "I don't want to labour the past, but I do know a bit about party leadership. And I know how tough it can be.

"I know it takes dedication, determination and 100% commitment to achieving your goals.

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