Ruth returns to her roots in leadership race

New leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Ruth Davidson. Pic: Neil Hanna
New leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Ruth Davidson. Pic: Neil Hanna

NEW Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson kept faith with her old school motto during her successful election bid.

The ex-Buckhaven High pupil said ‘perseverando’ was firmly in mind as she campaigned to succeed Annabel Goldie as Tory chief in Scotland.

Some had felt the Glasgow list MSP was possibly too young and inexperienced to take the helm – but Ms Davidson, 33 tomorrow (Thursday), said her old school’s message of pursuing a goal and sticking with it, when you perhaps weren’t expected to succeed, was inspiring.

The former BBC journalist and reporter with the Mail’s sister paper, the ‘Glenrothes Gazette’, said she felt the whole leadership contest, which saw her triumph on Friday, had “reinvigorated” the Conservative party, while a lot was now expected of her.

Speaking to the Mail during a day of talks at ‘Number 10’ with Prime Minister David Cameron, Ms Davidson, from Lundin Links, said she aimed to start improving the party’s electoral performances and making sure she did not let the Conservatives down.

She also saw no lingering conflict from the divisions in the leadership race, as the candidates had all agreed they would support the winner.

The contest provided the right context for putting forward ideas, trying to promote them, and letting the party decide, added Ms Davidson – whose attention will shortly be on Conservative campaigns for the local government elections in six months’ time.