Saturday June 6, 2020

Blow for Johnson as popular Scottish leader quits

Ruth Davidson, who ran the party in Scotland for almost eight years, said the pressures of family life prompted her decision, but her differences with Johnson over Brexit loomed large.

30th August, 2019
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson at a press conference announcing her resignation. Pic: Getty

Ruth Davidson, who ran the party in Scotland for almost eight years and ranked among the UK’s most popular politicians, said the pressures of family life prompted her decision, but her differences with Johnson over Britain’s protracted departure from the European Union loomed large.

While Davidson’s departure removes one of Johnson’s high-profile internal critics, it also increases the risks to him should he end up having to fight an election to...

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