Ruth Davidson

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Ruth Davidson in 2016

Ruth Davidson (born 10 November 1978) is a Scottish politician. She was Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party from November 2011 to August 2019 and also the Leader of the Opposition in the Scottish Parliament from May 2016 to August 2019.


From August 2020, she began serving as the Leader of the Conservative Party in the Scottish Parliament and the Leader of the Opposition until the Next Scottish Parliament election, while overall party leader and MP Douglas Ross is yet to be elected to the Scottish Parliament.

Career[change | change source]

Davidson was elected as a Member of the Scottish Parliament in May 2011.[1] She became leader of the Scottish Conservative Party on 4 November 2011.[2]

Before being an MSP she worked as a journalist. She was in the Territorial Army for three years. She also worked as a Sunday School teacher.[1]

Davidson left the position of leader of the Scottish Conservative Party on 29 August 2019.[3]

Personal life[change | change source]

Davidson was born in Edinburgh. She lives in Partick, Glasgow. She is a lesbian.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ruth Davidson MSP – Leader of the Scottish Conservatives". Scottish Conservatives. Retrieved 23 Dec 2014.
  2. "Ruth Davidson elected new Scottish Conservative leader". BBC News website. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. "Ruth Davidson quits as Scottish Conservative leader". BBC News. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  4. Tories choose lesbian to fight Glasgow by-election

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