Douglas Ross named as the new Scottish Conservatives leader

Douglas Ross has been named the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives after another contender failed to materialise.

According to Mirror, he will take over from Jackson Carlaw after his resignation on Thursday, just six months after his election as leader.

The Moray MP is expected to seek a seat in Holyrood at next year’s election, although he has not said where he would stand.

Previously an MSP between 2016 and 2017, Mr Ross represented the Highlands and Islands region before beating SNP depute leader Angus Robertson for the Moray seat at Westminster.

Former leader Ruth Davidson has been asked to represent the party at First Minister’s Questions.

Ms Davidson has said she will step down from Holyrood next year and is expected to take a seat in the House of Lords.

In the first 30 days of his leadership, Mr Ross has said he will publish an economic plan for Scotland, effectively launching the Conservatives campaign for 2021.

He also said he would like more powers to be given to local authorities to combat what he said has been a “power grab” from the Scottish Government.

Writing in the Scottish Daily Mail on Monday, Mr Ross and Ms Davidson announced they were launching a “joint ticket”, saying they “want to take on the SNP and take Scotland forward”.

Mr Ross garnered support from across the party, including from Ms Davidson and Mr Carlaw.

Former Scottish Secretary David Mundell and current depute leaders Annie Wells and Liam Kerr were among others to support Mr Ross after he announced his candidacy on Friday.

Appointed a Scotland Office minister in December, Mr Ross resigned from the position in May over senior adviser Dominic Cummings ‘ controversial journey between London and Durham during lockdown.