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Scottish Conservative Party Leader Jackson Carlaw Resigns

Jackson Carlaw, former leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, has resigned as party leader after only being named leader since February.

The former leader said when taking the decision ‘party and country comes first.’

In his resignation, Mr Carlaw said: “Over the summer I have had the chance to think hard about my role as leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

"Nothing is more important to me than making the case for Scotland's place in the United Kingdom.”

Considering who might take his place and the impact he’s made during his time as leader of the opposition Mr Carlaw added: “I simply believe that a new leader will be able, as we recover from the COVID emergency, to make the case for the Scottish Conservatives and the Union better than me. That is all that matters.

"I leave the job with genuine pride at my time in office, both as interim leader and as leader for the last year.

“I especially enjoyed the eight years as deputy leader and being an integral part of the success achieved.”

Mr Carlaw’s time as leader started as interim leader after Ruth Davidson stood down earlier around this same time last year.

Reflecting on this time, he added: “Managing the transition from Ruth Davidson's leadership to a refreshed party has been a challenging task but I feel confident that I leave the role with the party in good heart and, crucially, with time to elect a new leader so he or she can prepare for the elections next year.

"The Scottish Conservatives will fight those elections as we have always done - as the one party that will unequivocally speak up for all those Scots who do not want to go back to more division, but instead want our country to move on, as part of the United Kingdom, able to rise to the challenges of the future.

“I will fight that cause hard for these next few vital months as a loyal member of my party.”

Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom Prime Minister, said: “Jackson Carlaw has been a tremendous servant to the Scottish Conservative Party for more than four decades.

“As an activist, deputy chairman, deputy leader and leader, he has given his all and deserves our thanks for his efforts.

“It is a mark of his commitment to the cause that he chooses to stand aside at this time and I offer my best wishes to him, Wynne and the family.”

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