Jackson Carlaw Resigns as Conservative Leader in Scotland

Jackson Carlaw has resigned from his position as the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party after just six months in the role. He succeeded Ruth Davidson and had previously served as her deputy and as the MSP for Eastwood since 2016.

In a statement Carlaw said:

“Nothing is more important to me than making the case for Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom. I believe the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party is the most important voice in Scotland for setting out that positive argument. I am clear that nothing must get in the way of doing so. In the last few weeks, I have reached a simple if painful conclusion – that I am not, in the present circumstances, the person best placed to lead that case over these next vital months in Scottish politics prior to the Holyrood elections.”

A spokesperson for the Conservative Party thanked Carlaw for his work and said an announcement would be made shortly about the selection of his successor.