Ruth Davidson, the Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, is expected to resign following the announcement of Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, that he wanted Parliament prorogued. John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, made a rare intervention into politics to say that the decision was a “constitutional outrage”.
The Guardian newspaper reported the expected resignation, but sources close to Ruth Davidson are suggesting that the decision was also made so that she could spend more time with her family.
Ruth Davidson, the Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has called on the party to unite behind Theresa May, the Prime Minister, after a difficult political week.
Speaking on Nick Robinson’s Political Thinking, Davidson said:
“I would tell my party to get its house in order, get together, knuckle down and make sure our first, last and only commitment is to the country that we are incredibly lucky to serve and we should never forget that”.
Speaking about what would happen if there was a new leader:
“I think the instability would be very difficult if that were to happen, but I don’t think it will”.
Talking of former male Cabinet Ministers talking the Prime Minister down, Davidson said:
“She’s the Prime Minister of this country, none of you made it that far, so put up, shut up, get off the stage and get back to governing”.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has criticised the recent US policy on ban immigrants from certain countries. Donald Trump, the US President, said that the measure was on security grounds.
Johnson said on Twitter:
“We will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad. Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality”.
Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, called for a state visit by the US President for later in the year to be cancelled. She said:
“State visits are designed for both the host, and the head of state who is being hosted, to celebrate and entrench the friendships and shared values between their respective countries”.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, also supported a ban on Trump visiting on a state visit, saying that it would be “totally wrong” and he added, referring to the new US policy on banning citizens from certain countries “I’m not happy about him coming here until that ban is lifted”.
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, has said that the SNP supports a 50p top rate of income tax. The debate on taxation in Scotland has intensified recently as from April 2017 the Scottish Parliament will be able to set its own income tax rates.
Speaking during a TV debate, produced by the BBC, before the Scottish Parliament elections, which are held on 5 May 2016, Nicola Sturgeon said:
“I think there should be a 50p top rate of tax but you don’t set tax rates if it is going to lose you money. I don’t want to turn around in two years time and say we’ve got less money to spend on our health service”.
Kezia Dugdale, the leader of Scottish Labour, said:
“We would ask the richest to pay a bit more, ask those people who earn £150,000 a year to pay a 50p rate”.
Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, warned about high taxation compared to rest of the UK:
“The people at home have just watched the first minister of Scotland saying she wants to make Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK. And then they have watched the leader of the opposition say that’s not enough, we need to take more money off working Scots”.
The Liberal Democrats have said they will increase tax by 1p for everyone to fund education and the Greens have said that more taxation needs to be raised to mitigate against Government spending cuts.