Ruth Davidson quits as Scottish Tory leader

Ruth Davidson has quit as Scottish Conservative leader "with a heavy heart".

Ruth Davidson announced her resignation at a press conference. Credit: BBC

She said leading the Tories in Holyrood - the job which she took on in November 2011 - had been the "privilege of my life".

But as she formally resigned as leader, Ms Davidson - who had campaigned for Remain in the 2016 European referendum - cited the "conflict" she had felt over Brexit.

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She also said that "work has always come first" over the past eight years, but the arrival of her son Finn last October meant she now wants to make a "different choice".

With elections looming, she said the prospect of "spending hundreds of hours away from my home and family now fills me with dread".

And she added: "That is no way to lead."

She said: "I fear that having tried to be a good leader over the years, I have proved a poor daughter, sister, partner and friend. The party and my work has always come first, often at the expense of commitments to loved ones.

"The arrival of my son means I now make a different choice."

Ms Davidson clashed with Boris Johnson during the Brexit referendum, and her resignation came just a day after the Prime Minister announced he will temporarily suspend Parliament in the run-up to the UK's EU departure date of October 31.

But she stressed it was "both professional and personal" changes that had prompted her decision to quit.