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Jackson Carlaw has resigned suddenly as the Scottish Conservatives’ leader, claiming he is not the right person to lead his party into the forthcoming Holyrood elections.

Hours after a combative session at first minister’s questions, Carlaw issued a statement saying he had reached “a simple if painful conclusion” over the last few weeks that the Scottish party needed a new and better leader.

Carlaw only became leader in February, after a drawn-out campaign to replace his predecessor, Ruth Davidson, a pro-European who quit last year rather than work with Boris Johnson.

Carlaw said:

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.

Given the importance I attach to the job, I’ve therefore decided to stand down with immediate effect.

[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.

Read the original article at The Guardian

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