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Douglas Ross installed as new leader of Scottish Tories

MP AND football linesman Douglas Ross has been installed as the leader of the Scottish Conservatives without a vote by party members. 

Mr Ross will take over from Jackson Carlaw, who resigned just six months into the job, after no challengers came forward. 

The Moray MP, who is to seek election to Holyrood next year, has been criticised over his attacks on the Gypsy and traveller community, as well as for skipping parliamentary votes. 

He will continue as an MP, a job he took after serving just one year at in the Scottish Parliament, with former party leader Ruth Davidson, who has been handed a peerage, deputising in Edinburgh. 

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said that Boris Johnson had “installed” former Scotland Office minister Mr Ross, claiming that the PM’s choice of the back-bench MP rather than any of the Tory MSPs shows that he sees them as “useless.”

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard added: “A recycled Ruth Davidson on her way to the Lords and an assistant referee shouting from the sidelines will not make up for the Scottish Tories’ continued failure to stand up for Scotland.”

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