Charles Ellingworth

04:14

Ruth Davidson

Amongst the possible future Tory leaders there is only one that stands out - in a good way that is; Ruth Davidson. On the face of it she has everything a modern party leader should have: she is a woman, Scottish (a neutral accent), working class, gay and personable. Every box ticked. 

I saw her, up close and in the flesh, about eighteen months ago being interviewed by Tina Brown. This was before the electoral success that catapulted her to the fore of Scottish politics. She was very impressive. Three things stood out. Her intelligence was obvious and you could see that she would be a formidable debater with a dexterity of mind that didn’t remind you of Jeremy Corbyn. She was also humourous with an ability to turn a question and laugh at herself. But above all she was passionate. This is something that is difficult to fake and is political gold. It is that quality that raises her above the  technocrats and egoists that traditionally inhabit the political world and make her the Tory leader in waiting that pretty well everyone could get behind.

The problem is that she is not a Westminster MP and protests that her ambition is only to be First Minister of Scotland.. Well, she would say that wouldn’t she, as the SNP would make hay with any doubts about her Scottish loyalties. But her history says different as she did, in fact, try for an English seat before one north of the border: she lost to Savid Javid in the selection process for his seat in Bromsgrove.

Interestingly, this does not appear in her Wikipedia entry. 

This is a very smart politician. Watch this space.
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