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Ruth Davidson outlines rules she stuck by while in politics

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The former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, led the pro-Union campaign to victory in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. Ms Davidson stepped back from frontline politics at the 2021 Holyrood elections to focus on her family, yet suggested she could make a comeback earlier this month at an Edinburgh Fringe show.

Ms Davidson said she will “always” campaign against a second Scottish independence referendum.

Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Nicola Sturgeon is pushing for a second independence referendum to be held next year. 

The fate of the vote – which could result in the break up of the Union –  is due to be decided by the Supreme Court in October as Westminster has refused to permit a second vote.

In a poll that ran from 2pm on Sunday, August 21, to midday on Wednesday, August 24, asked readers: “Who do you back on the future of the Union?” 

In total, 3,766 people cast their votes with the overwhelming majority, 92 percent (3,446 people) backing “Ruth Davidson”. 

A further eight percent (304 people) said they supported “Nicola Sturgeon”, while just 16 people said they did not know.  

Dozens of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared their thoughts on the future of the Union.

Most readers backed Ms Davidson and her pro-Unionist views to keep the UK together. 

Username virginiapinkn said: “It has to be Ruth [Davidson].” 

Username Susandenham said: “No contest at all…Ruth all the way.” 

And Username narla said: “At last Ruth Davison is standing up for Scotland and the Union and hopefully the people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will listen to her and show that we are better together.”

Another, username Big Mick said: “Ruth Davidson should get back to being the Conservative lead.  

“Thought she was articulate and stood her ground, Sturgeon finally met her match with her.” 

Meanwhile, username Bluestorm2 said: “Ruth Davidson and Sturgeon are as bad as each other.” 

Ms Sturgeon launched her new independence drive less than a decade after the previous referendum, which saw Scots vote to remain in the Union 55 percent to 45 percent.


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Business Minister Ivan McKee has said the Scottish Government has plans for “five or six” new official papers that make a case for independence in the coming months.

He told the BBC’s Sunday Show, on August 21: “We have to be very very clear to make sure that we’re communicating with the people of Scotland exactly what we would do if we were an independent country.” 

It had been reported that Ms Davidson would join former Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster on a UK-wide road trip to highlight the benefits of staying together in the Union. 

However, Ms Davidson has distanced herself from the alleged pro-Union tour on Twitter.

The Times’s journalist Keiran Andrews tweeted: “A source close to Ruth Davidson has described reports she is going on tour with Arlene Foster to promote the Union as ‘utter bollocks’ …” 

Ms Davidson shared the post, writing: “This source is well informed….”

Ms Foster has also dismissed reports of a UK tour but confirmed a new pro-Union organisation is being formed. 

She said the Together UK Foundation will promote “pro-Union voices from across the entire UK to highlight the benefits the Union brings to us all – mostly without us realising it”.

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