Lesbian kick boxer leads Scottish Tory party

The Scottish Tory party has a new leader:

Ruth Davidson is the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives after its members narrowly rejected her main opponent’s plan to disband and start a new right-wing party.

The 32-year-old former BBC journalist edged out Murdo Fraser by only 566 votes in the bad-tempered contest after he argued the Tory brand was too mistrusted north of the Border for the party ever to succeed.

But Miss Davidson, who is openly gay and a kick boxer, said she will unite the deeply-divided party and attract new support from sections of Scottish society that have stopped listening to the Conservatives.

The result marks the culmination of a remarkably rapid political ascent. She joined the party two years ago and only won election as a Glasgow MSP in May after the Tories’ first-choice candidate was forced to stand down over his financial history.

What’s the bet she can say gay marriage unlike Charles Chauvel and Grant Robertson.


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  • thor42

    Well, as far as women party leaders go, she is a **shitload** better-looking than Helen Clark. 

  • Ghostwhowalksnz

    Whats the bet , she doesnt say Gay marriage. 
     The same reason the Tories in Britain and NZ wont say it either
    . Two little words say why not . Catholic Church

  • Ghostwhowalksnz

    Ghost wins this round.
    From So Gay ( really!)

    Regarding allowing religious organisations to hold civil partnership ceremonies, I think that they’re going about it the right way. As a Christian, a Conservative and a gay woman, I think its right to bring people with you in this progress as you go. I think we’ve come on leaps and bounds in the last ten years, and, credit where credit’s due, the last government did a lot for gay rights in this country and we need to ensure that there’s no backlash against the changes that have come in.

    So shes for civil unions but doesn’t want a backlash……… that would be a NO


    • Alex

      You entirely forget that David Cameron said he supports gay marriage.

      While I support gay marriage as a gay male, I do feel from my (mainly left leaning) GLBT acquaintances, that it’s all a bit of a non-issue.  Many didn’t want “marriage” because it had hetero baggage; and people (like myself) in long-term relationships before civil unions were enacted, didn’t give a hoot since we had got our lawyers to fix the paper work up and quite liked living in sin (itself “an honourable estate”). 

      Although I do somewhat agree re the Catholic Church.  There are too many Catholics in the National party for my liking.  I’m most probably revealing my Anglican prejudice there, and will be asked to sit on the naughty seat.  However, I do feel that the Catholic Church’s influence has hampered the development of progressive conservativism in NZ; as has the loopy fringe Protestant sects like Destiny and the Baptist Church.  For that reason, I’m not hugely enthused by Colin Craig’s Conservative Party, or the prospect of some hook up with that outfit and National.    

      As I keep saying here, conservatism does not mean “reactionary”.  As shown by the election of the new Scottish Tory leader, and by the fact Chris Finalyson is our AG.

      • Ghostwhowalksnz

         Two words that have done a lot for the idea of gay marriage in the last few days

        Kim Kardashian