Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson’s departure doesn’t mean the end of the Union

30 August 2019 17:46

The departure yesterday of Ruth Davidson as leader of the Scottish Conservatives has prompted much discomfort among some pro-Union commentators.…

Ruth Davidson takes a pop at David Cameron in her resignation speech

29 August 2019 12:26

Ruth Davidson’s departure is a blow to the Tory party and the Union. Without her, the Tories will find it…

Could Theresa May win back her majority? Yes she can, says Ruth Davidson

24 September 2018 21:00

When a politician writes a personal book, it’s normally coded audition for the party leadership. Ruth Davidson launched book, Yes…

Is Ruth Davidson really the stuff of Tory dreams?

30 May 2018 13:10

“The greatest politician in the world”, a friend quipped recently, “is the Westminster projection of Ruth Davidson”. I do not…

Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson, the new ‘Ike and Tina Turner’

21 May 2018 22:06

To the launch of Onward, the new liberal Conservative think tank. A who’s who of the Tory party, including Liz…

Ruth Davidson and the politics of pregnancy

26 April 2018 18:43

In the early days of The Independent, when the newspaper was self-consciously serious to the point of being mildly priggish,…

Ruth Davidson’s advice for London Tories

5 April 2018 9:20

In this week’s issue of The Spectator, Will Heaven reports that the beleaguered Tories in London mooted formally breaking away from…

No, the suffragettes should not be pardoned

6 February 2018 11:36

Exactly 100 years after (some) women won the right to vote, Ruth Davidson has joined calls for a posthumous pardon…

How Ruth Davidson plans to become First Minister of Scotland

13 December 2017 11:35

Ruth Davidson is clear in her interview with Fraser Nelson and me that she won’t be making her mind up…

Sunday shows round-up: Scottish independence scotched (again)

8 October 2017 16:48

Sturgeon – It is ‘premature’ to set a date for second independence referendum The SNP are rounding off this year’s…

Can Ruth Davidson save the Tory brand?

4 October 2017 11:55

When a bird as sagacious as Danny Finkelstein writes a column in The Times headlined ‘If the Tories want to win,…

Ruth Davidson: Tory party needs to man up

2 October 2017 15:18

Where can Conservatives go if they’re looking to cheer themselves up at their rather nervous, doleful conference? A fringe with…

Ruth Davidson and Boris Johnson have so much in common. Why the bad blood?

30 September 2017 13:45

Boris Johnson and Ruth Davidson are two of my favourite Tory politicians: both energetic, eloquent, optimistic, pro-immigration and – in…

Ruth Davidson is on manoeuvres. What is she playing at?

9 August 2017 15:43

So Ruth Davidson, honorary colonel in the signals reserve, is on manoeuvres again. It is past time, the leader of…

What the papers say: It’s time for some Brexit clarity

9 August 2017 8:15

Ruth Davidson has called into question the government’s pledge to bring net migration down to the ‘tens of thousands’. The…

Why Amber Rudd is the favourite to get Ruth Davidson’s endorsement in the next Tory leadership race

5 August 2017 10:37

There are few people whose endorsement will be more valuable in the next Tory leadership contest than Ruth Davidson’s. She…

Ruth Davidson mocks Theresa May

4 August 2017 15:09

Theresa May made herself something of a laughing stock during the general election when she was asked what was the…

Tory members don’t rate May any more – so who do they like?

4 July 2017 17:32

While the Cabinet bicker among themselves – in meetings, media briefings and the FT letters’ page – about policy, behind…

How long can Nicola Sturgeon pretend that nothing has changed?

15 June 2017 11:22

Is Nicola Sturgeon, not to put too fine a point on things, losing it? Just six weeks ago this question…

I called it! Theresa May has been undone by her pointless election

9 June 2017 18:12

I would direct you to Liddle passim for why we are now in this state of chaos. Even if Theresa…