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The naming of Douglas Ross as Scottish Conservative leader has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands Tory MSP Donald Cameron as good news for his region.
The Moray MP was the only candidate to have put his name forward to replace Jackson Carlaw.
Former Tory leader Ruth Davidson has agreed to stand in for Mr Ross at First Minister’s Questions until next year’s Scottish Parliament election when he hopes to win a seat at Holyrood.
‘I’d like to offer Douglas my hearty congratulations on becoming leader of our party. Having known him for over 15 years, he has become a firm personal friend of mine, and he will be a formidable leader of the Scottish Conservatives going into the 2021 election and beyond,’ said Mr Cameron.
‘I am delighted that Douglas has made his priority the creation of a jobs plan within the first month of his leadership. Practical measures are needed in the Highlands and Islands where we are facing huge economic challenges in the aftermath of the pandemic.
‘Coming from the Highlands and Islands himself, I know that Douglas understands the need for the Scottish Government to act for all of Scotland, and not just the central belt.’
Mr Cameron added: ‘I am really looking forward to working with Douglas as we prepare for next year’s elections when we will offer voters a raft of practical policies to help rebuild Scotland, which will be a world away from the SNP’s obsession with another turn on the constitutional merry-go-round.’
Mr Ross, served as MSP for the Highlands and Islands from 2016-17, before winning the Moray constituency from SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson at the 2017 General Election.
During his period as an MSP he served in Ruth Davidson’s Shadow Cabinet alongside Mr Cameron. Mr Ross was re-elected MP for Moray in the 2019 General Election.