Ruth Davidson: Tories need to listen to other parties on Brexit

Ross Houston
June 11, 2017

Writing on Twitter, the Scottish Tory leader dismissed the newspaper claim as "b****cks".

He added: "I don't think it was the referendum opposition of the other parties which cost the SNP seats at the end of the day, I think it was a late recovery in Labour Party fortunes which was based on people's assessment of Corbyn's performance during the campaign - many of those people would be Yes supporters, incidentally".

The separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) lost 21 seats of their 56 parliamentary seats on Thursday.

Speaking at her Bute House residence in Edinburgh about her referendum demand, Ms Sturgeon said: "We will reflect on these results, we will listen to voters and we will consider very carefully the best way forward for Scotland, a way forward that is in the interests of all Scotland".

"But overall results show the SNP will win a majority of the seats in this country and a majority of the votes". She called this election to secure a mandate for her negotiating position, and the electorate snubbed her.

Ruth Davidson's new Scottish Conservative MPs will effectively act as a party within a party that will be willing to defy Theresa May in favour of their leader in Scotland, sources close to Davidson have told BuzzFeed News.

In March, the Scottish parliament backed Sturgeon's proposal to ask for their second referendum on independence.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser, however, said Scots MPs would "work behind the scenes" to champion Scotland's interests on issues like immigration.

"She hasn't fallen behind the PM and said "no matter how shit this deal is I've got your back" - she's made is very, very clear that there's a different Scottish dimension to all of this and she needs to be in the room".

"We stand ready to play our part in that alliance".

In an early indication that she might seek a greater influence in the United Kingdom party, Ms Davidson said on Friday she had been given assurances that any Conservative deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) would not affect LGBTI rights. "At the same time we must, in my view, seek to deliver an open Brexit, not a closed one, which puts our country's economic growth first".

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