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Scots Tories Prepare for New Leader

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Tories Prepare for New Leader

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Scottish Conservative deputy leader Annabel Goldie looked set to inherit the top job this week after the sudden resignation of David McLetchie, who has been at the centre of a long-running row over taxi expenses.

After a succession of meetings with senior colleagues to establish a procedure for selecting a successor to McLetchie, Goldie was nominated as leader with her most likely challenger, Murdo Fraser, as her deputy.

Nominations close on November 8 but it seemed unlikely that any other Tory MSP would have the support to challenge the pair.

Goldie said it was a very naturally induced partnership'. She added: 'We are both utterly united in doing our best to ensure there is a robust opposition presence in Scotland.'

McLetchie's resignation was an embarrassment to the Conservatives as the party nationally prepares to choose between David Davis and David Cameron as successor to Michael Howard.

Fraser, spokesman on enterprise and lifelong learning and, at 40, seen as the young pretender, said a contest would have been overshadowed by the national vote. 'It was better that we united around a joint leadership platform and that's what we're planning to do to take this party forward,' he added. …

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