Scottish Tory leadership: Who is standing?

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The Scottish Conservative Party has begun the process of electing a new leader.

  • Nominations closed on Friday, 23 September
  • A series of hustings will take place, including at the UK Conservative Party conference in Manchester, starting 2 October
  • On Thursday, 13 October, postal ballots will be sent out under one member, one vote rules
  • On Friday, 4 November, the winner will be declared

Here are interviews of the four candidates, first broadcast on the BBC's Newsnight Scotland programme

Candidate names What have they been saying?

Jackson Carlaw - The 52-year-old West of Scotland list MSP has been a member of the Scottish Parliament since 2007. He stood as a candidate for the constituency of Eastwood in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Holyrood elections without success. Mr Carlaw was educated at Glasgow Academy and is married with two children.

"I believe I can make a difference."

Ruth Davidson - Ruth Davidson has been an Tory MSP for a matter of months. The 32-year-old entered the Scottish Parliament after being elected from the Glasgow list at the May 2011 poll. Miss Davidson is a former BBC Scotland radio broadcaster. She believes that under her leadership the Tory Party can "begin winning again" in Scotland.

"I offer a clear and positive vision."

Murdo Fraser - Deputy Scottish Conservative Party leader, Murdo Fraser, has been an MSP for the Mid Scotland and Fife region since 2001. The 46-year-old was educated at Inverness Royal Academy and studied law at the University of Aberdeen. He became deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives in November 2005 when Annabel Goldie became leader.

"It is time for a radical re-think."

Margaret Mitchell - The 59-year-old was a last minute name to the leadership contest, entering the day before the close of nominations. In a recent Scottish Parliament debate, the former teacher won praise from the SNP - but not her own party - by attacking "navel-gazing" MSPs for devoting time to an issue in which she said voters had little interest.

"Let's get on and make the party work."

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