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Ruth Davidson

Mark Coles profiles Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader credited with detoxifying the Conservative brand in Scotland.

Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, is credited with detoxifying the Tory brand in Scotland. A kick-boxing, Territorial Army-trained, gay Christian with working-class roots, she's not your typical Tory.

This month she's led a Conservative resurgence in Scotland. The Scottish Conservatives are now the largest opposition party in Holyrood, kicking Labour into third place. David Cameron has tipped her as a potential successor.

At just 37 her rise has been meteoric. She joined the Conservative Party only 7 years ago after a career in broadcasting. How has she done it? Mark Coles finds out.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

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Sun 22 May 2016 17:40

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  • Sat 21 May 2016 19:00
  • Sun 22 May 2016 05:45
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