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Ruth Davidson’s resignation should change how we talk about mothers in politics

For people up and down the country, career decisions are influenced by what’s best for our families as well as our jobs. So why are we so bad at talking about it when it comes to politicians?

By Catherine Neilan  

Ruth Davidson's move is politically savvy as well as good for her young family. Photo: PA

Ruth Davidson’s resignation as leader of the Scottish Conservatives has so far been largely viewed through the prism of Brexit. Having campaigned for Remain—and repeatedly clashing with Boris Johnson during the run up to the referendum—it is hardly surprising that she decided to step back from the frontline as we teeter ever closer towards a no-deal.

She didn’t back Johnson to become PM, and she certainly doesn’t agree with his “do…

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