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Who is new Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw?

Ruth Davidson’s successor has big shoes to fill

By Alice Wright  

Jackson Carlaw, leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

The recent appointment of Jackson Carlaw as the new leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party was more of a coronation than a contest. Carlaw has been the interim leader of the party since Ruth Davidson went on maternity leave and continued in the role after her resignation in August, having previously served as her deputy since 2011. If the appointment was predictable, the surprise is rather how little Carlaw seems to be known compared to…

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