“I do so with a heavy heart, as it has been both an honour and a privilege to lead the group for the last six years.
“I have been committed to the Conservative party in Scotland for the whole of my adult life, and what it stands for is far more important than me personally.
“I recognise that the recent coverage surrounding my expense claims has been damaging and is a major distraction from our efforts to rebuild support for the party in the country. Accordingly it is right that I stand down as leader.” That was the words that came in today from now former leader of the Conservatives in Scotland as he resigned over the “taxigate” affair. This news came in unconfirmed this morning to EdinburghSucks!com together with his suggested replacement.
Our sources are putting forward Scottish Conservative Spokesman on Enterprise & Lifelong Learning since May 2003, Murdo Fraser as the new leader.
Rangers supporting Fraser has prostituted himself around Scotland in his bid to become an MSP. In the 1997 General Election, he stood as the Conservative candidate for East Lothian, finishing in second place. He then fought the North Tayside constituency for the Tories in the 1999 Scottish Parliament elections and again at the 2001 General Election. He became a Member of the Scottish Parliament in August 2001 following the resignation of the previous List Member for Mid-Scotland and Fife, and was re-elected in 2003.