Tory infighting puts Davidson under pressure

In a scathing attack on Ruth Davidson’s leadership, the Tories have been told they must go back to the drawing board and reevaluate their position on constitutional politics, the Tory council group leader in Fife has said.

The damning critique on their positioning in the anti-independence No campaign sees Cllr Dave Dempsey attack party leader Ruth Davidson and former Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth, saying:

“We need to decide who is the leader of our party. Then she needs to be seen to be ahead of the curve and ahead of the other leader.

“I find myself cringing whenever a particular former Scottish Secretary is wheeled out because I know he’s about to undermine what we’re trying to achieve. Could we please have a Dangerous Politicians Act to introduce muzzling. Leaving the loony fringe to one side, there is an easy solution – just lose the referendum, sit back and wait.”

This damning assessment will come as yet another blow to under-fire Ruth Davidson, as Kirkcaldy SNP MSP David Torrance explained, saying:

“It is an achievement in itself that Ruth Davidson has managed to survive for a full year as leader of the Tories in Scotland – but clearly the diminishing Tory grassroots are not pleased at all.

“Councillor Dempsey’s admission that the Tories are out of sync with the needs of the people of Scotland and the bitter personal attacks on a former Scottish secretary will come as a huge embarrassment to Davidson.

“It leaves her in a position where she will either have to side with Cllr Dave Dempsey or discipline him. And she will have to do it herself - not on London’s demand.

“Ruth Davidson will no doubt be relieved to have clung onto her job for a full year, despite the repeated gaffes she has inflicted upon her party, but the pressure is on and she should raise her game now if she wishes to remain in charge.”

Notes:

Councillor Dempsey’s critique of Davidson and the Tory party in Scotland can be found here:
http://www.toryhoose.com/2012/11/how-can-the-scottish-conservatives-connect-with-scots-what-are-the-barriers-to-many-scots-voting-tory-by-cllr-dave-dempsey/