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Ruth Davidson to lead Scottish Conservatives

The Scottish Conservative Party has chosen former BBC journalist Ruth Davidson to lead their party in Scotland beating Murdo Fraser MSP who has been the Deputy Leader under former leader Annabel Goldie.
 

Ruth Davidson MSP
Ruth DavidsonRuth Davidson has won the leadership contest for the Scottish Conservative Party. The 32-year-old MSP who was only elected was only elected to Holyrood in May as a list MSP for Glasgow.

Unlike Annabel Goldie, her predecessor, Miss Davidson is leader of the entire Scottish party and not just the MSP group at Holyrood. The change was made after the party won only one Scottish seat in last year’s general election.

Murdo Fraser, a Christian and main competitor for the top job was initially seen as the front runner. However he lost substantial support when he declared that he would create a new Scottish Conservative Party which would be independent from Westminster.

Murdo Fraser MSP
Murdo FraserSpeaking of the move he said: "I think the bold and radical proposal that I had … was a leap too far for the majority of our members.
Lots of people said to me I was foolish to stand on the platform I did but for me to do otherwise would have been dishonest.”

Ms. Davidson describes herself as a 'Christian, a Conservative and a gay woman' believing that there are many Christian organisations which would 'take a more New Testament view about gay rights than an Old Testament view.' She is listed as a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.

On the Tory Hoose web site outgoing leader Annabel Goldie MSP has responded to the news: “I warmly congratulate Ruth Davidson on being elected as the new leader of the Scottish Conservative Party. This election marks a key point in the history of the party. Ruth now has a mandate from our members to be leader of not just the MSP group, but of the whole party. She will benefit hugely from both these new powers and that stature."

At the second round of the two-stage ballot she emerged as the winner with 2,983 votes to Mr Fraser’s 2,417. The other candidates, Jackson Carlaw and Margaret Mitchell, finished third and fourth respectively.

 Ruth Davidson speaking prior to the leadership election 


Other reports: The BBC; the Scotsman; the Telegraph

Christians Together, 04/11/2011

Feedback:
George Orr 07/11/2011 13:49
So Scotland now has homosexuals leading two of the five parliaments parties, a government that wants to abolish traditional marriage and a national church that is fast abandoning the truths of the bible.

Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

Romans 1: 18-32

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Jenny 07/11/2011 14:03
Yes - since that's the only passage that really addresses the subject, we can only suppose it must be what she means by "the more New Testament view of gay rights" :-S
Peter Carr 07/11/2011 16:54
"Time to wake up and smell the coffee."

Yes indeedy, (surprise, surprise that God's Word is coming to pass);

2 Tim 3: 1 - 3

"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good"




guest (Guest) 10/11/2011 17:08
She may have a mandate from her party members, but she does'nt have a mandate from the people of Scotland.
Sileas (Guest) 09/12/2012 15:58
Why are you ignoring the most important message from God? That we should love each other and be tolerant, compassionate and forgiving. And that we should never judge one another. Can't you see that what you are saying is inciting hatred of other people and that that is decidedly one of the most un-Christian things you can do?

Luke 6:37

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven"


Galatians 5:14

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”



Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

James 4:12

There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?


1 Corinthians 13:4-8

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.


Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.


John 8:7

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

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