Ruth Davidson dismisses Scottish Tories breakaway claim

Ruth Davidson dismisses Scottish Tories breakaway claim

But Ms Davidson said the election in Scotland "was dominated by one issue" and SNP MPs who lost their seats had "paid the price" for Ms Sturgeon's failed referendum gamble.

"We also have to listen to voters who did not give the UK (Conservative) party the mandate it sought".

The Scots Tory leader today ruled out any prospect of running for Westminster and challenging for the United Kingdom leadership, insisting she is "100%" behind Mrs May.

Many commentators focused on the DUP vetoing the introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland in 2015, in opposition to the rest of the United Kingdom, and in stark contrast to this country which voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a referendum.

Interestingly, Davidson has claimed that Theresa May has 'agreed to try to use her influence to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland'.

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has rejected reports that she is planning to form a breakaway centre-right party in Scotland.

She told the BBC's Reporting Scotland programme that she had spoken about the issue with Theresa May on Friday evening.

That put them ahead of Labour and closed the gap to the SNP - who had a bad night, losing 21 seats including their Westminster leader Angus Robertson and former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.

They are opposed to LGBTI equality at large and have been holding up same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, although there is a majority for it.

A spokesman said he is discussing with the DUP "how best they can provide support" to Theresa May's Government, Downing Street said.

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The Daily Telegraph reported that a strengthened Ms Davidson now wanted to "tear her Scottish party away from English control" after tensions during the campaign, and that her aides were working on a deal to set up a separate organisation in Scotland, albeit with a close relationship with the English party.

She said: "I want to make sure that Scottish businesses can trade as freely as possible with the other 27 countries in the European Union as well as the other countries around the world".

When asked whether she was comfortable about the arrangement given the DUP's views, Ms Davidson said there was "no suggestion" that the Conservative government would be dependent on the support of the DUP.

Ms Davidson's party won 13 seats in Scotland as its vote surged across the country.

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During the election campaign, the DUP's Emma Little-Pengelly was endorsed by the three biggest loyalist paramilitary organisations.

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