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Five MSPs who could replace Douglas Ross as Scottish Tory leader

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Douglas Ross will resign as Scottish Tory leader and as an MSP after the general election. Ross was under fire for deciding to stand in Aberdeenshire North and Moray East after hospitalised David Duguid was binned as a candidate.

He previously said he would stand down from Westminster to focus on Holyrood.His tenure will end on July 4 after nearly four years in charge.Here are five possible people who could replace him as Scottish Tory leader.Quite how an investigative journalist who worked on the left-leaning Sunday Mail ended up as a Tory MSP remains a mystery.Findlay was elected as a list MSP for West Scotland in 2021 and quickly established himself as one of the more competent members of the Conservative group.The party's justice spokesperson has impressed at Holyrood and has spoken passionately about his awful first-hand experience of the justice system after he was the victim of an acid attack on his doorstep.Some may question his true-blue credentials - but at a time when the Tories are considered out of touch with voters, this may not be a bad thing.

One to watch.The current Scottish Tory deputy leader was also part of the 2021 intake of MSPs and is seen as a rising star in the party.She was made Douglas Ross' deputy just a year after being elected on the Central Scotland list.She has been a fierce critic of the Scottish Government's gender laws.But Gallacher may be harmed by defending Ross' decision to replace David Duguid the day before he resigned.One of the Tories' main attack dogs in the media, the South Scotland MSP was also elected in 2021.He has quickly risen through the ranks and was made the Scottish Conservative Party chairman after the 2022 local government elections.A strong critic of the SNP, he has

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