Douglas Ross mocked BBC general election debate as Tory leader faces row over spending
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Douglas Ross mocked BBC general election debate as Tory leader faces row over spending

Douglas Ross has been criticized in a televised debate as the Scottish Conservative leader faces an investigation into his spending.

The embattled Conservative MSP was asked “why should anyone vote for a party they don’t even want to lead” after previously announcing his intention to stand down after next month’s general election.




Ross was appearing in a live BBC Scotland debate this evening in Glasgow alongside other Holyrood leaders ahead of the July 4 poll.

He had to step back as John Swinney, Anas Sarwar, Lorna Slater and Alex Cole-Hamilton blamed the Conservatives at Westminster for 14 years of austerity.

And debate host Stephen Jardine had the biggest laugh of the evening when he asked Ross why Scots should support a party he no longer wants to remain leader of.

“You are currently making history as the first party leader to resign in the middle of an election campaign,” he said. “Why should anyone vote for a party they don’t even want to lead?”

It comes as the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) announced it was “looking into” reports that Douglas Ross may have used Westminster expenses to travel in his role as SFA linesman.

Ross announced his intention to resign as leader of the Scottish Conservatives after the election on Monday.