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Pressure Mounting on Carlaw as Douglas Ross Resigns

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Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw is facing growing pressure over his decision to back Dominic Cummings after a party colleague resigned from the government.

Douglas Ross today resigned as a Scotland Office minister over the handling of the Cummings scandal.

The resignation follows reports that Tory MSPs are unhappy with Carlaw’s handling of the matter – with claims he backed Boris Johnson to increase his chance of a peerage.

Jackson Carlaw had been a harsh critic of Boris Johnson, last year saying that “I don’t believe he is the right choice to be the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.”

Commenting, George Adam MSP said:

“The public have no confidence in Boris Johnson’s handling of the Dominic Cummings disaster – which has completely undermined public health messaging.

“Jackson Carlaw’s defence of Cummings was tone deaf to begin with.

“Now that the fury felt within his own party is becoming obvious, Carlaw looks even more out of touch.

“This scandal is a test of leadership which Jackson Carlaw is failing every bit as much as his boss Boris Johnson.

“It’s time for the Scottish Tories to do the right thing and back the public who’ve followed the guidance – instead of trying to curry favour with Boris Johnson.

“Jackson Carlaw must now call on the Prime Minister to sack Dominic Cummings.”

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