New leader of Scottish Conservatives set to be announced
The new leader of the Scottish Conservatives will be announced on Friday morning.
The two candidates vying to succeed Ruth Davidson – who stepped down as party leader last August – are interim leader Jackson Carlaw and Michelle Ballantyne.
Carlaw – who is the favourite to win the ballot – and Ballantyne have clashed during the leadership contest, with Ballantyne accusing her rival of running a general election campaign that “lacked vision and ambition”.
Her comments were made in reference to the fact the Scottish Conservatives lost seven of its 13 MPs in the general election.
However, Carlaw hit back, stating that Ballantyne was the only member of the Tory frontbench team at Holyrood never to have submitted a "single policy proposal".
The new leader is expected to be unveiled at around 10am.