Oliver Mundell resigns from Scottish Conservative front bench
Oliver Mundell has resigned from the Scottish Conservative front bench after refusing to back measures restricting travel to England.
The Dumfriesshire MSP has quit his position as rural economy and tourism spokesman after voting against the party whip over concerns about the impact border restrictions would have on communities in his constituency.
MSPs were asked to vote on measures that included a ban on non-essential travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK.
Mundell, said: “On this occasion it was sadly not possible to balance the very specific needs of my constituents with the need to take a collective view as a party that works for the whole country.
“I understand the difficult position that puts colleagues in and I have therefore regrettably offered Douglas Ross my resignation as a party spokesperson.
“I continue to fully support him and the party.”
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “Oliver always puts the needs of his constituents first and while I’m very disappointed to see him leave the Shadow Cabinet, I appreciate that he is only doing what he feels is best for his local area.
“He has been a very capable member of the Shadow Cabinet and I thank him for all his work for the party. I know he will continue to be a great Scottish Conservative representative for Dumfriesshire.”