Ruth Davidson gives birth to baby boy
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has given birth to a healthy baby boy at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, she has announced on social media.
In a tweet the Edinburgh MSP said: “Welcome to the world, little one. Finn Paul Davidson, born today, 10lb 1.5oz. Know that you are loved. X”
Davidson becomes the first politician to give birth while leading a party in the UK.
She started her maternity leave as Holyrood broke for October recess and will return to work in Spring.
"Jen and I are delighted at baby Finn's safe arrival,” she said.
“A huge thank you to the medical team at ERI and the midwives at Leith Community Treatment Centre for looking after all three of us so well throughout the pregnancy and birth.
"I can't wait to get this little one home to enjoy some family time together."
In her recent book, the Tory leader said: “Perhaps this will make it easier and less remarkable for future female political leaders to start a family during their period in office, as well as showing that society is far less prescriptive – and far more accepting – of the different choices women make.”
Parliamentary colleagues from across the political spectrum took to twitter to congratulate Davidson.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Many congratulations to you both. I wish wee Finn a lifetime of happiness.”
Davidson’s deputy leader Jackson Carlaw, who stood in for her in yesterday’s FMQS, simply tweeted: “Fantastic!”
“First Tory leader in labour!” joked fellow Conservative Brian Whittle.