Ruth Davidson has not ruled out leading any future equivalent of Better Together in a second Scottish independence referendum.

The former Scottish Conservative leader confirmed she is very unlikely to stand at the next election, but said she would not sit out on indyref2.

Speaking at the Wigtown Book Festival yesterday afternoon, she said that she hopes there is no second referendum, and she will do what she can to stop it happening.

Asked if she would consider leading any future equivalent of Better Together Ms Davidson said: “Look, I hope there won’t be a next time … I will do what I can to stop that happening, but if it is happening there is absolutely no way that I am going to sit it out. 

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“This is my country it’s what I’ve fought for, it’s what I believe in. And whether anyone wants me to hold a position or whether they want me to go round, knock doors and hand out leaflets, I’m happy doing both.”


She added: “I’ve just left a big job, I’m not angling for another, I could be yesterday’s news a week on Tuesday.

"I’m not going to pretend that I would be best the person for the job, if it ever happens, in ten or 15 years time, but if people want a hand then I’ll help.”

She added she was 'gainfully employed' until May 2021, and said she did not think she would stand in the next Holyrood elections.

She said: “It’s a fairly open secret that I think I’m going to see out my term … I’m giving myself the option to change my mind but I don’t think that I will stand again.” 

She told event chair Sarah Smith that she left her leadership job because she was 'hopelessly conflicted by Brexit', and also wanted to spend more time being a mum.

And she later admitted that although she and Boris Johnson were 'not buddy, buddy pals', she did not leave due to disagreements with him.