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Ruth’s speech to the LSE

13 Feb 2017 Posted in Speeches

“Good evening and can I thank Tony for his kind words of introduction. It is a real honour to be speaking at the LSE this evening and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. And firstly, let me say how calm … Continue reading


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Murdo Fraser: Jobs boom would net SNP Government £800m

7 Feb 2017 Posted in Speeches

I want to start by quoting from a half-forgotten publication by well-known economist. It sets out a centrist approach to the economy, with a number of themes. First, that the best way to increase public spending is to grow the … Continue reading


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Brexit offers “challenges and opportunities” to Scotland’s farming community

6 Feb 2017 Posted in Speeches

Please see a copy of Ruth Davidson’s speech to the AGM of the NFUS below. In it, she says that Brexit offers both “challenges and opportunities” to Scotland’s farming community. She also says she will adopt a “pragmatic” view on … Continue reading


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Ruth speech to David Hume Institute in Edinburgh

31 Jan 2017 Posted in Speeches

Good evening and thank you very much once again for inviting me here this evening to talk to you. I am honoured, as always, to speak at the Dave Hume Institute as part of this regular series and I congratulate … Continue reading


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Ruth’s eulogy for Alex Johnstone’s funeral

16 Dec 2016 Posted in Speeches

I can’t quite believe we’re all here today, mourning the departure of Alex. He was such a big figure, not just in the Scottish Conservative party, or the North East, but in the parliament and in Scottish public life. He … Continue reading


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Ruth delivers the Rhondda lecture at the Institute of Directors

5 Dec 2016 Posted in Speeches

Please find below the text of Ruth’s speech at the Rhondda lecture at the Institute of Directors, where she made a call to avoid a “divisive Brexit” both in within the UK and across Europe. Good evening everybody. And can I … Continue reading


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Ruth: Mental health has been a Cinderella issue for far too long

19 Oct 2016 Posted in Speeches

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson addressed the issue of mental health as she gave the Williamson Lecture at Stirling University. The full text of her speech is below: “Good evening everybody and can I thank the University of Stirling for inviting me … Continue reading


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Ruth addresses UK Conservative conference

5 Oct 2016 Posted in Speeches

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson today addressed the UK Conservative party conference in Birmingham. Please see below a transcript of her speech. “Friends, five years ago I came to this conference, seeking to win the leadership of our party in … Continue reading