Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson defies morning sickness to face off against Nicola Sturgeon at Holyrood a week after revealing she is pregnant with her first child
- Ruth Davidson announced last week that she is pregnant with her first child
- Returned to action in the Scottish Parliament today against Nicola Sturgeon
- Ms Davidson showed no sign of the morning sickness she has been suffering
Ruth Davidson returned to action in the Scottish parliament today – a week after revealing she is pregnant with her first child.
The Tory leader in Scotland faced off against Nicola Sturgeon at First Minister’s Questions – and showed no sign of the morning sickness she has been enduring.
The 39-year-old – often tipped as a possible successor to Theresa May – announced last Thursday that she partner Jen Wilson would be welcoming their baby in the autumn after undergoing IVF.
She posted a photo on Twitter of the couple beaming alongside their cocker spaniel, Wilson, with the message: ‘Our little family of three is becoming four…’
Ruth Davidson faced off against Nicola Sturgeon at First Minister’s Questions – and showed no sign of the morning sickness she has been enduring
Ms Davidson was back in action at FMQs for the first time since announcing she is pregnant with her first child
The Scottish Tory leader laughed and joked with colleagues before the session began at Holyrood today
There was no sign of Ms Davidson taking it easy today, as she berated Ms Sturgeon over criminals not being prosecuted because ‘overworked’ police officers had failed to submit key reports in time.
‘When action is dropped against hundreds of suspects in cases as serious as these, and it is all down to officers being overworked, under pressure and flooded with paperwork, then it is clear something is very wrong,’ she said.
Ms Sturgeon said it was ‘regrettable’ that there were cases where there had been delays in getting the necessary paperwork to the Crown Office – but stressed this had happened in just 0.3 per cent of all cases.
Speaking on Scottish TV last week, Ms Davidson told of the ‘ups and downs’ of having IVF and her joy that her dream of starting a family is coming true.
She said: ‘Jen and I are delighted to say we are going to be starting a family. I’m pregnant, I’m due in the late autumn.
‘We weren’t sure it was every going to happen for us but we are really really happy that it has.’
On having IVF, she added: ‘I think for lots of couples in Scotland that do opt for that route – there are ups and downs but we are just delighted it has been successful.’
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson (pictured with her partner Jen) revealed last week that she is pregnant with her first child – and ‘delighted’ to be starting a family
There was no sign of Ms Davidson taking it easy today, as she berated Ms Sturgeon over criminals not being prosecuted because ‘overworked’ police officers had failed to submit key reports in time
Ms Sturgeon said it was ‘regrettable’ that there were cases where there had been delays in getting the necessary paperwork to the Crown Office
And Ms Davidson revealed that like the Duchess of Cambridge, she has had morning sickness.
She told STV: ‘I have to say I have been affected a little but by that too – so I have a bit of the fatigue and the nausea and the dizzy spells and all the rest of it.
‘I think that doing trying to do everything i was doing before and keep up he pace so that people couldn’t tell just until we knew everything was going to be OK has been a bit of a struggle – but I don’t think anybody has noticed.
‘Hopefully it means I have been doing everything fine.’
Ms Davidson revealed that she will be taking a few months off work for maternity leave – but vowed to lead the Scottish Tories into the 2021 Hollyrood election.
In a statement posted on Twitter she said: ‘Jen and I are delighted to announce that I am expecting our first child in the late autumn.
‘Like all new parents-to-be, we are delighted – and daunted – about the months to come.
‘Mostly we are just over-joyed at the prospect of starting a family together.’
Ms Davidson said the news may come as shock to Scottish voters – but vowed to lead the party into the next set of elections in three years time.
As she said that by juggling a family with politics she is doing what women across the UK do every day – balancing their work with their home life.
She said: ‘While this news may be unexpected for many people, let me reassure my constituents and voters across Scotland that there is no change to my political commitment or plans to lead the Scottish Conservatives into the 2021 Holyrood elections – I’m simply doing what thousands of working women do every year: having a child, taking some time off, and then returning to work soon after.’
She said her deputy Jackson Carlaw will be stepping in to act as leader while she is off work.
And she vowed that until she goes off on maternity leave it will be ‘business as usual’.
She said: ‘We have a very busy few months ahead, and I look forward to throwing myself into events the customary gusto.
‘While it often goes unacknowledged, politicians have personal lives too and I hope people will understand that I want to be able to combine my public role with a family life.
The Prime Minister led the congratulations online after the news was posted on Twitter
‘Jen and I are incredibly luck in the support we have received from our family and friends over the past few months – and we know we can rely from them in the months and years to come.
‘I’d like to thank them again today.
‘We have always dreamed of starting a family and are so pleased to be able to share our happy news.’
Politicians from across the political divide, including Ms Sturgeon and Theresa May, have congratulated her on the happy news.
Ms Davidson and her partner got engaged in 2016 and were planning to get married last year.
However, they postponed the wedding after their beloved dog was hit by a car as he chased after some birds.
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