Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson to marry partner Jen Wilson

SCOTTISH Tory leader Ruth Davidson has decided that she and her partner would be 'Better Together' after asking for her hand in marriage.

Monday, 23rd May 2016, 9:51 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd May 2016, 11:02 pm
Ruth Davidson with her partner Jen Wilson.

Picture: Neil Hanna
Ruth Davidson with her partner Jen Wilson. Picture: Neil Hanna

The politician has revealed she is engaged after proposing to her partner Jennifer Wilson while on holiday in Paris.

Alongside a picture of an engagement ring, Ms Davidson, 37, tweeted: “So, I’ve been away for a few days as I had an important question to ask. Delighted Jen said yes. Very happy.”

The engagement follows the Holyrood election in which Ms Davidson led her party to become the second largest in the Scottish Parliament, overtaking Labour with 31 seats.

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A Scottish Conservative spokesman said: “Normally we wouldn’t comment on personal issues but everybody in the party will want to wish Ruth and Jen the very best.”

Notes of congratulations flooded in yesterday from across the political spectrum and Scottish society.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who recently revealed she has a female partner, tweeted: “Massive congratulations to you both from Louise and I.”

David Cameron tweeted a congratulatory message to the couple, saying he was “delighted for them”.

The Prime Minister said: “Many congratulations to @RuthDavidsonMSP and Jen on their engagement. I’m delighted for them.”

The couple have known each other for a decade after being introduced by friends and have been dating for the past two years.

They campaigned together to legalise same-sex marriage in Ms Wilson’s home country of Ireland last year. And Ms Davidson said then that she wanted to get married there.

Speaking to a Dublin radio station, she said: “I love this woman that is sitting to my left here. I would very much like it if it was a possibility for us to go [to her] home to get married because there are young people who are leaving Ireland right now because they don’t feel like they can be their whole selves.

“There’s a woman who’s sitting here who would be desperate to go home and be that Yes vote in Ireland. Who knows, maybe an Irish wedding in our future?”

Last month Ms Dugdale, who is one of four gay party leaders in Scotland, said Holyrood was “now considered the gayest parliament in the world,” adding that “the rainbow flag” was “flying higher than ever”.

Ruth Davidson and UKIP Scotland’s David Coburn are also gay, while Green Patrick Harvie is bisexual.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell also came out earlier in the year.

The Scottish Labour leader spoke out about her personal life for the first time in an interview for the Fabian Society.

She wrote: “I’ve been bowled over by the tremendous support I’ve received this weekend after I decided to share with the world that I’m in love with a woman.

“The Scottish Parliament was once referred to as the rainbow parliament because of the kaleidoscope of party colours represented. Whilst the number of greens and socialists might have fallen back, the diversity of our parliament remains. In fact it’s now considered the gayest parliament in the world.”