Top Tories refuse posts

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MAJOR divisions are appearing in the Scottish Conservatives after senior party figures rejected front-bench portfolios offered to them by new leader Ruth Davidson.

At least three senior MSPs are understood to have turned down roles Ms Davidson wanted to hand to them, it has been reported.

Ms Davidson won the party’s leadership competition last week but her main opponent Murdo Fraser earned a large portion of the vote.

Mr Fraser yesterday quit as deputy leader, while Tory education spokesman Liz Smith forced the new leader to “back down” over a request to move from her existing post to take over the rural affairs portfolio.