Ruth Davidson to chair Post-MacTaggart

Scottish Conservative MSP Ruth Davidson will go head-to-head with the Channel 4 News presenter, Jon Snow, in the post MacTaggart session.

In the Post MacTaggart Interview, the Scottish Conservative MSP for Edinburgh Central and Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, will pose questions and debate the central themes raised in Jon Snow’s James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.

Davidson was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011, where she represented Glasgow. Before entering politics, Ruth worked in journalism for ten years, first in newspapers, before moving to radio and television. The majority of her time was spent at the BBC working in news and current affairs as a presenter, reporter and documentary maker.

In May last year, Davidson was re-elected to Holyrood as the constituency MSP for Edinburgh Central and now leads the Opposition party in the Scottish Parliament. In that election, the Scottish Conservatives more than doubled their seats from 15 to 31, overtaking Scottish Labour and returning their best result since the advent of devolution.

Like Jon, Ruth was an early adopter of Twitter and, in tandem with her eye for a good photo opportunity, has built up a large following on the site. She has also used the platform to draw attention to homophobic abuse she receives.

Festival Director Lisa Campbell said: “We are thrilled that Ruth is going to be leading the questions, delving deeper behind the themes that Jon will raise in the MacTaggart. Her tenacity, knowledge, breadth of experience within television, wider politics and social media makes her a perfect person to interview Jon.”

As a Festival and a charity, the Edinburgh International Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network.

Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.

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