Ruth Davidson is leader of the Scottish Conservative party. A former BBC journalist, she first stood as a candidate for the party in the 2009 Glasgow North East by-election. Two years later, she became a member of the Scottish Parliament before, that same year, winning the subsequent leadership election for the Scottish Conservatives. She became leader on November 4th 2011, a role she has served continuously ever since. She was a key figure in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum campaign, when Scotland voted to remain within the United Kingdom. In 2016, she led the Scottish Conservatives in the Holyrood election campaign when the party doubled its number of seats, over-taking Scottish Labour as the main opposition party in Scotland. Earlier this year, under her leadership, the Scottish Conservatives increased their number of MPs from 1 to 13. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner, Jen.