April 2017: Scottish Tory candidate selections proceed apace using fast-track rules
Whereas in England and Wales there’s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm to offer every association a single candidate approved by by Ruth Davidson.
Any local association has the right to reject that offer and go for the longer competitive route, but, to quote the Scottish rules: “It will be emphasised to the association chairman that the process needs to be as efficient as possible and (approving a nominated single candidate) is the preferred option for selection.” This allows total control of the candidate selection process by the leadership.
This is Ross Thomson
Born 21 September 1987, in Aberdeen, his education was completed at: Balmedie Primary School. Bridge of Don Academy and the University of Aberdeen. Graduated in 2009 with a first class honours degree in Politics and International Relations.
I wanna be a Politician
2007: Unsuccessful candidate for Coatbridge and Chryston. (Holyrood.) Only 20 yo!!!
2010: Unsuccessful candidate for Gordon. (Westminster)
2010-2011: Gotta job as a bank customer advisor. Itchy feet; moved on to work at Debenhams store in Aberdeen.
2011: Unsuccessful candidate for Aberdeen Donside. (Holyrood)
2012: Elected to represent Hazlehead/Ashley/Queen’s Cross on Aberdeen City Council. Finally made it!!!
2013: Unsuccessful candidate in the Aberdeen Donside By-election (Westminster)
2013: Civil marriage with husband Gordon. So in love politics on the back burner for a year.
2015: Unsuccessful candidate for Aberdeen South. (Westminster)
2016: Unsuccessful candidate for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine yet again Saved from the political scrapheap by Roothie the Moothie Davidson . Added to the regional list as MSP for North East Scotland. (Holyrood)
I am not called the Grasshopper for nothing- (Sod the MSP job) but only after I am elected. I am off to Westminster
2017: Candidate for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine (Westminster). Itchy feet making another bid for stardom.
Opposing Ross for the seat is sitting MP Callum McCaig,
Who said: “Over the past two years I have seen first-hand the horrendous impact Tory policies threaten communities across Aberdeen South, and I have used every opportunity to stand up in the House of Commons and hold the Tory Government to account for that appalling and often inhumane record.
The Tories are failing to adequately support the oil and gas industry by introducing robust fiscal incentives, they are literally leaving people to starve through draconian welfare cuts, and their immigration policies threaten every day to tear families apart.
At every step of the way I have stood up and fought for this constituency and worked to protect people in it from the appalling inhumanity of the Conservatives in Government.
I will defend this seat and work tirelessly to be re-elected as the MP for Aberdeen South so I can continue to serve this fantastic constituency and represent the people here.”
In his spare time he sticks his nose into everyone’s business
Outside politics he is active within the local community and is a Governor of Robert Gordons College, Trustee of Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Trustee of Chris Anderson Trust, Cowdray Hall Committee, Rubislaw Field Committee, Friends of Hazlehead Park and volunteers at Aberdeen arts Centre.
He lives within his ward in Aberdeen and is in a Civil Partnership with his Partner Douglas. In his spare time Ross enjoys watching films, meeting up with friends and family, going out for dinner, going on walks and reading.
19 November 2015: Bizarre Claims Made By Finance Convenor Regarding Council Delays On Third Don Crossing Construction
Following initial reports that the Third Don Crossing project was facing a significant delay to its completion, Tory Councillor Ross Thomson went to the local press and announced. “the cause for the delays is down to the ‘re-routing of utilities to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route”
But Labour Finance Convenor, Councillor Willie Young had a different story to tell, He alleged in a tweet that the delay was the ‘Scottish Government’s fault’ as they “stole all the contractors to deal with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route”.
What renders the wildly different claims bizarre is that Aberdeen City Council is the managing agent of both the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the third River Don crossing.
In consequence the council is responsible for the provision of all services in connection with the procurement, preparation and construction of the roads. The Scottish government is not managing the project.
Commenting Mark McDonald MSP said:
“This is clearly another attempt by Ross Thomson and Willie Young to deflect criticism from the Labour and Conservative council’s own failings.
Yet more duplicity creating a fictional scenario in an attempt to encourage antipathy towards the Scottish Government.
This is yet another example of why the current council administration is held in such low esteem by our citizens.”
October 2016: The Curse of Braden Davy
Married Tory MSP Ross Thomson was ordered by Tory chief whip John Lamont to repay a £120 bill he claimed on expenses because he after sharing a hotel room with former Labour candidate Braden Davy.
Soon after the incident Thomson hired the former Labour activist onto his staff.
The challenge to the authority of Party bosses won’t be forgotten about.
Thomson, a high profile Brexit campaigner got into Holyrood via the list and should have maintained a low profile in the early months of his tenure to gain experience but evidently headstrong he elected instead to flex his muscles and blew his political introduction.
Compounding the error in judgement Thomson’s office manager resigned in protest at the activities of his boss.
Well regarded before, Thomson has now shown immaturity and inexperience on several occasions and his case will no doubt be referred to the person that casts the beady eye. His card is marked.
Braden Davy -Who or What am I ?
January 2017: Braden Davy selected for the Forfar and District ward on Angus Council in the local government elections in May.
Davy is currently head of office for Ross Thomson MSP.
He deserted the Labour Party and joined the Scottish Conservatives over Labour’s ‘weakness’ over independence.
Speaking after his selection Davy said: “I joined the Scottish Conservatives in June after the EU referendum as Scottish Labour started to contemplate backing independence.
I stood for Scottish Labour in Gordon in 2015, against Alex Salmond as a firmly Unionist candidate.
Yet now Labour are backtracking over their support of Scotland’s place in the UK.
It’s now clear that everyone who cares about the future of the union should back the Scottish Conservatives in May.
I’m delighted to have been selected as the candidate for Forfar and District so I can play my part defending it.
I will be the only candidate willing to stand up to the SNP, and oppose their second referendum plans.
It’s time we had a candidate focused on local people, rather than another divisive referendum.” (Forfar Despatch)
April 2017: Callous North-east Conservative MSPs refused to condemn the controversial “rape clause”.
The UK Government rule – branded a “depraved Tory mess” by an SNP MSP – requires rape victims claiming tax credits for a third or subsequent child to prove they became pregnant as a result of an attack or while in a coercive relationship in order to qualify.
MSP Ross Thomson said: “In applying for an exemption, women will not be required to either report their rape as a crime, bring new proof of rape or proof of a conviction, or report it directly to HMRC.
No evidence other than that of a third party professional, such as a health worker or support worker, will be required. Adding: “the Scottish Government has powers to create new benefits and could provide funding for families with more than two children from its own pockets if it wished to.”
A Tory spokesman said Mr Thomson’s view was echoed by his colleagues Alexander Burnett, Peter Chapman, Liam Kerr and Bill Bowman.
The comments came after MSP Gillian Martin had urged them speak out against the policy.
She said victims of the “most heinous of crimes truly do not deserve this added humiliation”.
She added: “It can take years for a woman to even admit they have been raped, and now they are expected to do so in order to receive what their child should be entitled to by way of tax credits.
It begs the question, how can you expect victims of sexual abuse or rape to disclose the most difficult of personal circumstances, in order to receive a small sum of money? And what effect do you think this will have on their children and families?”
MSP Kevin Stewart said the North-east Tories were “hiding behind a spokesman” and sticking to a “sick party line”. He added: “Finally the Tories have admitted that they do not even consider the rape clause to be of importance, and have more confidence in the Scottish Government to mitigate cuts for families than they do for the UK Government to adequately provide support for them.
The conservatives are expecting women to just freely discuss a rape as if it were a casual caveat to put on a form, rather than the horrendous physical and mental trauma that it actually is.” (Evening Express)