Scottish Conservative Party

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The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party (usually shortened to the Scottish Conservative Party or the Scottish Tories) () is the part of the British Conservative Party that operates in Scotland. Like the UK party, it has a centre-right political philosophy which promotes conservatism and strong British Unionism. Its leader in the Scottish Parliament is Annabel Goldie MSP, who has held the post since 2005, although has announced her intention to resign, thus triggering a leadership election.

It was established in 1965, when the previously separate Unionist Party was merged into the Conservative Party of England and Wales, to form the basis of the modern UK Conservative Party. The Unionist Party (unionist in the sense of preserving the British Empire), in alliance with a small number of Liberal Unionist and National Liberal politicians, had always taken the Conservative whip at Westminster and had been the dominant force in Scottish politics from the 1930s to the late 1950s., Abstract of "The Evolution of the Centre-right and the State of Scottish Conservatism", Michael Dyer, University of Aberdeen, Political Studies, Volume 49, March 2001 The last time that the Conservatives won the most seats in Scotland, was in the general election of 1955. From the early 1960s that role was taken by the Labour Party and the Scottish Conservatives went into a state of decline, which culminated in the loss of all Scottish Conservative seats in 1997.

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