Douglas Ross meets Lionel Messi after a Champions League match.
By Democrat reporter
Football referee Douglas Ross has been confirmed as the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives at Holyrood..
The Moray MP was the only candidate to have put their name forward to replace Jackson Carlaw.
With nominations closing at noon on Wednesday, he won the leadership without a contest.
Former leader Ruth Davidson has agreed to stand in for Mr Ross at First Minister’s Questions until next year’s Scottish Parliament election.
He then hopes to win a seat at Holyrood – but has said he has no plans to quit the House of Commons before the next general election.
Mr Ross was previously an MSP for the Highland and Islands region before leaving Holyrood to become an MP by defeating the SNP’s Angus Robertson to win the Moray seat in the House of Commons in 2017.
Speaking to BBC Scotland’s The Nine programme on Tuesday, Ms Davidson said she believed Mr Ross was a “real political talent”.
She added: “I think he is the best person for the job. I am backing him, and doing all I can to help.”
Ms Davidson is due to leave the Scottish Parliament at the next election, when she will take a seat in the House of Lords.
The SNP’s deputy leader, Keith Brown, claimed that Mr Ross was “Boris Johnson’s man in Scotland”.
He said: “Westminster has launched a total takeover of the Scottish Tories and installed a Brexit-backing MP to act as a puppet for Downing Street.”