Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has refused to answer questions or face interview at a speech making event in Glasgow.
The claim, by Channel 4 reporter Ciaran Jenkins, followed news that the Conservative MSP was set to make a speech on the economy at Glasgow University.
In a tweet, the C4 reporter said: “Ruth Davidson is outlining her vision for the economy later in a speech at Glasgow Univeristy. I’ve been told I can’t interview or question her about it. Regrettable but important you know we tried.”
The refusal on the part of the Scottish Conservative leader to be interviewed follows a similar pattern going back over a year. The MSP has ducked several interviews on BBC Scotland on a range of controversial issues.
The speech by Ms Davidson was covered by BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme Reporting Scotland. Viewers heard the Conservative MSP appear to criticise her own party at Westminster over its policy on immigration.
However the Conservative MSP appeared to have faced no difficult questions from the BBC Scotland reporter. Despite a reluctance to face questions, the Scottish Conservative leader has enjoyed considerable coverage courtesy of BBC Scotland.
The statement on immigration from the Scottish Conservative leader is the latest in a string of similar comments that have garnered her uncitical headlines from the broadcaster.
Davidson first raised the issue of immigration during last year’s snap general election, claiming that immigrants found Scotland unattractive. Despite falsely claiming Scotland attracted only 4% of total UK immigration, the MSP escaped censure.
In August last year she made headlines on BBC Scotland when she again raised the issue of immigration and gave the appearance of challenging her own party.
She appeared on the BBC just eight days ago making similar comments around immigration and again generated headlines.
The Glasgow University speech was the fourth time in ten days the Scottish Conservative leader has enjoyed headlines on the BBC courtesy of speeches or articles. On Saturday May 19th she appeared on Reporting Scotland, again appearing to challenge her UK party.
Some independence supporters have voiced a suspicion that Davidson is being presented as ‘opposing’ her own party at Westminster in order to help deflect some of the anger generated by policies being promoted by Theresa May’s government.
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