Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has refused to face questions over the so-called Dark Money scandal for the second time this month.
Yesterday on Good Morning Scotland, presenter Gary Robertson revealed the MSP had again refused to be interviewed, despite mounting questions over donations made to her party by the secretive Scottish Unionist Association Trust.
Robertson said: “We did ask again to speak to the Conservative leader [sic] Ruth Davidson, but once again she was unavailable this morning.”
The refusal is the second time in less than a month Davidson has refused to be interviewed on the subject.
The MSP refused to be interviewed just over three weeks ago on July 5th.
The Dark Money issue surrounds donations totalling £319,000 made to Conservative branches throughout Scotland by the Scottish Unionist Association Trust [SUAT]. Investigative website The Ferret revealed that the unincorporated organisation had no apparent address and no information on membership. The information has since been made available.
Davidson’s reluctance to face interviews on controversial issues is not isolated to Dark Money. In May this year she refused to answer questions or face interview at a speech making event in Glasgow.
In a tweet, C4 reporter Ciaran Jenkins 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.
Despite repeated refusals to face questions, BBC Scotland refuses to doorstep the Scottish Conservative leader who enjoys a remarkable degree of protection from Scotland’s media.
Many pro-independence critics have contrasted the refusal to pursue Davidson over Dark Money with the doorstepping of her SNP rival Nicola Sturgeon who is repeatedly confronted by BBC Scotland camera crews, regardless of a lack of evidence of wrongdoing.
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