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A former Conservative MSP has said that Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons, was “wrong” to dismisses Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, as “quite a lightweight figure” in an interview last night.

Rees-Mogg made the comment on Newsnight in response to questions about Ross saying that Boris Johnson should resign. Most Conservative MSPs have publicly backed Ross, and Newsnight said in private all 31 of them agree that Johnson should go.

There’s a ‘Save Boris’ operation going on at the moment, which you would expect Jacob Rees-Mogg to be … at the head of. That explains why Jacob Rees-Mogg was very rude and dismissive about Douglas yesterday.

Jacob’s got this wrong – I don’t agree with anything that Jacob said about this matter.

I think there will always be ties but I think that Douglas and his team need to do some deep and serious thinking about exactly what the nature of those ties should be.

All of the bad days the Scottish Tories have in Holyrood are not caused by the Scottish Tories in Holyrood, they are caused by events 400 miles south. And they need to reflect on that …

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