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Scottish Conservative Leader Resigns

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TEHRAN, May 10 (ICANA) – The leader of the conservatives at the Scottish parliament, Annabel Goldie, has announced she is to step down in autumn, following the Conservatives' loss in the last week election.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:36:23 PM
Scottish Conservative Leader Resigns

Annabel Goldie has revealed her resignation from the Tory party, since she was "disappointed" by her party's result which was a fall from 17 to 15 seats in the last week Scottish parliamentary election.

"The Scottish election result was seismic. Nobody, not even Alex Salmond, thought that the SNP would win an overall majority at Holyrood," Goldie said.

"I am of course disappointed that the Conservatives are returning to the Parliament with two fewer MSPs than last time, but I am heartened by the observations of many independent commentators that our result was, by comparison to the other opposition parties, credible," she added.

She insisted that the Conservative party run the right campaign for the election, and tried to increase the party members' votes on the regional list.

"Unlike others, we had a narrative of common sense, telling it like it is, and a record of delivering for Scotland. But being the least worst was, in the end, not good enough," she also said.

Meanwhile she admitted that she would stand down as the Conservative leader in autumn, but she would continue as an MSP.

Regarding the historic victory of the SNPs in the election, Goldie said that her party needs to adjust to the new realities. Saying: "It will be a test of our mettle and resolve to be an effective opposition. We must remember that although the SNP has a majority of seats, it did not win a majority of votes, and has a minority of support for independence. For me, and for my party, we will play our part."

Annabel Goldie is the third party leader at Holyrood who announced her resignation as the Scottish National Party won the majority in the parliamentary election. Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray is to step down after summer and Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott has also resigned due to their parties' huge loss in the election.

"I believe that the time has come for the torch to pass and I can confirm that I will not be a candidate. There are four years until the next UK general election, and five years until the next Holyrood contest. I want my successor to have the maximum time for him or her to shape the party and its policies and to lead the opposition at Holyrood," she said.

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