Jackson Carlaw has been elected as the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives, succeeding Ruth Davidson.
The 60-year-old former car salesman defeated Scottish Tory social security spokeswoman Michelle Ballantyne by 4,917 votes to 1,581 – after serving as interim leader during the campaign.
His success in the leadership contest comes despite the Scottish Conservatives losing more than half their MPs north of the border in December’s election.
Ms Davidson – who turned heads as an outgoing, forthright, gay leader north of the border – quit last August but the contest to find her successor was delayed because of the election.
She resigned to spend more time with her young son, born in October 2018, but also admitting “conflict” over Brexit . Ms Davidson, who backed Remain in 2016, blasted Boris Johnson’s “unholy” decision to purge pro-EU Tories from the party after she announced she would step down.
And she said the shutdown of Parliament just weeks before the October 31 Brexit deadline was done in a “bad way” and “looked political”.
Mr Carlaw campaigned to remain in the EU in 2016 but since then opposed a second referendum – and said if it took place again, he would campaign for Leave.
He said in December: “Since 2016, the EU itself has changed. It’s now seeking to created a united army of the European Union by 2025, I can’t support that. I believe in other ways, too, the European Union has changed.”
Mr Carlaw spent 25 years as a car salesman, becoming a director of the First Motor Company Ford dealership before it went into receivership in 2002.
A Tory member since he was a teenager and former chairman of the Scottish Young Conservatives, he was elected as a member of the Scottish Parliament in 2007. Ruth Davidson picked him as her deputy in 2011.
Mr Carlaw faces an uphill battle after losing seven of the Tories’ 13 MPs in Scotland in the general election.
The Conservatives are ahead of Labour as the official opposition in the Scottish Parliament, but a resurgent SNP are pushing for the right to hold a new independence vote ahead of Holyrood elections next year.
Ms Davidson said: “His time as both deputy leader and interim leader mean he is by far the most experienced person ever to have undertaken this role.”