Ruth Davidson to host talk show with Tony Blair first guest

Davidson's fee for the new show will go to a cancer centre, the Scottish Tories said.

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative frontwoman in Holyrood, is to host a new radio show and podcast.

Davidson, who stands in at the Scottish Parliament for party leader Douglas Ross because he’s not an MSP, will be talking to “fascinating people” about their lives.

The first episode, a conversation with former Prime Minister Tony Blair, will be broadcast on LBC on Sunday.  

Davidson’s fee will go to the Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Edinburgh, the Scottish Conservatives said.

The MSP, who is set to join the House of Lords, said: “Some politicians take time out at weekends by hitting the gym, reading books or going hillwalking. I’m excited to spend an hour on LBC talking to fascinating people about their life, their work and the change they’re making to the world. 

“From scientists to celebrities, artists to athletes and all sorts of world-beating figures in between, I’ll be asking them to share their story – the hard times as well as the good. 

“As someone who used to work in radio before they entered politics, I’m looking forward to getting back behind a microphone. Podcasts are new to me, and a bit different, but I hope this one sees lots of downloads so we can raise money for Maggie’s in Edinburgh. 

“Covid has been so hard on people suffering from cancer – and on the charities which support them – and every little bit of fundraising help can make a difference.”

Davidson was widely criticised last year for accepting an advisory position with an international lobbying firm after standing down as party leader.

She changed her mind on taking the post at Tulchan Communications after opposition parties called for her to resign as an MSP.

Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, said: “We are delighted that Ruth Davidson continues to be such a strong supporter of Maggie’s Edinburgh. 

“Maggie’s will be a beneficiary of Ruth’s fee for this great new show on LBC. We hope the programme is a great success and want to say huge thanks for your ongoing support.”

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