What does a Conservative presence in Scotland mean for students?
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Following May 6th’s Scottish Parliament election, The Scottish Conservatives have – for the first time in history – become Scotland’s second party. They took 31 seats, overtaking Labour whose popularity has declined in Scottish political opinion since the 2015 UK general election. So what does this new Conservative presence in Holyrood mean for the growing number of students in Scottish universities? Tom Wrench, Chairman of Edinburgh University’s Conservative and Unionist Association (EUCUA), has said that the Conservative’s rise has been down to “the dedication, passion and determination” of party candidates, most notably the leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Ruth Davidson – and they have many plans for higher education in Scotland. Davidson clearly captured the imaginations of Scottish voters in a way that previous Scottish Conservative leaders failed to do, with her victory in the Edinburgh Central seat surprising many and securing her role as a strong figurehead for her party. Wrench believes that in light of this success, 2016 marks “the beginnings of a Conservative resurgence in Scotland.”
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