Jackson Carlaw has abruptly resigned as Scottish Tory leader just six months after winning the job. Who is the Eastwood MSP, and what lies behind his resignation?

Raised in Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire, Mr Carlaw worked as a car salesman for 25 years before his election to the Scottish Parliament.

A longstanding member of the Conservatives, he stood unsuccessfully for the party in the 1982 Queens Park by-election and then the 1983 general election in Glasgow Pollock.

He held a range of positions with the party, including chairing the Scottish Young Conservatives and the Eastwood branch of the party, as well as having two spells as deputy chairman of the Scottish party.

Following the establishment of the current Scottish Parliament in 1999, Mr Carlaw stood unsuccessfully

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