Douglas Ross has officially launched his bid to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

The MP for Moray pledged to make the Tories a “strong opposition” to the SNP at a media event in Aberdeen.

Jackson Carlaw resigned as the Scottish Conservatives leader on Thursday after only six months in the job.

Former Tory leader Ruth Davidson said Mr Ross could be Scotland’s first “genuinely post-referendum leader” if elected by party members.

The Edinburgh Central MSP, who will take up a role in the House of Lords next year, will represent the Conservatives at First Ministers Questions until next year’s Holyrood election if Mr Ross is appointed the new leader.

Speaking at his campaign launch, Mr Ross said: “We will redeem our promise

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