Credit: 'The American President' - Castle Rock Entertainment
Ever wonder where our politicians get their best lines? Well it seems Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is a fan of fictional American Presidents, and in particaular the scripts of West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin. Michael Douglas plays Andrew Shepherd in the 1995 film The American President - a big screen forerunner of the TV series the West Wing. Perhaps a Hollywood rather than a Holyrood career beckons for Ruth Davidson.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has pledged to scrap free prescriptions in order to fund 1,000 extra nurses and midwives in the NHS if her party gains power at Holyrood.
The additional staff would be recruited using money saved from ending universal free prescriptions, which were introduced by the SNP government almost three years ago.
"Under the SNP, the number of nurses and midwives in Scotland has gone up and down like a fiddler's elbow. Two thousand posts gone over two years.
"Right now - hundreds of places down, creating an intolerable pressure on those who are left.
"It's time we did something about it. That's why today I am able to announce the Scottish Conservatives will pledge an extra 1,000 nurses and midwives for Scotland. And, once introduced, we will not let numbers drop below that mark."
"The First Minister dresses this up as a legislative programme about the economy, but it is dominated by one thing only - the Scottish Government's obsession with tearing apart the United Kingdom. His national conversation has turned out to be little more than a national monologue.
Anyone with a view other than the one he already holds is unwelcome to take part. "
– Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has visited the Scottish Borders. She has been at textiles firm Johnston's of Elgin in Hawick with local MSPJohn Lamont.She will also visit Selkirk Rugby Club and this evening she will open Hawick's new conservative club house.