Lesbian would-be Tory leader Ruth Davidson wants more faith schools
MSP Ruth Davidson, who hopes to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, says she would back more faith schools.
Ms Davidson, who is a lesbian, did not discuss the schools’ views of her sexual orientation.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Call Kaye programme, the 32-year-old said: “I’ve never personally understood why councils are the de facto supplier of education and there’s no choice.
“I mean, I would like to see the Church of Scotland, if it wants to set up faith-based schools, to be able to do so.
“I welcome the Roman Catholic denominational schools in my area, and I see a large number of people who maybe aren’t from the Roman Catholic community who see something of value and go to them as well.”
She added: “As long as we have an independent inspection regime to make sure that the schooling that they have is above the standard at which we require then I don’t see why taking slightly different routes and slightly different inferences in the way we teach is a bad thing.
“I think we should be able to choose how and where your child learns.”
Ms Davidson, who is tipped to win the leadership race, added: “I am a member of the Church of Scotland, I attend services, I believe in God, I appreciate my own faith, I tend not talk about it [her faith] but you’re asking me quite personal questions, but I think the grounding that I’ve had through my own church has helped me shape my views on the world – my views on tolerance, on love, on appreciating other people, on service or on duty – and I don’t think any of these things are bad things.”