Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson today revealed she is ‘delighted’ to be pregnant with her first child after undergoing IVF.
Ms Davidson, 39, who is often tipped as a possible successor to Theresa May, said she and her partner Jen Wilson will be welcoming their baby in autumn.
She made the announcement on Twitter with photo of her beaming alongside her partner and their cocker spaniel, Wilson with the message: ‘Our little family of three is becoming four…’
Speaking on Scottish TV, the beaming politician opened up about the ‘ups and downs’ of having IVF and her joy that her dream of starting a family is coming true.
And Ms Davidson revealed that she has already had a touch of morning sickness.
She said: ‘Jen and I are delighted to say we are going to be starting a family. I’m pregnant, I’m due in the late autumn.
‘We weren’t sure it was every going to happen for us but we are really really happy that it has.’
On having IVF, she added: ‘I think for lots of couples in Scotland that do opt for that route – there are ups and downs but we are just delighted it has been successful.’
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson (pictured with her partner Jen today revealed that she is pregnant with her first child – and ‘delighted’ to be starting a family.
And Ms Davidson revealed that like the Duchess of Cambridge, she has had morning sickness.
She told STV: ‘I have to say I have been affected a little but by that too – so I have a bit of the fatigue and the nausea and the dizzy spells and all the rest of it.
‘I think that doing trying to do everything i was doing before and keep up he pace so that people couldn’t tell just until we knew everything was going to be OK has been a bit of a struggle – but I don’t think anybody has noticed.
‘Hopefully it means I have been doing everything fine.’
Ms Davidson revealed that she will be taking a few months off work for maternity leave – but vowed to lead the Scottish Tories into the 2021 Hollyrood election.
In a statement posted on Twitter she said: ‘Jen and I are delighted to announce that I am expecting our first child in the late autumn.
‘Like all new parents-to-be, we are delighted – and daunted – about the months to come.
‘Mostly we are just over-joyed at the prospect of starting a family together.’
Ms Davidson said the news may come as shock to Scottish voters – but vowed to lead the party into the next set of elections in three years time.
As she said that by juggling a family with politics she is doing what women across the UK do every day – balancing their work with their home life.
She said: ‘While this news may be unexpected for many people, let me reassure my constituents and voters across Scotland that there is no change to my political commitment or plans to lead the Scottish Conservatives into the 2021 Holyrood elections – I’m simply doing what thousands of working women do every year: having a child, taking some time off, and then returning to work soon after.’
She said her deputy Jackson Carlaw will be stepping in to act as leader while she is off work.
And she vowed that until she goes off on maternity leave it will be ‘business as usual’.
She said: ‘We have a very busy few months ahead, and I look forward to throwing myself into events the customary gusto.
‘While it often goes unacknowledged, politicians have personal lives too and I hope people will understand that I want to be able to combine my public role with a family life.
The Prime Minister led the congratulations online after the news was posted on Twitter
MPs across the political divide congratulated Ruth Davidson and her partner on the happy news
Transport Minister Jo Johnson was among the first to congratulate Ms Davidson on Twitter
‘Jen and I are incredibly luck in the support we have received from our family and friends over the past few months – and we know we can rely from them in the months and years to come.
‘I’d like to thank them again today.
‘We have always dreamed of starting a family and are so pleased to be able to share our happy news.’
Politicians from across the political divide congratulated her on the happy news.
Transport Minister Jo Johnson was amongst the first to congratulate her on Twitter saying it is ‘brilliant news’.
Labour MP for Ilford North, Wes Streeting, wrote on Twitter: ‘Lovely news. Congratulations to you both x’
Ms Davidson and her partner got engaged in 2016 and were planning to get married last year.
However, they postponed the wedding after their beloved dog was hit by a car as he chased after some birds.