The National:

RUTH Davidson knows a thing or two about victory.

She got her first taste of success in the 2011 Scottish Conservative leadership race, beating off competition from, among others, titans of Scottish politics Murdo Fraser and Jackson Carlaw.

She then led the Tories to a glorious victory in the best of the rest competition at the 2016 Holyrood election, pipping Kezia Dugdale’s Scottish Labour.

And more recently, her party won a stunning 11.7% of the votes in Scotland in the European Parliament elections.

It’s little surprise then that Davidson’s endorsement in the UK Conservative Party leadership contest has helped propel Sajid Javid up the leaderboard.

The Scottish Tory leader announced her backing for the Home Secretary on Wednesday, insisting he could unite a “divided Britain”.

So impressed was Javid with Davidson's "winning" record that he accidentally imagined another victory for her.

And with help from Davidson, the man who once described devolution as "nothing short of constitutional vandalism" won the backing of 23 MPs in the first round of voting for the Tory leadership.

Javid finished in fifth place, a mere 91 votes off Boris Johnson in first.

Scots were quick to congratulate Davidson for her success by proxy.

SNP MP Stewart McDonald got the ball rolling.

Scotland's Finance Secretary added: 

But it wasn't just politicians getting in on the act ...