SCOTTISH Tories have removed Jackson Carlaw from their website – but the party says it was just a “simple mistake”.

The deletion of the former Scottish Tory leader fuelled speculation that he had been pushed out of the party after quitting as leader just six months into the job.

In a sudden resignation announcement he said he was not the right person to lead the case for Scotland remaining in the UK ahead of the 2021 election.

Just days after new Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross took his position and left Carlaw out of the front bench team, the MSP is not mentioned on the party’s website.

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The development came after speculation that Moray MP Ross plotted to oust Carlaw amid concerns over his performance and decreasing support for next year’s Holyrood election.

Ross met with Ruth Davidson, who has been appointed as the Scottish Tory Holyrood group leader, four days before Carlaw’s shock resignation. He has refused to discuss the details of what was discussed in that meeting.

The MP also met with the Prime Minister and Michael Gove during the same week – he has denied Carlaw’s resignation was anything but voluntary.

But the Scottish Tories have insisted that Carlaw’s disappearance from the website was nothing of concern.

A spokesman said: “This was a simple mistake that will be corrected as soon as possible.”