RUTH Davidson has appeared to brand Douglas Ross and the Scottish Tories’ five other MPs a “bloody disgrace” after Westminster voted to cut international aid.

The vote last night saw MPs in London vote by 333 to 298 to cut the amount of funding given to help the poorest people around the globe from 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) to 0.5%.

The government saw off a backbench rebellion of 24 MPs to pass the cuts, which former Tory prime minister John Major said had “the stamp of Little England, not Great Britain”.

Commenting on the result of the vote, Davidson said that the rebellion was “not big enough”.

“For colleagues who stood on manifesto after manifesto committed to this, it's a bloody disgrace.”

The 2019 Conservative General Election manifesto pledged: “We will proudly maintain our commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GNI on development, and do more to help countries receiving aid become self-sufficient.”

The 2017 manifesto promised: "Global leadership on development, backed by spending 0.7 per cent of our national income with new rules to spend it more effectively."

Six Conservative MPs were elected in Scotland on the 2019 manifesto, but not one of them voted to uphold the pledge. 

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Douglas Ross, who is also an MSP and the party leader, Andrew Bowie, David Mundell, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack, John Lamont, and David Duguid all voted to cut international aid.

Davidson’s attacks on the Tories continued through her endorsement of other statements on Twitter, including a column which said the cuts meant “Britain [had] taken a decisive step back from a global leadership role”.

She also retweeted a message from Neil Hudson, the Tory MP for Penrith and The Border, which called on the Government to restore the 0.7%, as had been pledged.

Sharing a list of the 24 Tories who rebelled against the Government, which included former prime minister Theresa May, Hudson wrote: “I am gutted by the result of this vote. I firmly believe we should restore the 0.7% commitment to international aid ASAP and I will continue to urge the Government to do the right thing.

“We have a moral duty to the world's poorest and most vulnerable.”

A third former Tory prime minister, David Cameron, also condemned the cuts.

In a message endorsed by Davidson, he said the cuts were a “grave mistake” and reversing them would be “the moral thing to do”.

The Scottish Tories have been approached for comment.