FORMER Scottish Conservative leader Baroness Davidson has taken up a new position as a director of soup company Baxters.

Ruth Davidson will serve as a non-executive director of WA Baxter & Sons (Holdings), it emerged in a Companies House filing.

The appointment had not previously been announced, but was made on July 28.

The National:

Baxters would not comment on how much Davidson would be paid for the role.

The company is based in Fochabers, and served as the backdrop to a visit from Tory leader Boris Johnson in 2020.

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In 2013, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, the late Gordon Baxter of Baxters Food Group donated £10,000 to Better Together – the campaign for a No vote of which Davidson played a key role.

In 2019, after stepping down as Scottish Conservative leader, it was confirmed that Davidson would be starting a £2000-a-day job with lobbying firm Tulchan.

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However after backlash over the job she and the company agreed “not to proceed with the appointment”. She was still an MSP at the time.

Davidson had been set to earn £50,000 for 25 days a year as a senior adviser at the firm, alongside her Holyrood salary of £63,579.

In recent months Davidson has stepped down from her Edinburgh Central seat, with the SNP’s Angus Robertson winning the constituency in May.

The National:

After deciding on a title – Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links – she joined the House of Lords where she is entitled to claim £323 a day.