A SCOTTISH Conservative MP who left the UK Government in a reshuffle last year is returning to the Scotland Office as a junior minister, it has been confirmed.

David Duguid, MP for Banff and Buchan, previously served as a junior minister in the department but was taken off the brief and given a fisheries envoy position by Boris Johnson last September.

He quit that job during the exodus from Johnson’s government this summer, describing the Prime Minister’s position as “untenable”.

His return to government comes after he publicly declared his support for Liz Truss during the Conservative leadership election – something his party leader Douglas Ross, and Scotland Secretary Alister Jack, chose not to do.

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Following the leadership hustings in Perth, the MP wrote: “My advice to @ScotTories party members in #BanffAndBuchan has been to take time listening to both sides in this #ToryLeadershipContest - until tonight’s #perthhustings. Having engaged positively with both candidates throughout this contest, I can now confirm I back #LizForLeader.”

On Wednesday Duguid said he was “honoured” to be returning to the Scotland Office following the King’s approval of his appointment.

“I look forward to working with the Scottish Secretary and ministerial colleagues across the UK Government to deliver our ambitious programme for the people of Scotland and the whole UK,” he said.

"We are facing unprecedented global challenges and the UK Government is taking decisive and immediate action to help families and businesses while ensuring that we grow the economy so that everyone shares new opportunities."