Ruth Davidson has urged Theresa May to press DUP on LGBT rights

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Neil Carmichael, who lost his seat in Stroud, echoed Davidson's concerns about a DUP deal and said Davidson was "absolutely right to fire a warning shot on the gay/lesbian front".

"Simply put, Scotland has had its fill", the Scottish Tory leader said.

She continued: "I was there last summer, I made a very big intervention on why Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where you can not have same sex marriage and it's an issue that is very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurance from the Prime Minister on, and I received".

And she said the prime minister agreed to try to use her influence to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland.

And there were further reports that Ms Davidson is to defy Theresa May's plans for a hard Brexit and tear her Scottish party away from English control after the UK Tories' disastrous General Election result.

That put them ahead of Labour and closed the gap to the SNP - who had a awful night, losing 21 seats including their Westminster leader Angus Robertson and former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.

"A party that constantly misuses its veto in this way is not a party that shares Stonewall's values or the values of most people across the United Kingdom", she said.

Davidson issued a strong rejection of the suggestion on social media.


"They've vetoed same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland five times".

He said: "Instead of people shouting from the opposition benches around these issues, you've got a bunch of people elected as Scottish Conservatives, right in the party of government, who can take those arguments and ensure when a Brexit deal is negotiated, it is the interests of Scottish fishing that are right at the forefront".

She added: "The prime minister has already made it clear that it is not going to be a formal coalition, so let's see how the future days go ahead".

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Davidson said: 'I told her there there was a number of things that count to me more than party.

Ms Davidson's party won 13 seats in Scotland as its vote surged across the country.

"It is the policy of both the Conservative party and the UK Labour party to respect the Brexit referendum result".

One MP is a devout climate change denier, while a former MP once called for creationism - the belief that human life did not evolve over millions of years but was created by God - to be taught alongside evolution in science classes.

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