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Voting closes in Scottish Conservative leadership contest

Voting in the Scottish Conservative leadership contest has closed, with either Jackson Carlaw or Michelle Ballantyne set to be elected.

The winner of the race to succeed Ruth Davidson, who quit in August last year, will be announced on Friday morning in Edinburgh.

Mr Carlaw has been interim leader since Ms Davidson\'s resignation and is seen as the favourite to replace her in a permanent capacity.

But his opponent Ms Ballantyne had claimed during the leadership contest that the party lacked \"vision and ambition\" in December\'s general election campaign, which saw the loss of seven Conservative seats in Scotland.

Ms Ballantyne, a Boris Johnson supporter, criticised the election strategy and the Tories\' focus on opposing another Scottish independence referendum, suggesting it helped SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

A former nurse and councillor in the Borders, Ms Ballantyne was elected as a Conservative South Scotla
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