Ruth Davidson might be regretting this bet she made before the election

Louis Staples
Friday 13 December 2019 00:15
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In the run up to election day, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson made a rather bizarre wager.

She pledged to go skinny dipping in Loch Ness if the Scottish National Party manage to win 50 seats at the general election.

In words she may be regretting now, Davidson said conditions are "markedly different" from 2015 when the SNP took 56 seats.

Writing in The Telegraph, she said:

I will happily wager to strip naked on the banks of Loch Ness and subject myself to a Hogmanay wild swimming session should such a result occur.

Scotland has 59 parliamentary seats available. The SNP, who won 35 seats in 2017, have only managed to exceed 50 seats once before in 2015.

Davidson said:

To hit the magic 50, the SNP has to pinch 15 seats from three parties with wildly different offerings on Brexit, the permissibility of another independence referendum, the nuclear deterrent, the economy in general and nationalisation in particular.

Let's just say I'm confident I won't be wild swimming any time soon.

But the Exit Poll might have Davidson feeling slightly anxious.

The SNP have been predicted to win 55 seats in the exit poll – taking seats off the Lib Dems, the Conservatives and Labour.

Following the release of the poll, people have been reminding Davidson of the bet she made.

Davidson's colleague Murdo Fraser was asked whether she would complete the bet if she's proved wrong by voters. He said that he expected her to do it.

Of course, votes are still being counted and even Nicola Sturgeon has advised caution.

But an anxious night lies ahead for the former Scottish Conservatives leader –​ even though she'll probably be thrilled with the initial predictions of a Tory majority.

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