Ruth Davidson went on national television and a new fandom was born

Louis Dor
Wednesday 22 June 2016 11:00
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Tuesday night, the BBC's EU referendum debate was televised in front of a crowd of 6,000 at Wembley Arena.

Those in the crowd bore witness to Labour mayor of London Sadiq Khan, secretary general of the TUC Frances O'Grady for the 'Remain' campaign, and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, Tory MP Boris Johnson, and Labour MP Gisela Stuart for the 'Leave' campaign, debating the pros and cons of EU membership.

Also on the 'Remain' side was Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who impressed many of those watching at home.

Some were impressed by her skills and clarity of debate

Others thought she was effective at debunking misleading 'Leave' campaign statements (such as that £350m figure)

Others were simply lost in a frenzied fandom

While others pointed out that, actually, she's been a charismatic and effective politician for some time now

You can watch part of her performance in the video, below:

The thing is, Ruth's emergence tonight shouldn't be unexpected - she's been touted as a future Conservative leader and it's not hard to see why.

She was elected leader of the Scottish Conservatives in 2011 and has overseen a rise in popularity in her party north of the border - even overtaking Labour.

Twitter, as we've seen, absolutely loves her, as does Tumblr

She can ABSOLUTELY BURY a penalty

She has no problem with outlandish photo opportunities

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The popularity she's inspired, helped by her media performances not just in political debate but also shows like Have I Got News For You, have given rise to a bit of a fandom.

It reminds us a little bit of another politician.

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Either way, one assured EU debate performance on the BBC has added to her cult - only time will tell if it outstrips the Milifandom.

Here's a few suggested names for the cult - feel free to add your own in the comments:

  • Baevidsons

  • Ruth-ettes

  • Rutherendums

  • It's clearly Baevidsons, let's be honest.

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