Scotland politics

Major Scots Tory fundraiser Sir Jack Harvie quits role

One of the Scottish Conservative Party's most prolific fundraisers, Sir Jack Harvie, has announced he is stepping down from the post.

The businessman, 75, has raised about £16m for the party, largely through his "Focus on Scotland" dinners.

He hit the headlines during the Scottish Tory leadership campaign, over his refusal to bankroll a planned breakaway party.

The party paid tribute to Sir Jack's contribution.

It said a new fundraising team was being put in place.

In the past three years alone, Focus on Scotland has given about £1m to the Scottish Conservatives.

During the leadership campaign, eventually won by Ruth Davidson, one of the frontrunners, Murdo Fraser, called for the creation of a new, centre-right party.

Sir Jack said at the time Mr Fraser would have no authority to dissolve the Scottish Conservative Party himself, and that, if a new party were to be created, Focus on Scotland would continue to fund the existing one.

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