Politician Ruth Davidson becomes the first UK party leader to give birth while in office

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The head of the Scottish Conservatives has become Britain’s first party leader to give birth while in office, as she and her partner welcome a baby boy

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives party Ruth Davidson has given birth to a baby boy called Finn Paul. 

The politician and her partner Jen Wilson welcomed their son into the world at Edinburgh royal infirmary on Friday morning.

They announced his arrival in true 21st Century by way of a tweet, saying to their baby, “know that you are loved”: 

 “Jen and I are delighted at baby Finn’s safe arrival,” Davidson later added in a statement. “A huge thank you to the medical team at the ERI and the midwives at Leith community treatment centre for looking after all three of us so well throughout the pregnancy and birth.

“I can’t wait to get this little one home to enjoy some family time together.”

Wilson added that, “Ruth did brilliantly”. 

“It was wonderful to welcome baby Finn into the world this morning,” she said. “He is beautiful and already very loved […] Finn clearly has his mother’s lungs on him!”

The new parents are “delighted” with baby son Finn

Davidson is the UK’s first party leader to give birth while in office, following in the footsteps of New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, who became a mum earlier this year.

Theresa May was among those who tweeted her congratulations, saying that she wished the new family of three “every happiness”. 

The couple began the process of IVF in July last year, and said they were “very lucky” for the treatment to take just one cycle.

“But I’m not talking about where I got it done and all that sort of thing,” Davidson added, in an interview a few months ago.  “Our child is already going to have two mums and one is a politician and I think I’d rather they asked me questions about where they came from, rather than googled it.”

In her new book, the MSP describes being pregnant as an experience that is “invasive, joyous, mortifying, fearful and hopeful”.

“I’m simply doing what thousands of working women do every year: having a child, taking some time off, and then returning to work soon after,” she later said.

Images: Getty, Twitter


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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.