The newly appointed leader of the scottish conservatives ended up being obligated to apologise on sunday after he missed a vj day memorial occasion to get results as a linesman at a scottish premiership soccer game.

Douglas ross, a part-time associate referee who has led the celebration for just a couple of weeks, admitted it absolutely was incorrect to go to the video game in the place of a two-minute silence in the constituency.

Neil findlay, a labour msp, accused him of being part time mp and said your choice had exposed the tory politicians appalling judgment and, honestly, his arrogance too".

Mr ross has actually formerly pledged to give up refereeing if elected as scotlands first minister into the holyrood elections next may 2021. saturdays match happened between kilmarnock and st johnstone at rugby park.

He deals with an uphill struggle to improve the partys picture after the scottish conservatives lost seven of their 13 westminster seating in final many years december general election.

The tories are battling on two fronts in scotland: from the unpopularity of boris johnsons federal government in london and growing antipathy to the union.

In a declaration on sunday morning, mr ross said he had already been chosen to officiate a football game before he had been invited towards vj day event, and provided their apologies ahead of time which he couldn't attend.

But when it became obvious there clearly was a conflict, i ought to have asked you need to take down my game. i got this incorrect and i am sorry, he said.

I'd not predicted there becoming an official vj day event given the present restrictions considering covid, nevertheless when it became obvious there was clearly a conflict, i should have expected to be taken off my online game.

I got this incorrect and i apologise. im a pleased and enthusiastic supporter of the armed forces and our veterans.

We represent a constituency with an important army presence and also caused local and national charities encouraging veterans throughout my time as a chosen representative. we made an error of judgment here and apologise to virtually any veteran who was offended.

Mr ross, formerly a junior scotland minister in boris johnsons federal government, ended up being the sole minister to resign within the prime ministers handling of accusations that their main agent, dominic cummings, breached coronavirus lockdown principles with a vacation to north-east the united kingdomt.

He was uncontested in the competition to succeed his predecessor, jackson carlaw, who resigned in july after just five months into the role, saying he had achieved the painful conclusion which he was not a individual lead the celebration.