Leadsom would not rule out fresh Scottish independence vote

Tory leadership hopeful says ‘never say never’ but is opposed in principle to new referendum

The Conservative leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom has said she would “never say never” to the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum, saying she is a believer in devolution but opposed to a fresh vote in principle.

Speaking after her campaign launch on Tuesday morning, the former leader of the House of Commons suggested it would not be right for her to issue a blanket ban on any future referendum, even though she was against it.

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