Here’s the Scottish Tory MP who cheered on as Theresa May’s cabinet crumbled

Portrait of Ross Thompson MP

Scottish Conservative MP Ross Thomson had a busy day on social media on 15 November. He spent his time congratulating the various cabinet ministers who resigned over the Brexit deal on Twitter. He even called on the secretary of state for Scotland David Mundell to quit.

Perhaps Thomson was channelling his “inner dictator”, as he has done in the past.

“Thank you for your principled stance”

The MP for Aberdeen South hailed Dominic Raab as a “hero” for resigning as Brexit secretary after the government proposed a Brexit plan Raab himself had negotiated:

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To be fair to Thomson, he wrote in the Scotsman on 14 November saying he wouldn’t support May’s Brexit deal – the one his “hero” negotiated. At least you can’t accuse him of being inconsistent.

Raab’s disagreement with the Brexit plan, however, suggests he wasn’t wholly in the driving seat in securing it. Jacob Rees-Mogg claimed at his self-induced press conference on 15 November that the Brexit deal is “being run by Downing Street”:

“No Unionist in good conscience can support this deal”

After Raab, Esther McVey resigned from May’s cabinet. The Department for Work and Pensions secretary said the Brexit deal was a “risk [she] cannot be party to”.

And you guessed it, Thomson shared his enthusiasm for McVey’s resignation too:

So as May’s cabinet was going up in smoke, Thomson gave McVey a thumbs up emoji.

But in his defence, a number of politicians say May’s deal could pose a risk to the United Kingdom. So much so that the Scottish parliament is making noises about another independence referendum.

“Doing the right and brave thing”

Thomson’s hand clapping didn’t stop there, though. The Scottish Conservative also thanked Suella Braverman for standing down as a junior Brexit minister:

But his social-media-ing spanned beyond just Twitter.

David Mundell should “follow suit”

As reported by the National, Thomson even called on Mundell to resign over the ‘differential deal’ for Northern Ireland. In a WhatsApp message, seen by the BBC, Thomson said the backstop arrangement would:

mean a separate regulatory regime in Northern Ireland and that they will be more closely aligned with the EU than the UK…

We have already seen the SNP leaping on this calling for a differential deal in Scotland.

He added:

Given that two members of the cabinet have resigned on the basis that the proposals put at risk our Union I want to urge you in the gentlest and strongest terms to follow suit.

But if that wasn’t enough, he then went on U105 Radio to talk about Rabb and McVey’s resignations. And you guessed it, he shared U105 Radio‘s tweet on his Twitter:

Reaction on Twitter

Twitter was a very vibrant and active place on the 15 November. The reaction to Thomson’s tweets were no different. Someone called for Thomson to be a “hero”:

Another pointed out the irony in Raab resigning:

Meanwhile, one Twitter user called out the Scottish Tories for not standing up for Scotland:

And of course, some had a Universal Credit-themed dig at McVey:

It was a busy day on social media for this Scottish Conservative. But he didn’t share any posts about the prime minister’s speech from 10 Downing Street about “pressing on”. Maybe he was too busy with other PR engagements.

If he joins the other Conservatives in submitting a letter of no confidence in May, he’ll probably share that on Twitter too.

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