Charles Sanderson, Baron Sanderson of Bowden
He was created a life peer in June 1985 as Baron Sanderson of Bowden, of Melrose in the District of Ettrick and Lauderdale and speaks regularly in the House of Lords. From 1987 to 1990 he was a Minister of State in the Scottish Office, responsible for housing, agriculture and fisheries. He also served as Chairman of the Conservative Party in Scotland in the early 1990s, and was seen as responsible for removing Michael Forsyth from the Scottish Office and other right-wingers from the Party's Central Office in Scotland.
In 2010 he was appointed to lead a review into the future of the Conservative Party in Scotland. This followed the 2010 United Kingdom general election, where despite winning a plurality of seats in the House of Commons, the Conservatives won only one constituency in Scotland. Sanderson's report recommended an overhaul of leadership, with a separately elected leader to take full responsibility of the party's performance in Scotland. A formal response from the party is expected in early 2011.
- ^ a b Maddox, David (5 June 2010). "Tory 'reformer' opposed gays and devolution". The Scotsman. http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Tory-39reformer39-opposed-gays-and.6342812.jp. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
- ^ a b Black, Andrew (25 November 2010). "Tory party 'needs major overhaul' says Sanderson review". BBC News. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-11839934. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
- ^ Johnson, Simon (21 January 2011). "Scottish Conservatives lose control to London". Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/scotland/8272191/Scottish-Conservatives-lose-control-to-London.html. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
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