The Scottish Tory Party, then called the Unionist Party, was independent until it merged with the Conservatives of England and Wales in 1965.
Ruth Davidson’s decision to break her Scottish party away from its English counterparts once again has undoubtedly been hastened by the dramatically different fortunes on either side of the Cheviots.
Critics might see her move as a divisive unilateral declaration of independence, but it stems from a growing resistance to what’s seen as “interference” in the way Downing Street seeks to run the Scottish party – including “ordering” it not to run a separate election campaign but, instead, to concentrate on Theresa May’s qualities.
The order was ignored. Result? Twenty one losses in England. Twelve gains in Scotland.