The Conservative Party is a political party in Scotland which identifies with social conservatism and economic liberalism. Originally founded in 1874, it is the oldest political party in Scotland.
Until the 1930s it was the dominant centre-right political party in Scotland, until its place was gradually taken by the Reform Party. Since the 1970s the party has largely espoused free market economic policies held in balance with social conservatism. It is one of the primary eurosceptic parties in Scotland.
The party has taken part in every non-socialist coalition government.
The Conservative Party is both a socially conservative and economically liberal political party. Until the late 1960s the party was seen as fairly consistantly centre-right, but under the leadership of Joseph Macintosh and William MacGregor the party moved further to the right.
1967-1984: Joseph Macintosh
1984-1999 William MacGregor
1999-2008 Helen Murray