Single chat Leverkusen
The SNP Government would have been defeated had he turned up to vote on Thursday.The result was already controversial because it ended in a tie when Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale failed to record her vote.This sparked calls from opposition representatives for him to step down from his role as the Tories' justice spokesman.Following all the negative publicity he received, Mr Ross turned down the chance to be linesman at the last 16 Champions League clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid in February.
Tory MPs were ordered to abstain - meaning Mr Ross did not strictly break the rules.'Douglas has made concerns known and talked to David Gauke separately at various other places around Westminster.There will be many other Scottish Conservatives in the debate this afternoon.' SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson hit out at Mr Ross saying: 'Part-time Tory MP Douglas Ross just never learns his lesson - and he is yet again leaving his constituents without a voice in Parliament because he'd rather rub shoulders with famous footballers.'This isn't the first time that he's failed to turn up for important meetings, and his constituents will be wondering why he shows no interest in discussing universal credit - which is driving up rent arrears and leaving families penniless.'It's time for two-job Ross to call time on his highly lucrative refereeing career.' Mr Ross ousted the SNP's Westminster leader Angus Robertson to win the Moray seat in June's General Election and the Tories insisted his constituents supported his refereeing work.Mrs May responded: 'I think the constituents of Moray will be very pleased they have a Conservative MP...and I can say to him that Scottish Conservative members are doing more for the interests of Scotland in this country than the Scottish Nationalists have ever done.' A Downing Street source suggested Mr Ross had concluded his time could be 'better spent elsewhere'.
In the Commons register of interests, Mr Ross has already declared earnings of more than £2,700 for his work as an assistant referee in Scotland and Europe.