Tory stands down in Scots are "thick" remark furore.

Conservative candidate in next year's Holyrood election, Ivor Tiefenbrun, has resigned after allegedly saying Scots were "so thick" for hating Margaret Thatcher.

The founder of electronic firm Linn Products, was going to fight the Glasgow Maryhill seat. Tiefenbrun is said to have told The Scotsman newspaper that "you would have to be thick to accept that" Baroness Thatcher was an "evil force" in Scotland.

In his resignation statement Tiefenbrun said he did not want anything to divert attention away from important issues facing the country. The Scottish Conservatives said Mr Tiefenbrun's decision had been taken in the best interests of the party.