Former Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has announced that she will not take on a role at a lobbying firm while remaining an MSP.
Ms Davidson had been widely criticised for accepting an advisory position with Tulchan Communications while still serving at Holyrood.
Opposing parties had called on her to resign, and the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) said taking the job could create conflicts of interest.
In a statement today, Ms Davidson said: “The debate in Scotland about my taking an advisory role with Tulchan Communications has become increasingly contentious.
“I, and Tulchan have therefore agreed not to proceed with the appointment.
“I saw this role as an opportunity to help businesses improve their offerings to staff, raise standards in the supply chain, increase diversity and embrace environmental responsibilities.
“I sat down with Scottish Parliamentary officials in advance to go through the code of conduct, in detail, in order to avoid any conflict and to ensure I would be working within the rules at all times. The role reflected this.
“The consensus view from political opponents and commentators is that working to improve businesses’ understanding of the cares and concerns of people is somehow incompatible with my role as an MSP.
“So if I am asked to choose between Holyrood and this role, then I choose the parliament I have dedicated the last nine years to, eight as party leader, a decision Tulchan supports.”
Ms Davidson would’ve earned £50,000 for 24 days work a year at the firm.
She added: “l would like to thank Tulchan for asking me to take on the role.
“They are an advisory firm of the highest quality and they too have received their share of criticism, which this role and their intentions did not deserve.
“Throughout this process they have behaved with the utmost integrity and have shown me every support and understanding.
“l wish them continued success in the future and will be sorry not to be working with them at this time.”