Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, has said she has highlighted the homophobic abuse she receives on Twitter to show young people they do not have to put up with it.
On Thursday evening, Davidson was on the receiving end of an abusive message. The Tory leader in Scotland retweeted it rather than ignoring it. "We all have a duty to call that stuff out. No young person should think they've to take abuse - homophobic, racist etc," she said.
I appear to have inspired great gallantry today. Thanks for all your messages. I call out a selection of the homophobic abuse I receive 1/3— Ruth Davidson MSP (@RuthDavidsonMSP) March 19, 2015
Because people (esp young people) need to know that they don't have to just sit there and take it. It's not OK. They can challenge it. 2/3— Ruth Davidson MSP (@RuthDavidsonMSP) March 19, 2015
Your responses to this mindless idiot shows social medie can be a good place.
Now, put your twitter pitchforks down and get back to work!— Ruth Davidson MSP (@RuthDavidsonMSP) March 19, 2015
Davidson has won a lot of support. SNP leader and Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said anyone engaging in it was "no friend" of her party.
Homophobic abuse of @RuthDavidsonMSP or anyone else is unacceptable. End of. Anyone engaging in it is no friend of my party.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 19, 2015