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19/03/2015 06:38 GMT | Updated 19/03/2015 07:59 GMT

Ruth Davidson, The Scottish Conservative Leader, Has Called Out Homophobic Twitter Abuse

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP after making her speech on stage at the Albert Halls, Stirling, on the second day of the Scottish Conservative conference. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 8, 2013. See PA story SCOTLAND Tories. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan /PA Wire

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.

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.