Nicola Sturgeon targets Skye jibe Tory MP with island gin gift tweet

Nicola Sturgeon has used a tweet about a Scottish gin to poke fun at the MP who told the SNP leader at Westminster to go "back to the Isle of Skye".

Published 19th Dec 2018
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

Tweeting a picture of a bottle of Misty Isle Gin which is made on the island, the First Minister wrote: "We disagree on lots but in the spirit of the season, I took the PM a Christmas present today - a bottle of @IsleSkyeDistil gin from @IanBlackfordMP’s beautiful constituency. Maybe she should give @NSoames a taste!"

Ian Blackford was in a debate on the EU Withdrawal Agreement when the comment was made as he stood up to speak. Following some commotion, many pointed the blame at veteran Conservative member Sir Nicholas Soames.

• READ MORE: Ian Blackford told ‘go back to Skye’ by Tory MP

Though angered at the time, Ms Sturgeon has clearly seen the funny side and decided to have a little fun at the Tory MP's expense.

Twitter users were quick to appreciate the tweet with one describing it as "next level trolling".

Another added: "I think he'd only take it with a Bitter lemon."

User @CGileabart described the present as a great gesture before adding: "Shaken not stirred."

Isle of Skye Distillers founder Alistair Wilson, who produce Misty Isle Gin, said: "The First Minister obviously has great taste.

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"Maybe the PM can share it with some of her backbenchers and get them in the festive spirit."

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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