Humza Yousaf has announced he is taking a "wee break" from Twitter after being bombarded by abuse.

The SNP Justice Secretary took to the social media platform to tell his more than 82,000 followers that he is "thick-skinned", but isn't going to accept abuse every time he turns his phone on.

According to the MSP for Glasgow Pollock the trolls online are from the "same quarters" that have targeted him and his newborn daughter.

He said: "Taking wee break from twitter. Every day a relentless barrage of abuse - mainly from same quarters.

 

"I'm thick-skinned politician but not going to sit back and just accept abuse every time I turn my phone on, esp when my wee girl becomes the target.

"Plus, insta a much nicer place!"

People have offered their support to the minister with the post being retweeted 114 times, while more than 2,000 users have liked it.

It's not the first time Yousaf has been targeted by trolls.

He was named political hero of the year last year, alongside Labour MSP Anas Sarwar, for speaking out about his experiences of Islamophobia.

Critics have also hit out at Yousaf for supposedly failing to act on the historic child sex abuse in Scotland.

One Twitter user said: "Could you sit down with people who aren’t abusive and have a chat about what we think?"

Blimey O'Riley said: "Why don’t you sit down with the victims and their families that suffered sex abuse at Celtic boys club instead of ignoring it and tweeting about utter dross instead on a daily basis."

Colin Campbell wrote on Twitter: "How about sitting down with the families of the victims of child abuse at the team you support? That's more important than imaginary islamaphobia."

Football fans have also criticised the SNP MSP after he said football grounds could be closed if clubs don't tackle thuggish behaviour.

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