- Alfie Baron
Nurse Claire Austin questioned the First Minister during a televised BBC Leaders' Debate. Ms Austin made Nicola Sturgeon admit the nurses had only received one per cent increases since 2008.
Ms Austin made her thoughts to Nicola Sturgeon clear: "The NHS - you say that you have ploughed millions into it - I am a nurse who can’t manage on the salary that I have, I have to go to foodbanks. I am struggling to pay bills. I want you to explain to me if you know one area where any of that money has gone? Can you tell me because I can absolutely assure you nurses are seeing none of it on the ground floor."
As soon as the nurse had spoken Nationalists on Twitter went into an absolute meltdown.
Nick Eardley was one of the first to break the news that the SNP were saying Claire Austin was a Tory councillor's wife.
SNP briefing that nurse is Tory councillor's wife— Nick Eardley (@nickeardleybbc) May 21, 2017
Just over twenty minutes later the SNP were believed to be spectacularly back peddling.
SNP furiously back peddling now - they say they don't know if it's a Tory cllr's relative— Nick Eardley (@nickeardleybbc) May 21, 2017
Once the tweets credited to the SNP were made public the vile tweets started to appear:
Twitter user Alison Sarah Watters was baying for answers. She immediately questioned why she should be using foodbanks and accused Ms Austin of being a "Tory plant". Her first tweet said: "The foodbank nurse is @ClaireNursey let's ask her out right does she really need foodbanks on salary like that? Tory plant #LeadersDebate".
Alison Sarah Watters then tweeted to the Wings Over Scotland twitter account for assistance: "@WingsScotland please do what you do best Do some digging and get us the right info on her and who she is/what she does". From what I can see this plea was not answered.
Jane Somers also had a pop at Ms Austin: "The more I hear the presenters mention this 'nurse' the more I think the BBC know she's the wife of a Tory councillor. #LeadersDebate".
Ms Austin also wasn't safe from fellow nurses either. Another account with the name Deb @nursiedeb questioned if Ms Austin was a nurse and married to a Tory councillor. She was "digging as hard as she could".
SNP candidate for Midlothian, Owen Thomson, even retweeted suggestions that Ms Austin was a Tory plant.
Eventually Joanna Cherry issued an apology saying that she was wrong about Twitter rumours.