SNP MSPs have called for Michael Gove to keep his hands off Scotland's powers.

The MSPs wrote a letter to the Tory Environment Secretary as Holyrood celebrates twenty years of devolution.

Speaking at the Tory conference in Aberdeen last week, Gove said that he wanted the UK Government to change the rules to wrestle control over spending on health, education and other powers held by the Scottish Parliament.

When asked about the planned “grubby” power grab at First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon responded in unequivocal terms that the people of Scotland and their parliament in Edinburgh should make all decisions – and that the UK Government should butt out and stop using Brexit as a cover for Westminster centralisation.

SNP MSP Gail Ross described Gove's comments as "astounding".

She said: “These comments from Michael Gove were astounding, but also deeply deeply troubling.

“Twenty years since the Scottish Parliament was reconvened and the Tories are gearing up for a grubby power grab – looking to reverse the hard-fought gains of devolution.

“The Tories never wanted a Scottish Parliament in the first place and now they are trying to cut Holyrood’s powers.

“But the SNP has a clear message for the Tories: hands off Scotland’s parliament.

“On education, on health, on farming and our precious environment, Westminster shouldn’t be seeking to undermine Holyrood and seize control of public spending.

“While the Tories think they can do what they want to Scotland, we must be clear that Scotland won’t stand for it.

“Michael Gove should urgently clarify his remarks and rule out his anti-democratic power grab.

“Scotland’s future should lie in Scotland’s hands – building on the success of devolution, and winning the powers that our parliament still needs so we can thrive as an independent country.”

On May 14, Gove and Scottish Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing will give evidence in the final session of the Scottish Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the future of Scotland's agriculture.

After Brexit, the UK will cease to be bound by the rules of the Common Agricultural Policy, and a new UK wide framework agreement will need to be created to manage agricultural policy in the UK and the devolved nations.

The Committee has been exploring issues such as the consequences of agriculture powers returning from Brussels and the implications of the Agriculture Bill not giving powers to the Scottish Government.