THE Scottish Tories are in the muck for claiming victory over cash for farmers - that their party withheld six years ago.

Unveiling a pre-election spending package, new Chancellor Sajid Javid announced £160 million for Scottish farmers.

That cash settles a six-year dispute over the redistribution of Common Agricultural Payments (CAP) from Europe.

Back in 2013, the EU changed the payment system and distributed uplift money to put Scotland's hill farmers on par with the average per-hectare monies give out in other member nations.

But the UK Government decided the payments should be spread across the whole farming sector instead.

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Last summer Michael Gove, then head of Westminster's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said that money would not reach the Scots farmers as it had been allocated elsewhere.

That was despite calls by the Scottish Government and an admission by Tory Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid that "a mistake was made".

Today Twitter turned on the Scots Tories after they took credit for the U-turn, posting: "These extra funds for Scottish farmers just show how @ScotTories are making a difference at Westminster. We demanded a review, it recommended that Scottish farmers recieved the convergence funding, and now that is being carried out."

Within two hours, it had attracted more than 180 comments to fewer than 60 "likes".

One commenter said: "Extra funds you say? £160 million you say? Isn't it quite a co-incidence that that amount equals the amount of EU convergence funding that you Tories 𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗟𝗘 from the Scottish hill farmers?"

Another stated: "It’s EU money that was due for Scotland anyway. You can’t fudge it. We all know."

And a third wrote: "Isn't this the amount the EU gave which Gove swerved to English farmers? You can promise the moon when an election approaches".

Commenting on Javid's announcement, SNP Rural Affairs spokesperson Deidre Brock said the Scottish Government has already ring-fenced £160m to support the farmers as part of its new Programme for Government and accused UK ministers of trying to dictate Holyrood's spending.

She said: "It was the SNP that fought hard to win back the £160 million owed to Scotland’s farmers. We want that money to go straight into their hands. That’s a decision the SNP Government has already made – as was announced yesterday. It is not for a Tory Chancellor to dictate terms on money that is owed to Scotland.”