NICOLA Sturgeon has said she hopes Mhairi Black might consider running to be an MSP in the future after announcing she would be quitting Westminster.

Black has said she will not be standing in the Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat at the next General Election stating that the House of Commons was a "toxic workplace".

Sturgeon tweeted that he was "gutted" and said she hoped her absence from politics would only be temporary, adding she'd like to see the SNP depute leader in the Scottish Parliament in the future. 

She said: "Both gutted by and entirely understanding of this. Her reasons resonate. But what a loss of a unique talent, not just to @theSNP but to politics generally.

"I only hope it’s temporary. The world needs more Mhairi Blacks in politics, not fewer. I hope we will see her in @ScotParl in future."

Black, who has been the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South since 2015, revealed to The News Agents podcast she would be looking to leave the London parliament.

She said Westminster was making her "tired" and described it as one of the "most unhealthy" places to work in.

Pushed on her description of the parliament as "toxic", Black said: "It's definitely a poisonous place."

Black's announcement comes after a handful of other SNP MPs also said that they would not be standing at the next General Election including Peter Grant, Angela Crawley, Stewart Hosie, Douglas Chapman, and Ian Blackford