Boris Johnson was welcomed to Scotland with shouts of ‘lying a***hole’.
The new PM was heckled as his cars drew up to Holyrood in Edinburgh for a meeting with the Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.
Later when he visited Bute House to talk to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon the waiting crowd booed.
As editor of the Spectator the Uxbridge MP published a poem describing Scottish people as “a verminous race who should be placed in ghettos and exterminated”.
It went on to describe Scots as “tartan dwarves” who were “polluting our stock”.
More recently he suggested that public money would be better spent in London than Scotland, and proposed tax changes where taxpayers north of the border would subsidise the wealthy in England.
He made his first trip as PM north of the border as he attempted to reach out to the people of Scotland.
Speaking ahead of her meeting with Mr Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon warned the new Tory leader’s “hard-line” government was driving the country towards “disaster” by pushing for a no-deal Brexit .
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has also made it plain she will not support the UK leaving the European Union without a deal in place – with the issue marking a split between the Tory leadership north and south of the border.
Despite that, Mr Johnson promised he would be “doing everything I can to assist” Ms Davidson to become Scotland’s next first minister in the 2021 Holyrood election.
He hailed her as a “fantastic leader of Scottish Conservatives”, adding: “I am lost in admiration at what she has achieved, I am a massive fan of the way she has taken the argument to those who would destroy our union.”
The Conservative leader has said he wants to ensure no corner of the country is left behind.
He said critics who have dubbed him the last prime minister of the UK were “grossly underestimating the United Kingdom”.
“Our union is the most successful political and economic union in history,” Mr Johnson said.
“We are a global brand and together we are safer, stronger and more prosperous.
“So as we prepare for our bright future after Brexit, it’s vital we renew the ties that bind our United Kingdom.”