The National:

SOME fake news has been doing the rounds – in the form of an alleged tweet by new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

A screenshot has been shared of his message, which reads: "SNP need to stop playing constitutional politics with Brexit. If we work together the Conservatives will deliver a successful deal for all England's regions, including Scotland."

The National:

It has been shared around on social media, including by SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford.

However, for the avoidance of any doubt – the tweet is fake.

Posted at 8:34am, it had apparently gained 4762 Retweets and 1690 Likes by 10:11am... but discussion of the apparent claims didn't gain any traction until the afternoon – which is unlikely.

Furthermore, the tweet doesn't appear on Dominic Raab's account – and is nowhere to be seen on the "@deletedbyMPs" feed of all the tweets politicians get rid of.

Raab himself has sought to clear it up too: "Happy to confirm this is a fake tweet."

The original source of the screenshot is not clear – although seems to have been posted this morning.

The tweet cited as a source by Blackford has also been deleted – as the source felt it was a fake.

Blackford expressed his sympathies for Raab, and withdrew his comments.