Michael Gove lavishes praise on 'impressive' Nicola Sturgeon
The former Tory Chief Whip's comments may be seen as an attempt to cause trouble for Labour, who are struggling against the SNP north of the border.
"I think it's probably fair to say that the three female leaders all did very well, in different ways. I think it's also legitimate to say that Nicola Sturgeon emerged as the most impressive debutante on the stage, she did very well," Mr Gove told the Today programme this morning.
In another interview, Mr Gove played up the possibility of a Labour-SNP alliance, claiming it would leave Ed Miliband at the beck and call of the nationalists.
"I dont think people would like the potential chaos if you had Ed Miliband as Prime Minister having to make every decision with Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond auditing it to decide whether or not it is in the interests of Scotland or Scottish nationalism, rather than the United Kingdom," he told Sky News.