SNP’s Ian Blackford to step down as MP at next common election

Former SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has introduced his intention to step down as MP for Ross, Skye, and Lochaber at the upcoming common election. Blackford has held the position since 2015 when he defeated ex-Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy. He led the SNP’s Westminster group for half a decade, dealing with four Conservative prime ministers throughout question time in the Commons. Blackford resigned as group leader in December, avoiding a potential challenge from his successor, Stephen Flynn.
Blackford became a outstanding determine within the House of Commons via his weekly appearances at Prime Minister’s Questions. He was thought of an in depth ally of Nicola Sturgeon, the previous first minister and SNP chief who resigned earlier this yr. However, Blackford drew criticism from some members of the party’s Westminster group for urging them to give “absolute full support” to SNP MP Patrick Grady, who had been suspended for sexual misconduct.
Blackford acknowledged that he had thought “long and hard” about whether to face in next year’s common election, expressing gratitude for the belief positioned in him by his constituents. He added, “My want to see Scotland turn into an unbiased country, and for our nation and its folks to achieve its full potential, stays as strong as after I first entered politics decades in the past.”
Although he won’t be standing for the Westminster Parliament on the next election, Blackford seems ahead to persevering with his work on a paper on Scotland’s industrial future, which he hopes will result in “sustainable enhancement in financial progress, driving investment and better paid jobs in Scotland and raising dwelling standards.” Cancel anytime plans to continue as the primary minister’s enterprise ambassador on behalf of the SNP.
Stephen Flynn, the current SNP group chief at Westminster, praised Blackford for taking part in a “massive role” in making the celebration a formidable pressure in Scottish and UK politics. Flynn expressed confidence that Blackford would proceed to play a key role within the marketing campaign for Scottish independence..

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