SNP’s Ian Blackford to step down as MP at subsequent general election

Former SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford has announced his intention to step down as MP for Ross, Skye, and Lochaber at the upcoming common election. Index 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 during query time within the Commons. Blackford resigned as group chief in December, avoiding a possible problem from his successor, Stephen Flynn.
Blackford turned a outstanding figure within the House of Commons through his weekly appearances at Prime Minister’s Questions. He was thought-about a close ally of Nicola Sturgeon, the former first minister and SNP chief who resigned earlier this 12 months. 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 stated that he had thought “long and hard” about whether or not to stand in next year’s common election, expressing gratitude for the trust positioned in him by his constituents. He added, “My need to see Scotland turn into an independent nation, and for our nation and its individuals to achieve its full potential, stays as sturdy as when I first entered politics a long time in the past.”
Although he will not be standing for the Westminster Parliament at the next election, Blackford looks forward to continuing his work on a paper on Scotland’s industrial future, which he hopes will result in “sustainable enhancement in economic growth, driving funding and better paid jobs in Scotland and elevating living requirements.” He additionally 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 enjoying a “massive role” in making the party a formidable drive in Scottish and UK politics. Flynn expressed confidence that Blackford would continue to play a key position within the campaign for Scottish independence..

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