Ian Blackford

SNP Westminster Leader

Scottish National Party MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber

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Ian Blackford’s voting in Parliament

Ian Blackford is a Scottish National Party MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Scottish National Party MPs.

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Last updated: 12 Oct 2020. Learn more about our voting records and what they mean.

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Ian Blackford has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Prime Minister: Engagements 29 Jun 2022

    I associate myself with the remarks of the Deputy Prime Minister and the deputy leader of the Labour party at the sad death of Dame Deborah James? Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this trying time, and we thank her for all that she has done to raise money for anti-cancer work. Scotland’s First Minister has set the date and started the campaign. Our nation will have its...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements 29 Jun 2022

    There is no case for the Union, as we have just heard from the Deputy Prime Minister, because the harsh reality is that the Tories might fear democratic debate, but they do not have the right to block Scottish democracy. As the late Canon Kenyon Wright said: “What if that other voice we all know so well responds by saying, ‘We say no, and we are the state’?” His answer: “Well, we...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements 22 Jun 2022

    May I associate myself with the remarks of the Prime Minister and the leader of the Labour party as we mark Armed Services Week? We thank all our service personnel for the services that they give. On Windrush Day, we celebrate all those who have made Scotland and the UK their home. My party backs calls for a major commemoration for the 75th anniversary next year so we can properly mark the...

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Scottish National Party MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election

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Topics of interest

Ian Blackford campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HM Treasury
  • Home Office
  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Transport
  • State Retirement Pensions: Females
  • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad
  • Refugees: Afghanistan
  • Breathalysers
  • State Retirement Pensions

Currently held offices

  • SNP Westminster Leader (since 20 Jun 2017)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (16 Nov 2017 to 29 Apr 2019)
  • Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (16 Nov 2017 to 29 Apr 2019)
  • Member, Petitions Committee (20 Jul 2015 to 31 Oct 2016)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions) (20 May 2015 to 20 Jun 2017)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

SNP MPs only attend sittings where the legislation pertains to Scotland.

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 27 Jun 2022.

7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
First Seer Ltd (see category 8 below). (Registered 02 December 2016)
8. Miscellaneous
Director (unpaid) of First Seer Ltd, 12A Chester Street, Edinburgh EH3 7RA. First Seer owns our croft business and ancillary activities. (Registered 3 June 2015; updated 17 November 2015)
From 25 June 2021, investment portfolio managed on a blind discretionary basis by Rathbones and previously by Brooks MacDonald Plc. (Registered 03 June 2015; updated 25 June 2021)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my step-son, John O'Leary, as part time Senior Caseworker. (Registered 3 June 2015; updated 13 June 2017 and 05 August 2019)

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