Ian Blackford Resigns as Westminster Leader for SNP mdi-fullscreen

Ian Blackford has announced he’s stepping down as the SNP’s leader in Westminster after five years in the role. His own MPs had been agitating for him to go – his handling of the Patrick Grady sexual harassment claims hardly doing him any favours. Sturgeon herself allegedly intervened to stop a coup two weeks ago. Now it’s finally reached a tipping point…

“I have today informed SNP MPs that I will not be restanding as leader of the Westminster parliamentary group at our AGM next week. After more than five years in the role, now is the right time for fresh leadership at Westminster as we head towards a general election and the next steps in winning Scotland’s independence.

“During my time as leader, the SNP won a landslide victory in the 2019 general election, with an increased share of the vote and MPs, and support for independence has continued to grow with polling this week showing a majority in favour.

“While I am stepping down as Westminster leader, I will continue in my role as the MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber. and I have also accepted a new role at the centre of the SNP’s independence campaign, leading on business engagement.

“I would like to thank our MPs and staff for all their support over the past five years. Whoever replaces me as Westminster leader will have my full support as, together, we stand up for Scotland’s interests and democratic right to choose our future in an independence referendum.”

Stephen Flynn – who led the coup against Blackford – is the frontrunner to replace him…

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