Ian Blackford

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Ian Blackford is the Scottish National Party MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, having won the seat in the May 2015 general election. [1] Blackford gained 48 per cent of the vote and a majority of 5,124. [2]

Blackford defeated former Liberal Democrats leader Charles Kennedy, who had held the seat since 1983. [3] He was only selected to stand for the SNP in this constituency in January 2015, but has previous political experience as national treasurer for the SNP and as a member of the shadow cabinet with responsibility for social security and pensions. [4]

Blackford was appointed as Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Pensions in May of 2015.[5]


Steven Brown - Councillor, East Lothian District Council | John O'Leary [6]



  1. Lib Dems step up Scottish campaign after polling boost The Guardian, 27 April 2015, accessed 7 May 2015
  2. Ross election count sees history in making as SNP surge to a landslide Ross-Shire Journal, 8 May 2015, accessed 8 May 2015
  3. General Election: When the big names will lose their seats Mirror, 7 May 2015, accessed 7 May 2015
  4. Ian Blackford selected as SNP candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber West Highland Free Press, 20 January 2015, accessed 7 May 2015
  5. Ian Blackford BiographyParliament Website, accessed 25 September 2015
  6. Register Of Interests Of Members' Secretaries And Research Assistants 23 March 2016, parliament.uk, accessed 19 April 2016
  7. 'Freedom Declared: Who we are', Freedom Declared website, undated, accessed 6 November 2015