Ian Blackford was first elected as the SNP MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber in 2015 being reelected in 2019 with a majority of 9,443.
Mr Blackford has been Leader of the Scottish Nationalists at Westminster since 2017.
Prior to being elected to Parliament, Ian worked as an analyst with NatWest Securities, and when the company was brought by BT Alex. Brown, he became the managing director. After 20 years of work in the financial industry, he left to do independent consultancy work, forming an investor relations company called First Seer in 2002. In 2005, Blackford joined the Dutch baking products company CSM as an investor relations manager, and in 2006 he was appointed non-executive chairman of the Edinburgh-based telecommunications firm Commsworld.
Ian has been the chairman of the Glendale Trust, an organisation responsible for a community-owned estate on Skye, which made an approach to Highland Council to bring a historic pier under community control.
In 1997 he unsuccessfuly ran as an SNP candidate in the Paisley 1997 by-election and then for the Ayr seat in the 1997 general election, where he was not elected. Ian had been treasurer of the SNP and during this time he began to be viewed as a critic of the leader Alex Salmond.
Ian was educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh.
Constituency: Ross, Skye & Lochaber
Constituency Address: Ian Blackford MP Office 4 Thorfin House Bridgend Business Park Dingwall IV15 9SL
Constituency Tel: 01349 866397
Date of Birth: 14 May 1961
Personal Website: http://ianblackford.com/
Westminster Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Westminster Tel: 020 7219 5292
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