IAN BLACKFORD:MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber

About Ian

Ian Blackford at the SNP conference

Following Ian’s success at the 2015 General Election winning the trust of voters to represent the constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber, he was appointed Pensions Spokesperson for the SNP Westminster Group. Here he fronts an energetic team which includes his close friend Mhairi Black MP.  He is committed to ensuring a fair deal for pensioners which has been displayed most prominently in championing the WASPI campaign in Parliament at every opportunity.

Ian in his maiden speech remarked that he feels privileged to represent “the most beautiful constituency in UK”.  It is however also the largest, spanning a massive 12,000 square kilometres!  Whenever time away from his Parliamentary duties in London allows, Ian will be found travelling his constituency meeting local people as he promised to do following his election.

Ian was born and bred in Edinburgh and educated at the Royal High.  Following his first job working at Bank of Scotland as a teller, life quickly took Ian to London.  It’s in this city that his career and expertise in finance began, working his way from the bottom all the way up the ladder, eventually culminating in him leading Deutsche Bank operations in both The Netherlands and Scotland.

Having first joined the SNP at the age of 16, the vast majority of Ian’s life has been dedicated to the dream of Scottish Independence and bringing with it a fairer society.  He has a love of football and more specifically Hibernian FC.  For many years he was a season ticket holder at the famous Easter Road Stadium, enjoying many fine moments over that time.  Ian also passionately follows the Scottish football team, a support which has seen him travel with the Tartan Army all over the globe.

Ian, along with his wife Ann, moved to the picturesque Isle of Skye in 2004, buying a croft that had previously been in Ann’s family for hundreds of years.  Here they raise livestock and participate in island life.