IAN BLACKFORD:MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber

Constituency

Constituency Office Dingwall

The constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber is a huge rural seat stretching across much of the Scottish Highlands and including the Isle of Skye and much of the inner Hebrides.

Ian Blackford became the SNP MP at the 2015 General Election and went on to hold the seat in the snap election of 2017.

In geographical terms it is the largest constituency in the UK at 4,934 sq. miles, but is one of the smallest in terms of electorate with  just over 53,600 eligible voters, many living in  remote, scattered,  small communities. The main population centres are Dingwall, Fort William, Portree, Muir of Ord, Beauly, Gairloch and Ullapool.

The main industries in the constituency are hospitality and tourism, crofting, farming, fishing, whisky distilling, quarrying and forestry. There is an aluminium smelter in Fort William employing around  150 people which was recently bought by the Liberty, SIMEC, GFG alliance with plans to add an alloy wheel factory on an adjoining site, creating several hundred new jobs.   One of the largest dry docks in Europe, at Kishorn has also recently come back  into operation serving the offshore power generation industry with the creation of  200 jobs.  Ian was involved in both developments from an early stage.