Ian Blackford

Ian Blackford calls Boris Johnson a ‘liar’ in House of Commons

Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford called Boris Johnson a "liar" in the House of Commons on Thursday (21 April)."Because at the very heart of this scandal, there is one thing that needs to be said... the prime minister of the United Kingdom is a liar. I don't say that lightly," Blackford said.MPs are set to vote today on whether Johnson should be investigated for misleading Parliament over the Partygate scandal.Click here to sign up to our newsletters.

Ian Blackford and Rachel Reeves call for Boris Johnson to resign following Partygate fine

Labour shadow chancellor and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford have both called for prime minister Boris Johnson to resign after he was fined for breaking lockdown rules in Downing Street."What is very clear today is that the prime minister and chancellor have run out of road," Labour shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said."You cannot lie to Parliament...[and] you shouldn't be in breach of the law...there is no case for the defense here. The prime minister, if he's a man of honour...he would have gone by now," Blackford said.Click here to sign up to our newsletters.

Ian Blackford confirms paperwork issued to take Ukrainian orphans to Scotland

A group of orphaned Ukrainian children could soon be heading for “sanctuary” in Scotland after the necessary paperwork was completed to allow them to travel to the UK.Steven Carr, chair of the Dnipro Kids charity, said he was “over the moon” that the youngsters would be able to make the trip after plans to fly them to the UK on Monday had to be abandoned.The charity evacuated 52 orphans – who are aged between one and 18 – and their carers from Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion, taking them to Poland.They had been due to travel from...

Ian Blackford calls on the chancellor to increase benefits

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase benefits for the most vulnerable in society, and ramp up green energy investment. The chancellor is due to make his Spring Statement this week. Mr Sunak told the BBC he would "stand by" people, but...

Home Office risks leaving Ukraine orphans stranded, says Ian Blackford

The Home Office has been accused of being the "only obstacle" to allowing 48 Ukrainian orphans to receive sanctuary in Scotland. The charity Dnipro Kids, established by fans of Hibernian Football Club, has evacuated 48 children to Poland from orphanages in Ukraine to Poland. SNP MP Ian Blackford said a...

SNP chief Ian Blackford dismisses resignation rumours

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has denied rumours that he is considering quitting from the post. The Politico website had claimed the MP was considering his position due to infighting among the party's MPs. Mr Blackford told BBC Scotland there was "nothing in it". Other SNP members came to the...

Ian Blackford says resignation rumour is evidence of silly season

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has denied rumours that he is considering quitting from the post. The Politico website had claimed the MP was considering his position due to infighting among the party's MPs. Mr Blackford told BBC Scotland that it was "like silly season has arrived early". He added:...

Ian Blackford dismisses claim he will quit as SNP’s Westminster leader

Ian Blackford has said rumours he is considering stepping down as SNP Westminster leader are “total crap”.The Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP rejected the claims on Thursday as he prepared to return to his constituency.Politico reported on Thursday morning that four senior sources had said the resignation could come ahead of the May council elections.I have got a job to do leading the group, I am fully focused on doing soIan Blackford“I have got a job to do leading the group, I am fully focused on doing so and I intend to lead us through all the challenges we face...

Ian Blackford on Scottish independence: All I am focusing on is Ukraine

A Scottish independence referendum should “take place in a timely manner” but the short-term focus must be on Ukraine, according to the Westminster leader of the SNP. Ian Blackford said the party must be “respectful of the responsibilities” it has following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, adding he remains committed to delivering on the independence mandate.

SNP’s Ian Blackford ejected from parliament for saying Boris Johnson misled MPs

The leader of the SNP’s Westminster group has been ejected from the House of Commons for saying Boris Johnson misled parliament over No 10 parties.Ian Blackford refused to withdraw his comments in an exchange with the Speaker Lindsay Hoyle and was excluded under standing orders.He had said Mr Johnson had “wilfully, wilfully misled parliament”.MPs are officially banned from accusing each other of lying or deliberately misleading the Commons during parliamentary debates.Speaker Sir Lindsay repeatedly challenged Mr Blackford to withdraw the comments and state that Mr Johnson had only “inadvertently” led the House of Commons. But Mr Blackford said: “It's...

SNP MP Ian Blackford told to leave Commons over claims against Boris Johnson

Ian Blackford was ordered to leave the House of Commons after accusing Boris Johnson of having “wilfully misled” MPs over the Downing Street party allegations.The SNP Westminster leader was repeatedly asked by Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to withdraw the claim, as it is considered against parliamentary etiquette to make such an assertion.Mr Blackford replied that the Prime Minister “may have inadvertently misled the House”, but Sir Lindsay asked: “To help me help the House, you’ve withdrawn your earlier comment and replaced it with inadvertently?”Mr Blackford replied: “It’s not my fault if the Prime Minister can’t be trusted to tell the...

Boris Johnson accused of body-shaming after ‘too much cake’ jibe at SNP’s Ian Blackford

Boris Johnson has been accused of body-shaming a political rival after asking him “who has been eating more cake?” as he replied to a question in parliament.At prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, Ian Blackford, the SNP’s leader in Westminster, challenged Mr Johnson on his handling of the “partygate” scandal.He said the affair was “sucking attention from the real issues facing the public”, such as the cost of living crisis.Mr Blackford added that the looming increase to national insurance contributions was hanging over the public “like a guillotine” while those in Downing Street “eat cake” – a reference to the...

Boris Johnson rapped for 'fatphobic' joke aimed at SNP’s Ian Blackford during PMQs

Boris Johnson has been accused of "body-shaming" the SNP's Westminster leader after appearing to joke about his weight during Prime Minister's Questions. Ian Blackford again challenged Mr Johnson to resign over “partygate” and alluded to allegations that the Prime Minister attended a short party to celebrate his birthday in June 2020, during the first lockdown.