Ian Blackford

Ian Blackford (born 14 May 1961) is a Scottish politician serving as Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the House of Commons since 2017. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ross, Skye and Lochaber since 2015.


Ian Blackford

Blackford in 2020
Leader of the Scottish National Party
in the House of Commons
Assumed office
14 June 2017
DeputyKirsty Blackman
Kirsten Oswald
LeaderNicola Sturgeon
Preceded byAngus Robertson
Member of Parliament
for Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byCharles Kennedy
Majority9,443 (23.7%)
Personal details
Born (1961-05-14) 14 May 1961 (age 60)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
Spouse(s)
Ann Yeoman
(m. 2002)
Websitewww.ianblackford.scot

Originally from Edinburgh, he previously worked as an investment banker and has been involved with various business ventures since. He was the national treasurer of the SNP from 1999 to 2000. Blackford has been the SNP Westminster Leader since Angus Robertson lost his seat at the 2017 snap general election.