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SNP outrage: Eye-watering sum Ian Blackford earns outside politics exposed

The frustrations from voters in Ian Blackford’s constituency peaked when he took a fifth job outside politics in 2017. The former investment banker accepted a role with New City Agenda – a firm founded by former Brexit Secretary David Davis, Lords deputy speaker Lord McFall of Alcluith and Lib Dem peer Lord Sharkey. Mr Blackford took the unpaid role of non-executive director where he was expected to regularly appear at meetings in London to offer guidance. At the time, Mr Blackford was already the chairman of Scotland’s leading telecommunications provider, Commsworld. The MP received an annual salary of £12,000 for working 32 hours per year and held shares worth more than £70,000 in the company.

He left the company in December last year.

Mr Blackford was and remains the chairman of the Golden Charter Trust.

The firm now pays Mr Blackford £3,247 a month for eight hours work per quarter.

He is also an unpaid director of First Seer Ltd, the company he founded in 2003 to provide investment advice.

As seen on TheyWorkForYou.com, Mr Blackford also has an investment portfolio in the hands of top assets manager Brooks Macdonald.

A Liberal Democrats spokesperson told Express.co.uk in 2017: “Mr Blackford is now rivalling George Osborne with the amount of jobs he has on the go.

“Like Osborne, maybe Mr Blackford should question whether he will be able to represent his constituents to the best of his ability. Likewise voters must ask themselves who would be able to serve them best.”

An SNP spokeswoman added: “Ian Blackford MP was honoured to be asked to sit on this board, which has representation from across the political parties.

“He takes no remuneration for this role. The work of organisations like City Agenda supports innovative thinking about our economy and communities – something the Liberal Democrats once used to support.”

Last November, Mr Blackford’s various roles were once again mentioned as he was urged to two jobs and give “full-time commitment to constituents”.

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Election rival Craig Harrow, who contested Mr Blackford’s Ross, Skye and Lochaber seat for the Liberal Democrats last year sent a letter to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon demanding all her party’s candidates quit second jobs.

Mr Harrow said: “As leader of the SNP, I am writing to request you to confirm that SNP candidates at the general election will keep to the vow made by Peter Wishart in 2015 that for MPs ‘there should be no second jobs’.

“I noted that recently, the former SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson stated that MSPs should ‘give a full-time commitment and not claim they can be in two places, serving two masters at the same time’.

“Will all SNP candidates, including the SNP’s current Westminster leader, therefore pledge a ‘full time commitment to constituents and constituency’ ahead of the election on December 12?”

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An SNP source hit back, however, saying that several senior Lib Dems had profited from second jobs.

The source told The Press and Journal: “SNP MPs work hard full time in their roles standing up for the people of Scotland at Westminster.

“Unlike the Lib Dems, who imposed devastating austerity cuts on Scotland’s communities in coalition with the Tories, SNP MPs always stand up for Scotland’s interests.

“Hopefully after this cringeworthy boomerang attack, Mr Harrow will redirect his letter to Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, Lib Dem deputy leader Ed Davey, Scottish Lib Dem Jamie Stone, Chuka Umunna, Vince Cable, Tim Farron, Norman Lamb, Philip Lee and other senior Lib Dem spokespeople who have made thousands of pounds in second jobs during their time as MPs.”

They added: “All SNP MPs elected in December will have a full time commitment to their constituents and constituencies.”



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