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SNP MP under Labour pressure

Blackford urged to drop second job

Ian Blackford
Ian Blackford

Scottish Labour has called on SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford to ditch his second jobs after it emerged he intends to continue earning £50,000 from outside interests.

Mr Blackford will keep on a number of outside roles, despite earning £75,000 a year as an MP and leading the SNP Group in the House of Commons.

Labour’s East Lothian MP Martin Whitfield has written to Mr Blackford urging him to drop his second jobs.

Mr Whitfield wrote in his letter:  I am baffled as to how you think you can possibly keep on business interests – worth £50,000 a year – and continue to do your job to the fullest of your ability.

“This is even more the case now you have taken on the role of leader of the SNP Westminster Group. In this role, you have the responsibility of representing not just your constituents but your party, as well as holding this callous Tory Government to account.

“As many of your colleagues have said on the record, I do not believe you can fully dedicate yourself to that important role while also serving other interests. I would therefore urge you to immediately drop your outside business interests and focus wholly on your work in the House of Commons.”

Daily Business Comment: Daily Business believes it is legitimate for MPs to hold second jobs for a number of reasons. We outlined our case here.

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