Ian Blackford rules out running for SNP deputy leader

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The SNP’s Westminster chairman has ruled himself out of the contest to be the party’s next deputy leader.

Ian Blackford, the MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber symbolized he will not be running to succeed Angus Robertson.

In a post on Twitter, he communicated he wanted to concentrate on his constituency and his role as Westminster leader.

So far only Glasgow MSP James Dornan has revealed he will be standing for the post but it is thought a number of MPs will consider upright against him.

Aberdeen North MP Kirsty Blackman, Edinburgh MP Tommy Sheppard, Livingston MP Hannah Bardell, and Perth MP Pete Wishart are surrounded by those who may throw their hats into the ring.

It is thought that head benchers Dr Philippa Whiteford and Joanna Cherry may also join the contest.

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Angus Robertson staged down as deputy leader earlier this month, eight months after conquering his Westminster seat.

Mr Blackford announced that he would not be replacing Mr Robertson in an discussion with The Press and Journal.

He said it was an “absolute privilege” to be a Highland MP.

And he joined: “I take quite seriously the responsibilities I’ve got as leader in Westminster and supporting the authority in Holyrood.

“If I was depute leader as well, something would have to dispense. I think it is maybe simply too much to ask.”

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