POLITICS: Stephen Flynn elected as SNP Westminster leader replacing Ian Blackford

On Tuesday night, at the party’s annual general meeting, Mhairi Black was confirmed as Flynn’s deputy

Stephen Flynn, the new SNP Westminster leader, Nicola Sturgeon and Ian Blackford.

By Bill Heaney

STV News is reporting that Stephen Flynn has been elected as the SNP’s Westminster leader replacing Ian Blackford.

The Aberdeen South MP defeated Alison Thewliss for the top job at the party’s annual general meeting on Tuesday and will face Rishi Sunak at Prime Minister’s Questions less than 24 hours later.

Controversial Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Mhairi Black, the youngest person to ever be elected an MP, will become his deputy much to the delight of Labour MPs who do not rate her.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon congratulated Flynn and newly elected Westminster deputy leader Black.

“A truly formidable team,” she tweeted, “Looking forward to working with them both.”

“It’s an honour to be elected to lead the SNP’s strong and talented team of MPs during such a crucial period for Scotland,” Flynn said after his win was confirmed.

“Under my leadership, SNP MPs will be relentlessly focused on standing up for Scotland’s interests and our democratic right to decide our future in an independence referendum.

“Families across Scotland are paying a devastating price under Westminster control, with Brexit, austerity cuts and the Tory cost-of-living crisis hammering household budgets.

“SNP MPs will work harder than ever to hold the Tory Government to account, and make the case that independence is the essential route to safety, fairness and prosperity for Scotland.”

Black said she was “delighted to have been elected”, adding: “Westminster is failing Scotland.

“With the Tories and Labour Party both wedded to Brexit, austerity cuts and democracy denial, it’s clearer than ever that independence is the only way to escape the damage of Westminster control and get Scotland back on the path to prosperity.”

Leave a Reply