BREAKING: Stephen Flynn elected as SNP's Westminster leader and Mhairi Black elected as deputy. 📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube
The MP for Aberdeen South takes the place of Ian Blackford to run the party's Commons contingent.
SNP "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., at a vote among SNP MPs this week.Stephen Flynn has launched a bid to become the SNP's next Westminster leader after Ian Blackford announced he was stepping down.SNP in the Commons? For starters, someone who doesn’t have their strings tugged by HQ.
" SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon congratulated the"formidable team" elected to lead her party at Westminster.Advertisement In a tweet minutes after the result was announced, the First Minister wrote:"Congratulations to new @theSNP Westminster leader @StephenFlynnSNP and deputy leader @MhairiBlack - a truly formidable team.“Even fewer do so having spent almost the entirety of their teenage and adult years battling a physical disability."Looking forward to working with them both.Flynn wrote: "Few working class folk ever make it to parliament, fewer still run to be political leaders." Image: Ian Blackford held the role of the SNP's Westminster leader for over five years Mr Flynn replaces Ian Blackford who held the role for over five years, but announced his exit last week." The MP put the need for independence at the centre of the pitch to his colleagues.Mr Blackford, who will remain an MP and take on a new role at the centre of the SNP's independence campaign, said it was"the right time for fresh leadership at Westminster as we head towards a general election and the next steps in winning Scotland's independence".Westminster has a very nasty habit of giving people such a sense of their own importance in that “venerable” chamber that they quite forget why they were sent there in the first place.
However, SNP sources told Sky News the move was"a long time coming" amid reports of a coup against him - rumours rejected by party leader and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.“I want to see us sat the top tables in." Like his parliamentary colleague, Alison Thewliss, who announced her bid to be Westminster leader on Saturday evening, Flynn hit out at Westminster culture.Questioned after his resignation, Mr Blackford avoided directly answering whether he had been pushed out.Instead he said Ms Sturgeon had asked him to be her business ambassador and said the fight for Scottish independence is"moving into a new phase".Related Topics."The Tories will keep shredding our relationship with Europe and the Labour Party will cheer them on.
PMQs. StephenFlynnSNP has big shoes to fill tomorrow, Ianblackford_MP Who is StephenFlynnSNP ? Why oh why all this Cancer White Wash about early detection. When the HELL r u going to get down to the nitty gritty & shame the government into proper funding of CANCER RESEARCH A white person, that's a shock...
more finished than penaldo 👍 Good luck Stephen!🏴 Soon you will all be home and we can leave it to the newly independent England🏴
Stephen Flynn officially launches SNP Westminster leadership bidSNP MP Stephen Flynn has confirmed he is running to become the party’s next leader at Westminster.
Stephen Flynn launches bid to be SNP's next Westminster leaderThe Aberdeen South MP will be hoping to take over from Ian Blackford following the SNP's AGM on Tuesday.
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