What has Ian Blackford been up to today?
Ian Blackford is MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and a member of the Scottish National Party party.
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Member of parliament for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and @theSNP Westminster group leader. Constituents with questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a look at tomorrow's front page 📰 'Yes we can!'
In the 2021 election, the SNP and pro-independence parties got:
✅ The highest ever number of votes
✅ The highest ever vote share
✅ The highest ever number of MSPs
✅ A pro-independence majority
There's a clear mandate for #indyref2. That's democracy.
#BBCQT audience member: “Members of this panel keep pointing their fingers at the SNP, saying that they are a one issue party. That they are never going to take no for an answer. But we keep electing them. You need to wake up and smell the coffee.”
Democracy is pretty simple.
🔥 This audience member on #bbcqt absolutely nails it.
"We don't run a country based on opinion polls", but on elections.
The Tories haven't won in Scotland since 1955, and pro-independence parties won an overwhelming mandate for #indyref2. That's basic democracy.
“The people voted to have a choice, the people should have a choice… let’s bring it on and have a referendum”
The SNP’s @AngusRobertson believes it’s a matter of democracy that the people of Scotland should be able to vote in an independence referendum. #bbcqt
🤰🏻With only a few weeks to go until my baby is due, I’m delighted that @JohnSwinney will be covering the Finance and Economy portfolio for the duration of maternity leave. I’ll be theoretically* finishing up on 16 July.
*Unless baby has other plans!
This is a clip from a debate during the 2014 independence campaign in Scotland. We were told that UK membership of the EU wasn’t at risk. It was false. Now the only way for Scotland to be in the EU is with independence. It works well for other countries. #WhyNotScotland 🏴🇪🇺 https://twitter.com/rosscolquhoun/status/1541506630856097793
👀 Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael: “The only way to guarantee leaving the EU is by leaving the United Kingdom.”
More gulping, empty heided staring, and inarticulacy as the UK Foreign Secretary tries to answer some basic questions about human rights. Extraordinary that she’s unable to denounce murder or mass executions. What a state we’re in. Scotland - we can do better. #Indyref2023 https://twitter.com/bestforbritain/status/1541733785233915912
Liz Truss having a torrid time, trying to explain to @RhonddaBryant why a state that murders journalists abroad and executes people at home is not "authoritarian".
Incredibly awkward. In the end, effectively, has to admit that the UK can only deal with one threat at a time. ~AA
WATCH as SNP MP Patricia Gibson asks the UK Government if they are scared to be without Scotland 🔥
SNP Westminster leader @Ianblackford_MP accuses Tories of 'running out of ideas' to defend Westminster system
.@Ianblackford_MP: "The Tories might fear democratic debate, but they don’t have the right to block Scottish democracy." #PMQs https://t.co/2CfXfkx18I
.@Ianblackford_MP: "Just last year, the Leader of the Scottish Conservatives no less, put it in his own words:
“A vote for the SNP, is another vote for an independence referendum”
You won’t hear me say this often but, I agree with him – and so do the Scottish people." #PMQs
SNP Westminster leader @Ianblackford_MP tells Deputy Prime Minister @DominicRaab that "there is no case for the Union".
"Why is the UK Government scared of democracy, or is it that they have simply run out of ideas to defend the failing Westminster system?"#PMQs
"Scotland has already paid the price for not being independent."
SNP's @Ianblackford_MP says his party will make a positive case for Scottish independence.
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"Scotland has already paid the price for not being independent" @Ianblackford_MP says, citing a hard #Brexit we didn't vote for, dragging us out of the #EU against our will. "We will have our referendum on independence." #pmqs
WATCH as @Ianblackford_MP challenges Dominic Raab to come up with a case for the Union 👏
"What if that other voice we all know so well responds saying 'we say no and we are the state'? Well, we say yes and we are the people." @Ianblackford_MP quotes Canon Kenyon Wright's timeless words. Right in 1990, right in 2022. #pmqs
🏴19.10.23, the date has been set, Scotlands journey begins. Our right to democracy must not be denied. We must be free to choose a better path than the pain of Westminster politics #PMQs
"Scotland has already paid the price for not being independent"
The SNP's @Ianblackford_MP asks Deputy PM Dominic Raab to make the case for Scotland staying in the union #PMQs
"Scottish democracy cannot be a prisoner of Boris Johnson"
@NicolaSturgeon says she wants to make sure #indyref2 is "lawful" adding the PM doesn't respect democracy
📣 Scotland's future is up to the people of Scotland - and they will have their say.
🗳 @NicolaSturgeon has now set out the path to the referendum on 19 October 2023.
🏴 The campaign is on - get involved today: http://www.yes.scot/signup
Today I presented a Bill to Parliament to make it an offence for politicians to wilfully lie to the public
Together with five other parties @Plaid_Cymru have urged @CommonsLeader to ensure the Bill can progress so we can begin to restore faith in democracy
🥀 Keir Starmer: "Make Brexit Work"
👱♂️ Boris Johnson: "Get Brexit Done"
Without independence, there is no route back into the EU for Scotland.
We're paying a heavy price for a damaging Brexit because we're not independent.
"What if that other voice [Westminster] we all know so well responds by saying, 'We say no, and we are the state'? Well we say ‘yes’ – and we are the people”.
🏴 Canon Kenyon Wright #indyref2 #Indyref2023
✉️ First Minister @NicolaSturgeon’s letter to Boris Johnson.
The two principles behind #indyref2 - the rule of law and the rule of democracy. If the Supreme Court rules that the UK CAN legally prevent it, @theSNP will fight the next General Election on ONE question - should Scotland be an Independent country? Bravo @NicolaSturgeon
It’s now time for all of those who back independence to mobilise.
✍️ Join over half a million people who have pledged their support for Scottish independence. http://www.yes.scot/signup
🏴 Roadmap for #IndyRef2:
📄 Publishing Referendum Bill today for vote on 19 October 2023.
🗳 Question is the same as 2014: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
🏢 @ScotGov seeking clarity on lawfulness, with Lord Advocate referring to Supreme Court.
🚨 BREAKING: First Minister @NicolaSturgeon Scotland’s independence referendum will be held on the 19th of October 2023.
🏴 The campaign is on! Join over half a million people and pledge your support for Scottish independence at https://www.yes.scot/signup/
The date has been set for the people of Scotland to have a vote on independence, the 19th October 2023 #itstimeforindependence
🏴 @NicolaSturgeon is about to set out the roadmap to Scotland's independence referendum.
🗳️ Scotland's future is up to the people who live in Scotland, not Boris Johnson and Westminster governments.
⏰ Tune in at 2:20pm today on http://scottishparliament.tv.
🏴 The mandate for #indyref2 is bigger than those of Thatcher, Blair, Cameron or Boris Johnson.
🗳️ It's time Westminster respected democracy.
✍️ Join over half a million people and pledge your support today at http://yes.Scot/signup
✅ There is a clear democratic mandate for Scotland's independence referendum.
🏴 Scotland's future is Scotland's choice - it's not up to Boris Johnson or Westminster politicians.
👉🏼 Pledge your support and get involved: http://yes.scot/signup
Fine speeches but actions speak louder than words. If folk are going to call out the bill for what it is they might vote against it.
And here is the list by parties of MPs who voted No to the NI Protocol bill. This has cropped off the NI Alliance Party. List shows no Conservative MP voted against. So no rebellion. Just a lot of abstentions
Have a look at tomorrow's front page 📰 'The will of Scotland's people must prevail'
🗓 Tomorrow, FM @NicolaSturgeon will set out Scotland’s route to next year’s independence referendum.
🏴 The people of Scotland will choose our nation’s path forward.
📺 Tune in tomorrow at 2:20pm, at http://www.scottishparliament.tv
First class speech from @Simon4NDorset outlining the power grab and intent of breaking of international law with the Northern Ireland protocol bill. I hope members across the house listen to his wise words and vote down this bill.
Indeed he is delighted to having been at the exhibition yesterday
If you have spare time you must go and see the #johnbyrne exhibition at @KelvingroveArt he’s a genius.
In a @BigCountryUK tonight in Glasgow just fantastic
All set to head off to see @BigCountryUK in Glasgow for a delayed birthday night out from last year!
Understanding the views and priorities of the diverse communities within the Highlands and Islands is important.
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JOINT STATEMENT ON BUDHMOR CARE HOME:
Ian Blackford MP, Kate Forbes MSP & Councillor Drew Miller 👇
One of the darkest days for women’s rights in my lifetime. Obviously the immediate consequences will be suffered by women in the US - but this will embolden anti-abortion & anti-women forces in other countries too. Solidarity doesn’t feel enough right now - but it is necessary. https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1540337190848323588
Right to abortion overturned by US Supreme Court after nearly 50 years in Roe v Wade ruling http://news.sky.com/story/right-to-abortion-overturned-by-us-supreme-court-after-nearly-50-years-in-roe-v-wade-ruling-12628801
.@Ianblackford_MP - there's some nice folk up your way 👏👏👏
This week is @JustLikeUsUK's #SchoolDiversityWeek – the annual celebration of LGBT+ equality in schools!
It's fantastic that a record number of schools are signed up to celebrate diverse families, promote kindness and tackle anti-LGBT+ behaviour.
🇪🇺 Six years ago today, Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU.
🏴 We're a proudly European nation and we reject the isolationist, right-wing Brexit imposed on us against our will.
💡 Here's how Europe is leaving a light on for Scotland.
Boris Johnson has again been accused of peddling falsehoods in Parliament after falsely claiming taxes are higher in Scotland than in the rest of the UK
You’d really think Alistair Carmichael would have learnt a lesson from being shamed so publicly for his dishonesty. And yet here he is, at it again. As everyone knows, @AngusRobertson is a passionate advocate of Scotland’s #EU membership.
📈 Rising prices, soaring bills, tax hikes and welfare cuts for families - this is the price of Tory governments.
🚨 And to make things worse, Boris Johnson is ready to push the UK economy into recession.
🏴 Westminster is holding Scotland back. Let’s choose a better future.