Ian Blackford is MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber

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.

Ian Blackford has 174193 followers on Twitter.

In the 2021 election, the SNP and pro-independence parties got:

โœ… The highest ever number of votes
โœ… The highest ever vote share
โœ… The highest ever number of MSPs
โœ… A pro-independence majority

There's a clear mandate for #indyref2. That's democracy.

#BBCQT audience member: โ€œMembers 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.โ€

Democracy is pretty simple.

๐Ÿ”ฅ 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.

โ€œThe people voted to have a choice, the people should have a choiceโ€ฆ letโ€™s bring it on and have a referendumโ€

The SNPโ€™s @AngusRobertson believes itโ€™s a matter of democracy that the people of Scotland should be able to vote in an independence referendum. #bbcqt

๐Ÿคฐ๐ŸปWith only a few weeks to go until my baby is due, Iโ€™m delighted that @JohnSwinney will be covering the Finance and Economy portfolio for the duration of maternity leave. Iโ€™ll be theoretically* finishing up on 16 July.

*Unless baby has other plans!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-61999654

This is a clip from a debate during the 2014 independence campaign in Scotland. We were told that UK membership of the EU wasnโ€™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 ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ https://twitter.com/rosscolquhoun/status/1541506630856097793

Ross Colquhoun @rosscolquhoun

๐Ÿ‘€ Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael: โ€œThe only way to guarantee leaving the EU is by leaving the United Kingdom.โ€

.@Ianblackford_MP: "Just last year, the Leader of the Scottish Conservatives no less, put it in his own words:

โ€œA vote for the SNP, is another vote for an independence referendumโ€

You wonโ€™t hear me say this often but, I agree with him โ€“ 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.

#PMQs: http://trib.al/dwvcRFT

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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

"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

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ19.10.23, 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

๐Ÿ“ฃ Scotland's future is up to the people of Scotland - and they will have their say.

๐Ÿ—ณ @NicolaSturgeon has now set out the path to the referendum on 19 October 2023.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ 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

#StopTheLies

๐Ÿฅ€ Keir Starmer: "Make Brexit Work"
๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™‚๏ธ 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 โ€˜yesโ€™ โ€“ and we are the peopleโ€.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Canon Kenyon Wright #indyref2 #Indyref2023

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

๐Ÿซต Itโ€™s now time for all of those who back independence to mobilise.

โœ๏ธ Join over half a million people who have pledged their support for Scottish independence. http://www.yes.scot/signup

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Roadmap for #IndyRef2:

๐Ÿ“„ Publishing Referendum Bill today for vote on 19 October 2023.

๐Ÿ—ณ Question is the same as 2014: โ€œShould Scotland be an independent country?โ€

๐Ÿข @ScotGov seeking clarity on lawfulness, with Lord Advocate referring to Supreme Court.

๐Ÿšจ BREAKING: First Minister @NicolaSturgeon Scotlandโ€™s independence referendum will be held on the 19th of October 2023.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ The campaign is on! Join over half a million people and pledge your support for Scottish independence at https://www.yes.scot/signup/

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ @NicolaSturgeon is about to set out the roadmap to Scotland's independence referendum.

๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Scotland's future is up to the people who live in Scotland, not Boris Johnson and Westminster governments.

โฐ Tune in at 2:20pm today on http://scottishparliament.tv.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ The mandate for #indyref2 is bigger than those of Thatcher, Blair, Cameron or Boris Johnson.

๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ It's time Westminster respected democracy.

โœ๏ธ Join over half a million people and pledge your support today at http://yes.Scot/signup

โœ… There is a clear democratic mandate for Scotland's independence referendum.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Scotland's future is Scotland's choice - it's not up to Boris Johnson or Westminster politicians.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Pledge your support and get involved: http://yes.scot/signup

๐Ÿ—“ Tomorrow, FM @NicolaSturgeon will set out Scotlandโ€™s route to next yearโ€™s independence referendum.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ The people of Scotland will choose our nationโ€™s path forward.

๐Ÿ“บ 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.

Understanding the views and priorities of the diverse communities within the Highlands and Islands is important.

Please complete the survey which can be found here & takes less than 10 minutes to complete Your Police 2022-2023 - Police Scotland - Citizen Space

#YourPolice

JOINT STATEMENT ON BUDHMOR CARE HOME:

Ian Blackford MP, Kate Forbes MSP & Councillor Drew Miller ๐Ÿ‘‡

https://www.ianblackford.scot/2022/06/joint-statement-on-budhmor-care-home/

This week is @JustLikeUsUK's #SchoolDiversityWeek โ€“ 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.

https://www.justlikeus.org/home/get-involved/school-diversity-week/

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Six years ago today, Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ We're a proudly European nation and we reject the isolationist, right-wing Brexit imposed on us against our will.

๐Ÿ’ก Here's how Europe is leaving a light on for Scotland.

https://www.snp.org/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

https://www.thenational.scot/news/20227734.boris-johnson-pmqs-snp-tax-jibe-sees-pm-repeat-falsehood/

Youโ€™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 Scotlandโ€™s #EU membership.

๐Ÿ“ˆ Rising prices, soaring bills, tax hikes and welfare cuts for families - this is the price of Tory governments.

๐Ÿšจ And to make things worse, Boris Johnson is ready to push the UK economy into recession.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Westminster is holding Scotland back. Letโ€™s choose a better future.

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