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Ian Blackford steps down as head of SNP in Westminster

Stephen Flynn touted as frontrunner to replace Blackford as party’s leader in UK parliament

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The SNP’s leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, has stepped down after five years in post after repeated attempts by his MPs to encourage him to stand aside for the next generation.

In a statement, Blackford said: “I have today informed SNP MPs that I will not be restanding as leader of the Westminster parliamentary group at our AGM next week.

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