Constituents furious as wealthy SNP MP takes FIFTH job outside of politics : Express

A WEALTHY Nationalist MP has been accused of neglecting his constituents after taking on his fifth job outside politics.

SNP MP Ian Blackford

Ian Blackford, the former investment banker who is standing for election again in Ross, Skye and Lochaber, has joined a leading financial think tank in London.

He is now an non-executive director with New City Agenda, the firm founded by Brexit minister David Davis, Lords deputy speaker Lord McFall of Alcluith and Lib Dem peer Lord Sharkey.

Although the role is unpaid, Mr Blackford will be expected to attend board meetings and offer guidance to the think tank, which is based in the fashionable Shoreditch district.

The move has prompted comparisons with former Chancellor George Osborne, who is standing down at the general election after criticism over his other jobs, most notably as the new editor of the London Evening Standard.

Mr Blackford, who was an executive with Nat West and Deutsche Bank before retiring from banking in 2002, is already the chairman of Scotland’s leading telecommunications provider, Commsworld.

The MP receives an annual salary of £12,000 for working 32 hours per year and holds shares worth more than £70,000 in the Edinburgh-based company.

He is also the chairman of the Golden Charter Trust, which holds the money for one of Britain’s biggest funeral plan providers. He was paid £37,430 for working 39 hours last year, the equivalent of almost £960 an hour.

Yet another role outside politics is to act as unpaid director of First Seer Ltd, the company he founded in 2003 to provide investment advice.

READ MORE : EXPRESS

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