ANDREW PIERCE: ‘Simple crofter‘ Ian Blackford is rolling in dough 

ANDREW PIERCE: ‘Simple crofter‘ SNP leader Ian Blackford is rolling in dough 

Sporting his tight-fitting waistcoat, the in Westminster, Ian Blackford, plays up to his Celtic credentials.

But his boast that he is a ‘simple crofter‘ with ten acres of land in the Highlands is proving more and more difficult to sustain.

The MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber was revealed last week to have the second largest haul of Parliamentary expenses — at £242,000 — which covers staff, travel and accommodation.

Blackford knows all about large sums of money. 

In the New Year, the internet provider Commsworld, of which he was non-executive chairman, was taken over.

His 4 per cent shareholding netted him an estimated £1.8 million.

He is also chairman of the Golden Charter Trust which, according to the MPs‘ Register of interests, pays him £3,247 a month. 

The trust sells and administers funeral plans. Sadly, undertakers are perhaps one of the few sectors guaranteed to do better business during the pandemic. 

His daily rate for any additional work pays him a further £1,500.

All in all, with his MP‘s salary of £81,000, he‘s doing very nicely thank you for a humble crofter.


Leftie Labour MP Richard Burgon, whose skills are unsurprisingly no longer required in the Shadow Cabinet, hosted a Zoom evening of ‘comedy‘ and ‘music‘ for Jeremy Corbyn supporters. 

He called it Stay Home For Labour. Just what millions of Labour supporters did at the last election.


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