‘You spent a fortnight in the states!’ Blackford left red-faced after urging MPs to return

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Ian Blackford was grilled over his demands for Parliament to be recalled after reports suggested, at the time of his outcry, the SNP representative was actually on holiday in America himself. Mr Blackford has urged for Parliament to be urgently recalled amid the summer recess to address the soaring cost of living that is battering households across the nation. Despite his own time abroad, the SNP Westminster leader has declared the outgoing Prime Minister as “missing in action” and blasted the Tories for their lack of action.

Speaking on Sky News, Mr Blackford slammed the Conservative Government’s approach to tackling the energy crisis. 

He said: “An independent Scotland would take its responsibilities to citizens far more seriously than the crew in Westminster are currently doing.”

Host Niall Paterson intervened as he added: “One thing you were calling for on a number of occasions was for Westminster to be recalled.

“But, as a number of people have pointed out, you were making those calls from a fortnight in the states.”

Mr Blackford denied the allegations of Mr Paterson: “No, I made these calls when I was here.”

He defended his demands for Parliament to be recalled as he continued: “Of course, we’re on a recess but there is a crisis that is here. 

“People go on holiday and I respect everyone’s right to do that, including myself. 

“The simple fact of the matter is that Parliament should be recalled to discuss this crisis now.”

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