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New SNP leader in Westminster Stephen Flynn denies plotting coup against Ian Blackford

The brand new SNP chief in Westminster has denied allegations from ‘uninformed’ critics that he plotted a coup towards his predecessor Ian Blackford.

Stephen Flynn stated anybody who thinks he deliberate to grab energy from Mr Blackford has watched ‘an excessive amount of’ of the favored Netflix political drama Home of Playing cards.

Mr Flynn was additionally requested about the truth that he launched a management bid simply two weeks after publicly declaring on Twitter that he had ‘no intention of standing’.

The politician stated he didn’t ‘essentially change his thoughts’ when deciding to pursue the position of SNP chief, however famous that when he tweeted ‘there was no emptiness.’

New SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn (pictured on Wednesday) has denied allegations from 'uninformed' critics that he plotted a coup against his predecessor Ian Blackford

New SNP Westminster chief Stephen Flynn (pictured on Wednesday) has denied allegations from ‘uninformed’ critics that he plotted a coup towards his predecessor Ian Blackford

Stephen Flynn said anyone who thinks he planned to seize power from Ian Blackford (pictured in October) has watched 'too much' of the popular Netflix political drama House of Cards

Stephen Flynn stated anybody who thinks he deliberate to grab energy from Ian Blackford (pictured in October) has watched ‘an excessive amount of’ of the favored Netflix political drama Home of Playing cards

Mr Flynn, the MP for Aberdeen South, was chosen by the social gathering’s Westminster group to be their new chief forward of rival candidate Alison Thewliss.

He spoke to the BBC’s Drivetime programme at the moment, the place he was requested if he had plotted to turn out to be the brand new chief.

Mr Flynn stated: ‘In fact not. 

‘I believe what we’ve seen over the course of current days and up to date weeks is that some folks have been watching a little bit bit an excessive amount of Home of Playing cards.’

Mr Flynn was referring to the political thriller, starring Kevin Spacey, that adopted the lifetime of Frank Underwood, a power-hungry US congressman who turns into president after a profitable coup.

‘There’s been some very uninformed opinion within the public area,’ the SNP chief added.

Mr Blackford stated he could be stepping down as Westminster group chief final week, a place he had held for the reason that 2017 election.

Final week First Minister and general social gathering chief Nicola Sturgeon stated ‘no, it’s not a coup’ and instructed STV that Mr Blackford independently decided to go. 

Mr Flynn said: 'I think what we've seen over the course of recent days and recent weeks is that some folk have been watching a little bit too much House of Cards'

Mr Flynn stated: ‘I believe what we’ve seen over the course of current days and up to date weeks is that some folks have been watching a little bit bit an excessive amount of Home of Playing cards’ 

Mr Flynn had tweeted that he had 'no intention of standing' in response to a story saying a 'coup' was under way to replace Mr Blackford

Mr Flynn had tweeted that he had ‘no intention of standing’ in response to a narrative saying a ‘coup’ was beneath method to change Mr Blackford

Mr Flynn had tweeted that he had ‘no intention of standing’ in response to a narrative saying a ‘coup’ was beneath method to change Mr Blackford.

He stated: ‘I don’t suppose I essentially modified my thoughts.

‘Once I tweeted within the public area there was no emptiness.

‘We had a parliamentary group chief, we have been ready on the result of the UK Supreme Courtroom, what modified was the truth that Ian opted to face down.’

When Mr Wishart introduced he was leaving the entrance bench, he revealed a letter saying he was ‘bemused’ that Mr Flynn felt it needed for a change in management.

Mr Flynn praised Mr Wishart as an ‘esteemed colleague’ who supported himself and deputy group chief Mhairi Black.

He stated: ‘Ian himself took the choice to face down and it’s for Ian to deal with any issues that Pete might need in relation to that.

‘I can’t converse for Ian in that regard.’

Mr Flynn also said he backed Nicola Sturgeon's plan to treat the next general election as a 'de facto referendum' but added that party members would decide on exactly what this means. Nicola Sturgeon (centre) is pictured yesterday on the way to First Minister's Questions in the Scottish Parliament

Mr Flynn additionally stated he backed Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to deal with the subsequent common election as a ‘de facto referendum’ however added that social gathering members would determine on precisely what this implies. Nicola Sturgeon (centre) is pictured yesterday on the best way to First Minister’s Questions within the Scottish Parliament

Mr Flynn issued his remarks at the moment after a 3rd member of Mr Blackford’s entrance bench group introduced he was standing all the way down to go to the again benches.

Chris Regulation stated he was leaving his position as shadow worldwide improvement secretary following related strikes from SNP colleagues Pete Wishart and Stewart McDonald.

The brand new SNP group chief stated he’s at the moment assembling his entrance bench group, who could be a ‘dynamic set of folks’.

He stated he regarded ahead to the brand new gender recognition regulation passing in Scotland, laws which has proved divisive amongst SNP MSPs.

Mr Flynn additionally stated he backed Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to deal with the subsequent common election as a ‘de facto referendum’ however added that social gathering members would determine on precisely what this implies.

He stated: ‘I’m trying ahead to us all coming collectively to actually put the stress on the Tories, to spotlight the problems dealing with the folks of Scotland in relation to the cost-of-living disaster, the harm being attributable to Brexit, the complicity of the Labour Occasion in relation to that.

‘And, after all, the truth that Scotland has that democratic proper to decide on its personal future.’

Pete Wishart announced yesterday he would not seek a senior role under Stephen Flynn and questioned his behaviour just days after he replaced Ian Blackford as the separatists' leader in London.

Pete Wishart introduced yesterday he wouldn’t search a senior position beneath Stephen Flynn and questioned his behaviour simply days after he changed Ian Blackford because the separatists’ chief in London.

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Mr Flynn’s comment comes simply in the future after senior Mr Wishart introduced he wouldn’t search a senior position beneath Mr Flynn and questioned his behaviour.

Mr Wishart, the MP for Perth and North Perthshire, stated he was ‘bemused’ as to why Mr Flynn ‘thought it needed to hunt a change in our management’ at  a time when assist for an independence Scotland was rising. 

In his letter to Mr Flynn yesterday morning Mr Wishart, a former rock musician who has been an MP for greater than twenty years, stated: ‘I stay bemused as to the the explanation why you felt it was needed to hunt a change in our management, notably after we see yesterday’s opinion ballot, which exhibits assist for independence at a close to all-time excessive and assist for the SNP at Westminster at an unprecedented 51%.

‘Often change of this significance accompanies failure, whereas we’re trying solely at sustained and rising success as a motion and social gathering.

‘I’m positive that that is one thing that can turn out to be obvious to me in the course of the course of your management.

‘I additionally stay up for studying first-hand what you hope to do in another way within the day-to-day administration of the group.’

Mr Wishart has held quite a lot of entrance bench posts, most lately serving because the group’s Division for Setting, Meals and Rural Affairs (Defra) spokesman. 

Nevertheless, the Perth and Perthshire North MP stated Mr Flynn has his ‘full assist’, including ‘I stay at your service in case you do want to make use of my expertise within the Westminster group.’