Ian Blackford explodes at claims he exposed holiday cottage 'Smear from PM's ...

IAN BLACKFORD furiously hit out at claims he had revealed the location of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's family holiday earlier in the summer.

PUBLISHED: 12:50, Wed, Sep 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:28, Wed, Sep 2, 2020

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford reacted with fury at claims he had shared details of Boris Johnson's chosen holiday location earlier this summer. Boris Johnson was revealed to have picked an isolated cottage in Scotland to spend his holidays with partner Carrie Symonds and baby son Wilfred. Rumours arose about Mr Blackford having discussed the location, claims the SNP politician vocally rejected following PMQs on Wednesday.

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Mr Blackford said the suggestion was a "smear from the PM's office" as he insisted he had not been aware Mr Johnson had been holidaying in his constituency at the time.

He said: "This was a violation of his family's privacy that neither myself nor my party in any way condone.

"Later the same day, a senior Conservative source in Downing Street told The Sun newspaper, and I quote, 'The finger of blame of this getting out is being pointed at the SNP, particularly Ian Blackford, who is local MP.'

"This was consequently repeated in a number of newspapers and broadcast outlets."

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The SNP MP continued: "This allegation and briefing was entirely and deliberately false. It was a targeted political smear from the Prime Minister's office.

"The photographer who provided the material for the original article later confirmed that I was not the source in revealing the Prime Minister's location.

"A location, I might add, I was not even aware of. By this point, the damage was done."

Mr Blackford reported the damning allegations had

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