SNP’s ex-Commons chief Ian Blackford bought sexy lingerie for his childhood sweetheart mistress from an account he shared with his wife of 22 years

SNP’s ex-Commons chief Ian Blackford bought sexy lingerie for his childhood sweetheart mistress from an account he shared with his wife of 22 years

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SNP’s ex-Commons chief Ian Blackford bought sexy lingerie for his childhood sweetheart mistress from an account he shared with his wife of 22 years
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By Georgia Edkins For The Mail On Sunday

22:01 03 Feb 2024, updated 22:16 03 Feb 2024

  • 62-year-old pictured hand-in-hand with his new lover Kim Lyons 
  • Abruptly ended his 22-year marriage to wife Ann in November 



The wife of the former SNP leader in Westminster Ian Blackford has been left ‘broken’ and ‘devastated’ following claims he has been having an affair with a childhood sweetheart, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Mr Blackford, a former investment banker and one of the country’s wealthiest MPs – who was once mocked by then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson for describing himself as a ‘humble crofter’ – abruptly ended his 22-year marriage to wife Ann in November.

He has been pictured grinning and strolling hand-in-hand with his new lover, Kim Lyons.

Now furious family friends have accused the Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP of ‘destroying’ Ann’s life, calling him ’emotionally bereft’.

They say the politician, 62, had been renting a love nest in Cardiff for more than £1,000-a-month to conduct his affair with Ms Lyons, whom he first met when he was 19, and spent £300 from the couple’s joint bank account on lingerie.

Ian Blackford (left) has been pictured grinning and strolling hand-in-hand with his new lover Kim Lyons (right)
Furious family friends have accused the Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP of ‘destroying’ his ex-wife Ann’s life, calling him ‘emotionally bereft’
Mr Blackford, a former investment banker and one of the country’s wealthiest MPs – who was once mocked by then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson for describing himself as a ‘humble crofter’

He is said to have cruelly dumped Ann ‘out of the blue’ just weeks after the couple, who have six grown-up children between them, had returned from a trip to France where they discussed buying a holiday home.

A close family friend told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Ann used to be his political rock and confidante. Now, he has ruined her life. She doesn’t sleep, she doesn’t eat. She just doesn’t recognise him any more.

‘He has got to be exposed for who he is and what he has done. He is emotionally bereft. He hides it well, but he has got two or three sides to him. Friends found him and the way he spoke to Ann off-putting sometimes, but he was always kind to her and protected her, until now. She feels humiliated.’

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Mr Blackford, who owns a portfolio of properties, lost the Westminster leadership in 2021 and is now hoping for a seat in the Lords.

The friend added that being away from the limelight ‘had a huge bearing on him’ and speculated this may have led to his affair. ‘He absolutely loved having his picture taken and he loved the celebrity stuff that came with the job.’ they said.

‘The family did not know anything about Kim Lyons until now. He said that she had tried contacting him over the years and last summer, he began calling her back. Perhaps he just wanted the attention. She called, and he bit.’

The scale of the affair was laid bare when, after their separation, Mrs Blackford found purchases made from their joint account.

The friend said: ‘She saw that in November, he started buying the girlfriend lingerie and jewellery.

‘He started to go for dinners in London, according to the accounts, and even on cinema trips. Then, he started taking out more than £1,000 a month to rent a love nest in Cardiff for him and the new woman.’

The friend also revealed: ‘A few weeks ago it seems the other woman dumped him, but he must have got her back.’

Mr Blackford and Ms Lyons were pictured last week entering a television studio together in London.

Last night Mr Blackford declined to comment. Mrs Blackford refused to comment.


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