An Aberdeen MP has said it is an “honour” to be appointed deputy leader of her party at Westminster.
Kirsty Blackman, the only Scottish National Party MP in the North-east, has been nominated to become the deputy leader at Westminster.
The Aberdeen North MP will work alongside Ian Blackford who was named as the leader of the SNP group in Parliament on Wednesday.
She said: “It is a huge honour that my colleagues have chosen me to be the deputy leader of the SNP at Westminster.
“I will be working with Ian Blackford to make sure the SNP’s voice is heard.
“In my role I will be working with my fellow SNP MPs and my colleagues at the Scottish Parliament.” Mrs Blackman has said her constituents won’t suffer as a result of her new appointment.
“It is very important for me to carry out my work as an MP in Aberdeen North,” she added.
“It is hugely important to me to get along to the community events and do my case work in the constituency.
“My job is about representing my constituents at Westminster and that is what I intend to do.”
Ian Blackford, who represents Ross, Skye and Lochaber, succeeded Angus Robertson as leader of the SNP group after Mr Robertson lost his seat in the snap election last week.
The new leaders were both first elected in 2015
Mrs Blackman said: “Ian has a long term involvement with the SNP and I hope, as a group of MPs, we can really hold the Government to account.”
She said that she expects combining family life with her responsibilities as deputy leader in the Commons will prove to be challenging.
“This job like any other is a juggling act between work and family life. It is hard being away from home, but I have grown up in Aberdeen and some people are away for weeks on end so I am a bit fortunate.”