IRVINE’S MP has been tipped as a potential SNP deputy leader following the resignation of Angus Robertson.

Possible contenders for the deputy position include frontbenchers Dr Philippa Whitford, Joanna Cherry, with The Stand Comedy Club founder and MP Tommy Sheppard currently considered the favourite.

Elsewhere, Livingston MP Hannah Bardell has said she is considering standing, as has long-serving MP Pete Wishart.

The Times understands Dr Whitford has been contacted by a number of members who have encouraged the MP to stand.

While the Irvine-based MP is said to be flattered by the encouragement she has not yet made any decision on entering the race.

The party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has ruled himself out of the SNP deputy leadership race – insisting it is “too much to ask” alongside his other commitments.

The party’s Westminster leader had been tipped as the favourite following the resignation of Angus Robertson, who also led the SNP in the Commons.