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Mhairi Black: Britain's youngest MP for 350 years

Auslan Cramb

Published 08/05/2015 | 12:36

SNP's Mhairi Black smiles after defeating Labour's Douglas Alexander for the Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat at the Lagoon Leisure centre, Paisley. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire
SNP's Mhairi Black smiles after defeating Labour's Douglas Alexander for the Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat at the Lagoon Leisure centre, Paisley. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire

A firebrand, and at times foul-mouthed, Mhairi Black has become Britain’s youngest ever MP as part of a block of nationalists intent on changing the face of English politics.

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A political tsunami has swept Labour from its Scottish heartlands, and Mhairi Black, 20, will be one of the most unlikely parliamentarians washed into Westminster.

She has taken the SNP’s biggest scalp north of the border by defeating Douglas Alexander, who has held the seat since 1997, in what should be one of Labour’s safest seats.

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Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency winner Mhairi Black of the SNP and Labour's Douglas Alexander at the Lagoon Leisure centre, Paisley. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire
Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency winner Mhairi Black of the SNP and Labour's Douglas Alexander at the Lagoon Leisure centre, Paisley. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire

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In the process, Miss Black, a politics student who sits her final exams at Glasgow University after the election, has become the youngest MP since 13-year-old Christopher Monck in 1667.

The shadow foreign secretary, Labour’s campaign mastermind, saw his 16,000 majority overturned in Paisley and Renfrewshire South by a rival who said in November, while discussing a second referendum, that she was “done dreaming”, adding: “I am ‘no’ waiting another generation.”

She also promised to “twist” Westminster’s arm to achieve that aim, despite repeated assurances from Nicola Sturgeon that the election is not about breaking-up Britain, and will not trigger another vote.

A keen Partick Thistle supporter, Miss Black made the elementary mistake after becoming a candidate of failing to delete colourful tweets, including one describing Smirnoff Ice as the “drink of gods”.

She also wrote: “I’ve only just realised - I really f***** hate Celtic” and “Celtic, yer a joke!#scum".

On another occasion she posted a boozy confession, saying: “Woke up beside half a can of Tennents and a full pizza and more money than I came out with. I call that a success!”

Last October, she said in a speech in Glasgow that she struggled not to “put the nut on” – head butt – Labour councillors who she said were goading Yes campaigners after the referendum.

Telegraph.co.uk

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