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Mhairi Black

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Mhairi Black was the Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate in Paisley and Renfrewshire South in the UK Parliament elections. They were elected with 21,637 votes. Our volunteers have been adding information on Mhairi Black - here's everything we know so far!

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Mhairi Black was the Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate. Find out more about their policies in the Scottish National Party (SNP) manifesto.

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Mhairi was elected as the Member of Parliament for Paisley & Renfrewshire South in May 2015, when she beat the Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander.

Mhairi is the current Baby of the House as the youngest member in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. When elected in May 2015, she was 20 years and 237 days old, making her the youngest MP elected to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom since at least the Reform Act of 1832, replacing James Dickson who was 21 years and 67 days old when elected in 1880.

At the time of her election, she had not yet completed her undergraduate degree, with a final exam on Scottish politics still to be undertaken. She successfully graduated with a first class honours degree in Politics and Public Policy from the University of Glasgow.

Mhairi made her maiden speech on 14 July 2015 and this included some criticism of the government’s approach to unemployment in her constituency and the growing need for food banks. She said, “Food banks are not part of the welfare state. They are a symbol that the welfare state is failing.” Black also criticised the government over cuts to housing benefit. Her speech was praised by SNP Parliamentary Group Leader, Angus Robertson, who described it as outstanding, principled and passionate. Within five days of her giving this speech, it had been viewed over 10 million times on various media.

Mhairi is a longstanding critic of Westminster. Two months after her election, she commented that the practice of making MPs vote in person, instead of electronically, was “outdated and wasted time”. In an 2016 interview with Owen Jones, Black labelled Westminster as an “old boy’s club” and “so excluded from reality”, while expressing concern about the arrogance and sexism from other MPs.

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Mhairi Black is a Scottish politician. Black is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP). She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Paisley and Renfrewshire South since 2015, when she defeated Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander. She was re-elected in 2017 and again in 2019.

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Biographical summary

Born: 1994-09-12, Paisley, Scotland
School: Lourdes Secondary School
Undergraduate degree: Politics and Public Policy, University of Glasgow
Previous job: Student

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Local hustings

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(Past event) Wednesday 4 December 2019 10:00–11:00: Renfrewshire Hustings, The Charleston Centre Paisley PA2 6LY.

(Past event) Tuesday 26 November 2019 19:00–21:00: Paisley FM Election 2019 Hustings Special, The Bungalow Paisley PA1 1YD.

Previous elections

This candidate has previously stood for election in:

  • 2019: The UK Parliament elections, as the Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate for the Paisley and Renfrewshire South
  • 2017: The 2017 General Election, as the Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate for the Paisley and Renfrewshire South
  • 2015: The 2015 General Election, as the Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate for the Paisley and Renfrewshire South

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