Statement to voters
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after her election, she commented that the practice of making MPs vote in person, instead of electronically, was “outdated and wasted time”.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.
This statement was added by Mhairi Black, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
Mhairi Black (; born 12 September 1994) is a Scottish politician. She has been the SNP Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South since 2015, when she defeated Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander. She was re-elected at the 2017 general election.Black 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 ever Member of Parliament (MP) elected to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom since at least the Reform Act of 1832, replacing William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam; who was 20 years and 11 months old when elected in 1832.Read more on Wikipedia
Record in office
See this candidate's record on TheyWorkForYou - their speeches, voting history and more.
Biographical summaryBorn: 1994-09-12, Paisley, Scotland
School: Lourdes Secondary School
Undergraduate degree: Politics and Public Policy, University of Glasgow
Previous job: Student
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 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 Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South
That's all we know! Will you help us find more about this candidate?
Our volunteers have been working hard to add information on as many candidates as possible, but they need help.
If you can add information that should be on this page - such as Mhairi Black's CV - please use our crowdsourcing website to add it.Add or edit details »
Democracy runs on good information
You can help make this website better for everyone.
This site is run by Democracy Club. It receives no government funding. Please chip in £3/month to help get everyone the information they need to take part.Support Democracy Club
All elections where you live
Enter your postcode to get information about elections, your candidates and where to vote.