Mhairi Black

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Mhairi Black

Mhairi Black is the Scottish National Party MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South having won the seat in the May 2015 General Election. [1]

At just 20 years of age, Black challenged Labour candidate Douglas Alexander for the seat in Scotland, which had previously been a secure Labour seat for a number of years. Described as a 'rising star' she was said however, to have 'found herself at the epicentre of the hurricane which seems to have swept through Scotland since the independence referendum last September,' [2] with recent polls suggesting that Black could be set to overhaul Alexander who held a majority of 16,614 in the 2010 election.

Black is a student at the University of Glasgow and is set to take her final exams in politics after the election.[3] She is now also Britain's youngest MP since 1667.

The Guardian noted that Black 'was up against one of the best-known Labour MPs left in Scotland, Douglas Alexander, who was defending a majority of more than 16,000.' [4] Despite this, Black was able to win the seat in 2015 with 51 per cent of the vote share and a majority of 5,684. [5]


  1. Election 2015 BBC, accessed 7 May 2015
  2. SNP hopeful Mhairi Black: "People want a change." Daily Record, 5 May 2015, accessed 7 May 2015
  3. Head-butts, Nazis and 'sham' campaigns: The scandals linked to the SNP firebrands who could be MPs The Telegraph, 2 May 2015, accessed 7 May 2015
  4. Mhairi Black: the 20-year-old who beat a Labour heavyweight The Guardian, 8 May 2015, accessed 8 May 2015
  5. SNP's Mhairi Black becomes Britain's youngest MP since 1667 after defeating Douglas Alexander The Telegraph, 8 May 2015, accessed 8 May 2015