20 Year Old Student Wins Parliamentary Election In UK, Becomes Youngest MP Since 1667

A 20 year old student, Mhairi Black, has won the parliamentary seat to represent Paisley and Renfrewshire South in the just concluded UK general elections.

She defeated the Labour Party candidate Douglas Alexander, with a 5,684 votes in one of the biggest coups by the Scottish nationalists.

Her victory as the SNP candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire South puts her as the youngest MP in Parliament and the youngest since the 19th century.

“This is a real chance,” she said. “Things like this don’t come along very often,” Ms Black had said in April when speaking about her chances of clinching the seat.

She will go to London to be enrolled in her first graduate job – member of Parliament – and a couple of weeks later return to take her final Glasgow University exam, on Scottish politics.


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