UK Elections: 20-Year-Old Mhairi Black Emerged Britain’s Youngest Lawmaker Since 17th Century

A 20-year-old Mhairi Black has break record in the ongoing general elections in the UK as the youngest member of the parliament. She was elected as a lawmaker from Scotland; she will be representing her constituency of Paisley and Renfrewshire South to Westminster. But she has an immediate challenge ahead of her: getting her university degree.

She made history by becoming the youngest lawmaker in UK history since the 17th century.

She is a member of the Scottish Nationalist Party (the SNP), she went up to defeat Douglas Alexander, a long-time Labour Party heavy-hitter. He is a former Cabinet minister and such a shrewd veteran of political campaigns that he was Labour’s campaign chief.

She scored 23,548 votes to outstrip her opponent Alexander who scored 17,864 votes overturning the veteran’s huge majority from the 2010 general election. Alexander has represented the area since 1997, and today marks the first time for 70 years that the constituency has not been a Labour seat.


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