London (Parliament Politics Magazine) – Mhairi Black is a prominent politician and a member of the Scottish National Party. She is currently serving as the deputy leader in the House of Commons for the last few months. Apart from that she is a Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South. After defeating Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander she has maintained a position here. However, she was re-elected in 2017 and 2019 again.
When she got elected for this position she was only 20 years old. Since then she has become the youngest MP to get a position in the House of Commons. The previous record is held by William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam. If you are interested to know more about Mhairi Black, let’s find out more:
Bio & Early Life
Mhairi Black was born on 12th September 1994. She completed her education at Lourdes Secondary School, Glasgow, and the University of Glasgow. Being a bright student she was given the award of a first-class honors degree. As she had an interest in Politics and Public policy her studies helped her gain a lot of new insight. She has not yet given her final exam in Scottish politics and remains to be an undergraduate. Before entering into politics Mhairi worked at a fish and chip shop to earn some money. Mhairi is 28 years old currently.
Mhairi became a Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South. In 2015 she was an undergraduate student at the University of Glasgow. After defeating Douglas Alexander, she became a Labour MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary. Moreover, her unexpected popularity helped her get re-elected many times. Although everyone knew she is the youngest MP that didn’t stop her from showing her skills. Due to some changes in the political system, the age of candidacy starts from 18 years. This is why she could easily get a position under this provision.
In July 2015, Mhairi got appointed to the Work and Pensions Select Committee. She made an inspiring speech but got a lot of criticism from the Government’s approach. However, she firmly believed that Food banks are not part of the welfare state. They are a symbol of the welfare state that is failing to achieve something bigger. People supported her idea and speech as her video got over 10 million views very quickly. She also made changes in the state pension with various constituents. Since then she is endorsing Women against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) on various platforms.
Mhairi describes herself as a traditional socialist. She is heavily inspired by Tony Benn and considers him her political hero. Her other political inspirations include Keir Hardie and Margo MacDonald. Moreover, she is a critic of Universal credit released by the Conservative Government. The delay in payments has been a problem and was bringing negative side effects. This is why she remained critical of how payments should be given on time. All the loans must be paid back without irritating the loan sharks.
In one of her statements, she revealed that: Government is a “pious loan shark – except that instead of coming through your front door they are coming after your mental health, your physical well-being, your stability, your sense of security – that is what the experience is for all of our constituents”.
Personal Life & Activities
Mhairi has kept a certain level of political thought and sentiment that she doesn’t want to change. She openly supported same-sex marriage much before the referendum in Ireland. Moreover, she is herself a lesbian and doesn’t shy away from saying it openly. Mhairi Black got married to her female partner Katie at a private ceremony in Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Glasgow.
Even though she is a catholic, black doesn’t believe she is religious. Many people already know that she is a supporter and season-ticket holder of Patrick Thistle F.C. In her free time she likes to play guitar and piano. While she revealed it in an interview for Channel 4 News. During this interview, she played the theme music for Titanic.
Mhairi Black is one of the youngest politicians from Scotland. Her estimated net worth is $1 to $5 million. She likes to lead a luxurious life and is a member of the Scottish National Party. Even though she is criticized for some of her political beliefs, she continues to stay firm. Black got the chance to stand in the 2019 General elections as the SNP candidate. This increased her popularity and helped her get 10,679 votes.