Mhairi Black

Mhairi Black (/ˈmæri/;[i] born 12 September 1994) is a Scottish politician. As a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP), she has been a Member of Parliament (MP) for Paisley and Renfrewshire South since 2015, when she defeated Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander.[1] She was re-elected in 2017 and again in 2019.[2][3]

Mhairi Black

Mhairi Black in 2019
SNP Spokesperson for Scotland
Assumed office
7 January 2020
LeaderIan Blackford
Preceded byTommy Sheppard
Member of Parliament
for Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byDouglas Alexander
Majority10,679 (24.8%)
Personal details
Born (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 27)
Paisley, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
Websitemhairiblack.scot

When elected in May 2015, she was 20 years and 237 days old, making her the youngest ever MP elected to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom since the Reform Act of 1832, the previous record having been held by William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, who was 20 years and 11 months old when elected in 1832.[4]

Black was the Baby of the House as the youngest member of the House[5] from 2015 to 2019 when Labour MP Nadia Whittome, who was aged 23 at the time of her election to the House of Commons, was elected at the 2019 election; she remains the SNP’s youngest MP.