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Mhairi Black
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Official portrait, 2019
SNP Spokesperson for Scotland
Assumed office
7 January 2020
Leader Ian Blackford
Preceded by Tommy Sheppard
Member of Parliament
for Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded by Douglas Alexander
Majority 10,679 (24.8%)
Personal details
Born (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 29)
Paisley, Scotland
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Katie (m. 2022)
Alma mater University of Glasgow

Mhairi Black (/ˈmæri/; born 12 September 1994) is a Scottish politician. 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. She was re-elected in 2017 and again in 2019.

When elected in May 2015, she was 20 years and 237 days old, making her the youngest 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.

Black was the Baby of the House as the youngest member of the House 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; Black remains the SNP's youngest MP.

Early life

Born in Paisley in 1994, Black was educated at Lourdes Secondary School, Glasgow, and the University of Glasgow, where she was awarded a first-class honours degree in Politics and Public Policy in June 2015. At the date of her election in 2015, she had not completed her undergraduate degree, with a final exam on Scottish politics still to be undertaken.

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