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UK Elections: 20-year-old is now an MP in Scotland

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While many 20-year-olds are presumably taking selfies and partying, a university politics student representing the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) has become the youngest MP in more than 300 years in the United Kingdom.

Miss Mhairi Black defeated Labour Party's shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander in one of the biggest upsets of the 2015 general election by more than 6,000 votes.

She now represents Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency.

Mr Alexander was one of Labour Party's most senior figures and was also the party's UK campaign co-ordinator.

The student from University of Glasgow's landmark win cements SNP's overwhelming victory in Scotland.

They won 56 out of 59 seats.

Gracious victory speech

At her victory speech, Miss Black said: "The fact is that people have woken up to the fact that Westminster has not been serving them and the Labour party has not been serving them."

She also made sure to praise her predecessor:

"While I appreciate that this is a blow from Douglas Alexander, I truly hope he will remain to see his future in politics once he has recovered from this result."

Miss Black also added: "Whether you voted for the SNP or not, and whatever your views are on Scotland's future, I will seek to represent you and everyone in this constituency to the very best of my ability.

"This election is about making the voice of this constituency and the whole of Scotland heard more effectively at Westminster than ever before."

It was not always a smooth-sailing campaign for her.

Some residents resurrected old tweets from her account that expressed her hatred for Celtic football club, which is based in Glasgow.

Such comments would have alienated a large segment of the electorate.

But she clarified then that she was responding to vandalism that Celtic fans were responsible for.

University dissertation is next on to-do list

So what next for the newly-minted MP?

"Sleep" and "Breakfast", she said. 

After that, just like any other student, she has to complete her dissertation, which is due at the end of the month.

Meanwhile, in a shocking result which defied earlier predictions, it appears that current Prime Minister David Cameron from the Conservative party will keep his job.

BBC has also forecast that the Conservatives are likely to win the majority in the House of Commons.

Source: The Guardian, Telegraph 


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