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Mhairi Black Says She 'Hates' Westminster And Isn't Sure If She'll Stand For Re-Election

She admitted she 'didn't know' if she will stand for re-election in 2020.

12/03/2017 16:29

SNP MP Mhairi Black has said she “hates” Westminster and might quit at the next general election.

Black, who is the youngest MP in the country, admitted she “didn’t know” if she would stand for re-election.

The 22-year-old - who was elected in 2015 - told the Sunday Post: “It has been nearly two years and I still hate the place.

“It is depressing.

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SNP MP Mhairi Black said she hates Westminster

“It is the personal elements – it is a pain to come up and down every week and you are working with a number of people you find quite troubling.”

Black described her frustration with the parliamentary system and said: “Professionally, it is more just that so little gets done.

“It is so old and defunct in terms of its systems and procedures – a lot of the time, it is just a waste of time.”

Black did, however, reveal that she has made some unlikely friends in Westminster - even jokingly referring to Tory Jacob Ree-Mogg as her “boyfriend”.

Black appeared to let her frustration at a Tory minister show when the pair clashed in a debate on housing benefit earlier this week.

She was caught on camera mouthing what looked like “you talk shite, hen” in a heated clash with Caroline Nokes over the proposed withdrawal of allowances for 18 to 21-year-olds.

Since defeating then Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander at the last election, Black has earned a reputation as an outspoken parliamentarian and strong campaigner.

One of her key successes has been to raise the profile of the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign, formed in protest at the decision by the Government to speed up the rise of the age women can claim their pension from 60 to 65.

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