Youngest MP Mhairi Black might quit 'depressing' Westminster at next election

Written by Emilio Casalicchio on 13 March 2017 in Diary

'It’s been nearly two years and I still hate the place.'

Britain’s youngest MP has revealed she might not stand again at the next election because working in Westminster is "depressing" and "a waste of time".

SNP firebrand Mhairi Black said she "hates" working in Westminster and complained about travelling down from Scotland.

The Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP also hit out at the "troubling" people she was forced to work alongside in the Houses of Parliament.

The 22-year-old entered the Commons in 2015 after beating Labour’s Douglas Alexander at the age of 20.

Asked by the Sunday Post if she planned to stand at the next election, she said: “I don’t know.

“I think you should only stand in politics if you think there is a need for you to be in it. It’s been nearly two years and I still hate the place. It’s depressing.

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

“Professionally, it’s 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’s just a waste of time.”

Black, who is the youngest MP since 1667, also said she was “sick of folk” constantly mentioning her age.

“During the campaign, no one asked about my age, it was all in-depth political questions,” she explained.

“What I always say is that trying to tailor politics to be ‘young, hip and cool’ is exactly the kind of patronising guff that puts off young folk.

“If you want to talk to young folk about politics then just talk politics. They will listen.”

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