SHE is the UK's Youngest Member of Parliament

Y'ALL. This girl ain't waisting NO time.

She was still in college when elected into the UK parliament at the age of TWENTY & still had one final to take in her goverment class (let that sink in) before she could assume her position representing the people of Paisley & Renfrewshire South.


"In July 2015, Mhairi Black, gave her first speech in front of the House of Commons after being elected to parliament after defeating her opponent in the May elections. She began the speech thanking her predecessor for serving her constituents for a long time, mentioning that she 'was only three when he was elected.'

Her primary platform while campaigning was improving the lives of those who are struggling financially and actively shaking up the establishment, which she feels is out of touch. While campaigning, Mhairi proclaimed that the people of her district 'need a real voice who will put this constituency first and not their political career.'

During her passionate maiden speech to the House of Commons, this Black highlighted stories she’d been told by those struggling to find work and housing in her district. While speaking inside the chamber, she asked for the voiceless to be heard and pleaded for those in various parties to come together and do what is best for society. After all, that’s why they were elected in the first place.

Perhaps one shining moment from the speech is her anecdote on what she believes is her role in politics:

'Tony Benn once said that in politics there are weathercocks and sign posts. Weathercocks will spin in whatever direction the wind of public opinion may blow them, no matter what principal they may have to compromise. And then there are signposts, signposts which stand true, and tall, and principled. And they point in the direction and they say this is the way to a better society and it is my job to convince you why. Tony Benn was right when he said the only people worth remembering in politics were signposts.'

Mhairi encourages us all to be 'signposts.' Whether we work in politics or strive to make the world a better place outside of the system, her speech reminds us to be ourselves, even when our thoughts and opinions aren’t popular to those around us. When the wind of public opinion blows, we must stand for what we believe is right without reservation. She closed her speech by challenging all of us to look out for those in need around us, saying, 'Ultimately people are needing a voice, people are needing help; let’s give them it.'"

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Source: Amy's Poehler's Smart Girls

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