UK Polls: Student, 20, Becomes Britain's Youngest Lawmaker

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…Mhairi Black, 20, made history on Friday by becoming the youngest lawmaker in UK history since 1667.

 

The newly-elected lawmaker from Scotland, will soon be heading down from her constituency of Paisley and Renfrewshire South to Westminster.

Black, who is a student and a member of the Scottish Nationalist Party (the SNP), went up against Douglas Alexander, a long-time Labour Party heavy-hitter.

He is a former Cabinet minister and such a shrewd veteran of political campaigns that he was Labour’s campaign chief.

However, Black’s 23,548 votes outstripped her opponent — Alexander ended the night with 17,864 votes — overturning the veteran’s huge majority from the 2010 general election. Alexander has represented the area since 1997, and today marks the first time for 70 years that the constituency has not been a Labour seat.

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