VIDEO: UK’s youngest MP delivers memorable opening speech

The Scottish National Party’s Mhairi Black is the Baby of the House in the UK parliament and at 20 years of age is the youngest MP in the House of Commons since 1832.

VIDEO: UK’s youngest MP delivers memorable opening speech

Black, the Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, was offered the chance to make her opening address to the House yesterday and did she ever take it.

Invoking tales of William Wallace, the young MP used her time to appeal to Labour to join with the SNP to become an "effective" opposition against the ruling Conservative Party. Black also took UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne to task on social housing.

Of course the SNP politicians can't help but draw the ire of the Speaker, yet again breaking House tradition by clapping at the end of her epic speech (even if it did deserve it).

The speech has won widespread acclaim and something tells us we may be hearing the name Mhairi Black for a long time to come.


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