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Mhairi Black in the house


Mhairi Black first hit the headlines following the 2015 General Election when she unseated the incumbent MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander in spectacular fashion, becoming Westminster’s youngest MP since the reign of Charles II. Her fame was further enhanced by a truly astonishing maiden speech – “in the office it’s known as ‘that bloody speech’,” she laughs – that saw her trend worldwide (number two in Nigeria) and has been watched on YouTube 12 million times and counting.

But these are not the only reasons the Scottish Nationalist stands out.

Over the years, I have met and interviewed dozens of politicians from all sides of the house and, while many do excellent work, there is often something unworldly about their interviews.

This is, I suspect, the result of striking a balance between expressing their own views while, at the same time, ensuring that they don’t move too far away from the party line.

Meeting Mhairi Black at parliament’s hub Portcullis House, a stone’s throw from the Palace of Westminster, was like meeting an old friend for a coffee. Honest, straight-talking and easy-going, whatever your political affiliations or your views on Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom, it’s easy to see how she was able to overturn her Labour opponent’s majority of 16,000.

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As the UK prepares to go the polls in June, our timely front cover is Mhairi Black. The 22-year-old SNP MP has won legions of fans from across the political spectrum since being elected in 2015 thanks to her principled stance on issues affecting the most vulnerable in our communities. In an exclusive interview with publisher Linda Riley, Black talks about her biggest challenges in parliament so far, and why she doesn’t want to be Nicola Sturgeon. Also in this issue… Rose and Rosie: Exposed Sleeping with the enemy: Can a relationship survive political differences? Denise Welch: “We need to come out about depression” Game Of Thrones star Ellie Kendrick talks to Roxy Bourdillon about her new film A woman’s place is in the House: Carrie Lyell on women in parliament and the progress over the last 100 years Why are so many straight authors writing about same-sex love? Church for atheists: Vicky Beeching experiences a “godless church” for the first time “It’s not just banter”: Tackling homophobia in football Our family and autism PLUS: Travel, art, community and more!