UK election 20-year-old student becomes UK's youngest MP since 1667

Politics student rides SNP surge to defeat shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander to become youngest MP since 17th century.

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The odds were heavily stacked against the SNP’s Mhairi Black winning the Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat to become Westminster’s youngest MP for centuries.

She was up against one of the best-known Labour MPs left in Scotland, Douglas Alexander, who was defending a majority of more than 16,000.

He was not only shadow foreign secretary but had lots of election experience in abundance, enough to secure him the job of Labour’s UK campaign coordinator.

In 1667, after being "returned as knight of the shire," Christopher Monck took his place in Parliament when he was just 13.

Sure, there have been other young parliamentarians, but none as young as Black -- in the last 350 years.

Most recently, former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy was elected into Westminster at the tender age of 23. But he was three years older than Black is now.

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