London: A 20-year-old student representing the Scottish National Party has become Britain's youngest member of parliament in over 300 years after defeating Labour's shadow foreign secretary.
Mhairi Black secured defeated Douglas Alexander, 47, in aisley and Renfrewshire South by over 6,000 votes. Alexander is Labour's foreign affairs spokesman and campaign chief.
Mhairi Black (R), Britain's youngest member of parliament since 1667, poses for a photograph with newly elected Scottish National Party (SNP) member of parliament Gavin Newlands (L). Pic/AFP
The humiliating defeat ends the political career of one of Labour's most senior figures and sums up Labour's dismal
performance and an SNP sweep in Scotland.
The SNP bagged 56 of the 59 Scottish seats, the party's biggest election win in history. Black will be the youngest MP when she takes her seat in the House of Commons later this month after 13-year-old Christopher Monckton who won in 1667.
However, she still does need to complete her final year politics exams at Glasgow University. "The people of Scotland are speaking and it's time for their voice to be heard at Westminster," Black said after her shock victory. She won cheers from supporters when she pledged the SNP would fight to put an end to austerity cuts that are hurting
communities "both north and south of the border".
She managed to turn a 16,614 Labour majority into a 5,684-vote victory thanks to a swing in the vote towards the
SNP of 26.9 per cent.
Speaking immediately after the result was declared, Alexander said: "This of course has been a very difficult night for Labour. Scotland has chosen to oppose this Conservative government, but not place that trust in the Labour party. It will be our responsibility to re-win that trust in the months and years ahead."