Britain’s youngest MP Mhairi Black 'hates' Parliament and says she might stand down at the next election

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Mhairi Black was 20 when she was elected as MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South - © Lesley Martin 2015

Britain’s youngest MP for 350 years “hates” Parliament and might stand down at the next election because too often politics is “just a waste of time”.

The SNP’s Mhairi Black, 22, said Westminster was a “depressing” place where she has to work with “people you find quite troubling”.

Ms Black, who was 20 when she was elected as MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, was hailed as a breath of fresh air who could relate to a different generation when she entered the Commons in 2105.

But she has become so disillusioned since then that she now says she does not know whether she will stand again in 2020 when the next General Election is due.

She told the Sunday Post: “I think you should only stand in politics if you think there is a need for you to be in it.

“It has been nearly two years and I still hate the place [Parliament]. It is depressing.

It is so old and defunct in terms of its systems and procedures – a lot of the time, it is just a waste of time

Mhairi Black

"It is the personal elements – it is a pain to come up and down every week and you are working with a number of people you find quite troubling.

“Professionally, it is more just that so little gets done. It is so old and defunct in terms of its systems and procedures – a lot of the time, it is just a waste of time.”

Last week Ms Black was in the news when seemed to say “you talk *****, hen” as Tory minister Caroline Nokes was debating housing benefit cuts in the Commons.

She said she was “sick” of people mentioning her youth, and: “Trying to tailor politics to be ‘young, hip and cool’ is exactly the kind of patronising guff that puts off young folk. If you want to talk to young folk about politics then just talk politics. They will listen.”

Mhairi Black joked that Jacob Rees-Mogg was her 'boyfriend'Credit: Clara Molden for The Telegraph

She has, however, made friends in Westminster, including a number of Conservatives. She joked that Eton-educated Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg was “her boyfriend”.

“I get on quite well with a lot of the Labour old guard and quite a few Tories actually,” she said. “There is my boyfriend – Jacob Rees-Mogg. He’s my favourite.

"It’s the kind of place where, if you are reasonable with folk then they will soften a little.”

Before Ms Black was elected, Parliament’s youngest MP was Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, who was 13 when he entered the Commons in 1667.

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