Meet the 'Baby of the House' MP who went to school in County Durham

New North West Cambridgeshire MP and "Baby of the House" Sam Carling
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The new 'Baby of the House of Commons' left school in County Durham just four years ago.

Sam Carling, 22, has become the new Labour MP for North West Cambridgeshire - and he was elected at the expense of a Conservative former minister who was almost three times his age. Sam, who went to Cambridge University where he remains an MPhil - Masters' - student., went to school in County Durham.

He started at sixth form at Barnard Castle School in 2018 - and left with five stellar A-Levels and an Extended Project Qualification. After being elected on Friday morning, he told the Cambridge News: "It's been a very long campaign and a very long night, but I'm extremely excited of course, very cognisant of the responsibility that people have put upon me, and very grateful.

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"I promise you I will work as hard as I can to repay that trust. What we've seen here tonight is nothing short of a political earthquake."

After his election, he also spoke to the BBC and referenced his upbringing. He said: "I saw a lot of things getting worse around me. I was concerned about shops closing on local high streets that used to be a thriving hub and are basically now a wasteland. And the sixth form closed, but I didn't make the connection to politics until later."

The new MP's social media profile appears to show how he previously attended the state-run Wolsingham School, while he has served in a number of roles within the Bishop Auckland Constituency Labour Party - including vice-chair.

He was elected as a Labour councillor in Cambridge in 2021, while an undergraduate. He has, during his postgraduate studies, supervised younger students in biology, while juggling a range of roles including as a trustee of the university itself.

His achievements at Barnard Castle School Sixth Form even, according to the school's website, saw him win an extremely prestigious award for his Extended Project Qualification - which focused on the emerging technology of "carbon dots" and its uses in medical treatment. He won the prestigious national Salter Nuffield A Level Award for his work.

As a local councillor, he had responsibility for the environment and city services in Cambridge, and campaigned to clean up the river Cam. This week, he became an MP after a recount - beating incumbent Mr Vara by just 39 votes. His new constituency features the city of Peterborough.