Parliament’s youngest MP joins Work and Pensions committee

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The youngest MP elected for more than 300 years is to join Parliament’s Work and Pensions select committee.

Mhairi Black, aged 20, was elected in Paisley and South Renfrewshire in May, defeating Labour campaign chief Douglas Alexander.

Black joins the committee as the Scottish National Party’s sole representative.

She will sit alongside six Conservative MPs, and five Labour MPs on a committee chaired by Labour’s Frank Field.

Black is also working with SNP pensions spokesman Ian Blackford to develop the party’s pension policy.

Fellow SNP representative George Kerevan will take the party’s sole seat on the Treasury Select Committee, chaired by Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie.

Alongside five Conservatives, Kerevan will be joined on the committee by firebrand Labour MP John Mann.

Mann sat on the committee through all of the last Parliament, becoming a vocal critic of HSBC during allegations of tax evasion at the firm’s Swiss private bank, prompting one Conservative fellow committee member to warn against a “witch-hunt”.

Mann was selected by the Labour party yesterday alongside former Redbridge councillor and Stonewall head of Education Wes Streeting.

The pair are joined by Helen Goodman and Bill Esterson.

The quartet replace the retired Andy Love, Rushanara Ali, Teresa Pearce and Mike Kane.

Labour has also selected Debbie Abrahams, Karen Buck and Emma Lewell-Buck to sit on the Work and Pensions committee.