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Wells Street Journal: Teaching a young dog old tricks

Since routing the Labour party north of the border, the Scottish National Party has fully enjoyed its role as the House of Commons’ new enfant terrible.

It must have been with an eye on its rabble rousing reputation that the party appointed Parliament’s youngest MP to debate its pensions policy.

Mhairi Black was elected in May aged 20 at the expense of Labour campaign leader Douglas Alexander in Paisley and Renfrewshire South. She arrived not just as the baby of the house, but also the youngest MP since the second duke of Albermarle Christopher Monck was elected at the age of 13 in 1667.

She will partner with Ian Blackford, vanquisher of the late Charles Kennedy in Ross, Skye and Lochaber, to develop the SNP’s pensions policy.

Both were in attendance as Scottish Widows launched its retirement report last week.

While Blackford can boost a career that includes stints at Natwest and Deutsche Bank, Black’s CV is limited to a first class degree in politics, awarded a month after she was elected.

According to the DWP’s state pension calculator, Black can expect to reach retirement age on 12 September 2062. WSJ applauds a political party finally taking a long-term approach to pensions policy.



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