Friday , 20 September 2019

Out MP awarded first-class honours degree

Mhairi Black
Mhairi Black

“Out” Scottish MP Mhairi Black has been awarded a first class honours degree in politics from Glasgow University.

Ms Black became the youngest MP to sit in the Commons for nearly 350 years when she won Paisley and Renfrewshire South at the general election – sensationally overturning the 16,614 majority for former Secretary of State for Scotland Douglas Alexander.

She sat her final examinations shortly after being elected, and will graduate today Friday.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Ms Black explained that it felt strange to return to University following her election as an MP, calling it a “quite bizarre” experience. “It was a brass neck walking into a room with people I’ve been studying with for years and they’re all pulling their hair out applying for a million and one jobs and I’m like, ‘Hi guys, how’s it going?’.”

A spokesman for the University of Glasgow said: “We would like to congratulate Mhairi Black, as we would all of our students who are graduating this summer.

“They have all worked extremely hard to earn their degrees and we wish them the very best for their future careers.”

Ms Black was recently named as one of seven “out” SNP MPs, ensuring that the UK broke its previous record for LGBTI parliamentary representation. Asked about her decision to “come out”, she stated that she “has never been in”.

About Andrew Page

Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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