SNP’s Mhairi Black blasts Westminster as full of ‘a********’
SNP's Mhairi Black to quit at next general election
Mhairi Black slammed Westminster as being full of “a***holes” as she refused to rule out a Holyrood bid.
The SNP’s deputy Westminster leader, who was just 20 when she was elected as an MP in 2015 and was at that point the “Baby of the House”, announced last month she will stand down at the next general election.
Speaking at an In Conversation With… event at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ms Black said: “It’s a human decision rather than a political one.
“I want to enjoy my life when I realised that I’ve now spent a third of my life in Westminster, it’s just – it makes my stomach turn.”
When it was put to her that she was seen to “thrive” in the Commons, she said: “You’re only seeing a three-minute clip.
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“You don’t see the other 23 hours a week that I’ve had to spend surrounded by a********.”
Ms Black said her honeymoon was interrupted by Boris Johnson resigning and a second trip away as compensation was then disrupted as “the second day in there’s a tent put up outside Nicola Sturgeon’s home”.
The Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP also refused to rule out a tilt at Holyrood.
She said: “I’m not closing myself off to anything but once I stop at Westminster I think my initial plan is just to breathe for a moment and figure out what I want to do and see what opportunities lie in front of me. So we’ll see, we’ll see.”
Ms Black said her vote would be “up for grabs” if the SNP ever managed to break up the UK.
She said: “If anything the political party that’s got the most to lose from independence is the SNP because it’s arguably served its purpose.
“You’ve got folk like me openly saying, they want independence, my vote’s up for grabs.”
Asked if the SNP had been in power too long after 16 years, she said: “I’m going to say no, predictably.
“I totally appreciate the sort of sentiment with that. But I think, see ultimately, particularly in Scotland, what’s the other options?
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“Because I think that see if the SNP and the Greens come out of the Government at Holyrood, I think folk are going to get a real shock when all of a sudden tuition fees are coming back, your prescriptions not free, you’re getting charged for that spare bedroom that was getting mitigated for all those years without anybody talking about it.
“So I still think that the SNP, and certainly this coalition, is the best thing on offer in Scotland just now.
“And by no means is it perfect, and there’s always room for improvement, but when I really stop and think about what the alternatives are I do still think the SNP is offering the best hope for people just now, particularly those who are struggling the most.”
Ms Black added that she believed Scotland will become independent “one day” but admitted it could be a decade away.
She said: “Whether that happens in the next two years or the next 10 years, I don’t know, but I have no doubt that Scotland will one day be independent, no doubt about it at all.”
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