Mhairi Black’s Maiden Speech

This was Mhairi Black’s maiden speech as MP for Paisley.

Democracy is ours. That could have been Douglas Alexander. The Conservatives are supposed to have a slim and fragile majority, instead they have 532 seats of guaranteed compliance with no opposition. That is an MP representing her constituency. That speech is what happens when you ditch the Labour Party.

That is how parliament works, every constituency is supposed to send someone to represent them. Noone says it has to be Labour, or even an established political party. That media culture are in crisis and Labour are imploding, that is an opportunity with an election in five years. With the advantage of geography, time, and a media culture in crisis.

Our democratic institutions are ours, they can’t be taken permanently, even if a rotten media culture encases the front benches at the moment.

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