Candidate in the running to become nation’s youngest MP

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A political candidate could become the youngest MP in the country if she is elected to a Sheffield seat next year.

Louise Haigh, the Labour candidate aiming to replace Meg Munn in Heeley when she stands down, will be 27 when voters go to the polls at the general election next May.

She will become the nation’s youngest MP unless fellow party candidate Vicky Fowler, aged 23, triumphs in Nuneaton.

The current ‘baby of the House’ title goes to Pam Nash, who was elected at the age of 25 in 2010 to represent a Scottish constituency.

Former Sheffield High School pupil Miss Haigh, who grew up in Abbeydale Road and now lives in Woodseats, said: “It is a mixed blessing, I think.

“People have reacted to it very differently, some question whether I have got the life experience to be able to do the job but having worked in so many different areas including the trade union movement, public, private and voluntary sectors I think I bring a very broad range of experience.”