WATCH: SNP's Mhairi Black recounts shocking misogynistic abuse in powerful speech

Posted On: 
7th March 2018

SNP firebrand Mhairi Black has revealed some of the shocking misogynistic abuse she receives online in a powerful speech in parliament today.   

Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Mhairi Black is Parliament's youngest member at 23
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The 23-year old, who is the youngest MP, read out a series of vile messages sent to her via social media during a Westminster Hall debate on making misogyny a hate crime.

The Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP said she had regularly been told she was “so ugly” no one would want to rape her.  

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She also read out messages saying she “needs a kick in the c**t” and “you can’t put lipstick on a pig”.

Ms Black told MPs: “All of these insults have been tailored to me because I am a woman.”

Although she was uncomfortable reading the comments out, she added: “There are people who feel comfortable flinging these words around every day.

“When it goes unchallenged it becomes normalised - and when it becomes normalised it creates an environment that allows women to be abused, ranging from a whole spectrum.”

The debate came ahead of International Women's Day tomorrow, which came up during PMQs this afternoon.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Tomorrow is International Women's Day, a chance to celebrate how far we've come... but also reflect on how far we have to go."

But the Prime Minister shot back: "First of all can I thank the RHG for telling me it's International Women's Day tomorrow - I think that's what's called 'mansplaining'."