TROUBLE IN PARADISE

‘I’m never going to be told how to dress – especially by a man!’ SNP rising star Mhairi Black reveals excruciating moment Alex Salmond told her to get a makeover

  • Black revealed the awkward encounter with Salmond in a magazine interview
  • She said it happened shortly after she became the youngest MP in centuries 
  • Salmond claimed to have had the same conversation with Nicola Sturgeon  

SNP rising star Mhairi Black today revealed the excruciating moment that Alex Salmond told her to get a makeover.

Ms Black said the awkward moment came shortly after she became the youngest MP in centuries at the 2015 General Election.

Mr Salmond apparently told the then 20-year-old he had previously had the same conversation with Nicola Sturgeon before her meteoric rise through the ranks to succeed him as SNP leader and First Minister.

SNP rising star Mhairi Black has revealed the excruciating moment that Alex Salmond tried to give her fashion advice

SNP rising star Mhairi Black has revealed the excruciating moment that Alex Salmond tried to give her fashion advice

Ms Black said the awkward moment with Mr Salmond came shortly after she became the youngest MP in centuries at the 2015 General Election

Ms Black said the awkward moment with Mr Salmond came shortly after she became the youngest MP in centuries at the 2015 General Election

Ms Black – who is the SNP’s work and pensions spokeswoman in Westminster – revealed the encounter to Holyrood magazine.

She said: ‘It was fine, really, he was just giving me tips here and there and then he says, ”I’m sure Taz will take you out to go shopping or something at some point and you’ll find your own style”.

‘He then said that the last time he’d had this conversation it was with a young woman called Nicola Sturgeon.

‘I thought, ”oh, very good” and I just left the awkward silence hanging when he asked me if I wanted him to arrange it with Taz.

‘I’m like, ”I am never going to be told how to dress, especially by a man”.’

Ms Black also revealed she has not had what the magazine described as a real one-on-one conversation with Ms Sturgeon, the current SNP leader and First Minister, and she called for the party to do more to support newly-elected politicians.

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