In his first speech to the House of Commons, Keir Mather, the UK’s youngest Member of Parliament (MP) at the age of 25, spoke out against divisive politics that attempt to create divisions between different generations. Mather, who was elected as the MP for Selby and Ainsty in July, expressed his gratitude to the constituents who had placed their trust in him to represent their interests.
During his speech, Mather emphasized his belief that Britain has a responsibility to become a leader once more. He highlighted his status as the “baby of the House” due to his age and noted that he was born in 1998, a year after the last Labour government came to power.
Mather also emphasized the importance of working together to address the challenges facing the country, emphasizing that young people should not face these challenges alone. He spoke about the need to bridge generational divides and shared his ambition to be a representative for young people who want to make a positive difference.
Additionally, Mather mentioned that he had grown up in a world marked by technological revolution, the climate crisis, and global conflicts. He stressed that Britain has a duty to become a leader again in the face of these challenges and global upheaval.
Mather’s speech was delivered in the presence of fellow Labour MPs who were recently elected, including Michael Shanks, the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West. Mather emphasized the importance of collective action in realizing the shared ambitions of communities and the country.