MHAIRI Black has held her Paisley & Renfrewshire South seat despite early anxieties in the SNP camp over a potential Labour surge.

Exit polling gave Black a 46 per cent chance of victory, instead favouring Labour’s candidate Alison Dowling.

However, the MP who became Westminster’s youngest in 2015 was returned with a reduced majority of 2541, with the margin closing by more than 3000 votes.

Black said she was glad to be returned for another five years, and dismissed stories that she had planned to stand down.

“It’s important to say that all of those stories were grossly over-exaggerated – when I signed up to be a representative for this area, I meant it,” she said.

“I’m glad to be re-elected to continue to batter into whoever is in government that austerity is not working it isn’t benefitting people’s lives whatsoever.

“The people it is benefitting are the ones you could argue need it least.”

She was also quick to say the SNP would still back a progressive alliance with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, a possibility at that time.

Black added: “I think it’s quite a simple question. Quite a lot of the Labour manifesto was almost exactly copied from the SNP’s.

The SNP came first with 16,964 votes, followed by Labour’s Alison Dowling on 14,423. Conservative Amy Thomson polled third with 8122, a significant rise on 2015.