At 24, the youngest MP of all

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Claire Ward has just won the Watford seat, and at 24 will be the youngest female MP in the new Parliament, although not the most inexperienced. She is already a councillor and Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood, in Hertfordshire, writes Fran Abrams.

Speaking on the Embankment at Westminster yesterday she said she expected the influx of new women to make a difference.

"I think men are going to find some of the women MPs looking for some real changes," she says. "We don't want to see a boys' club any more. I'm sure there will be a little resistance but I am sure there will be a forceful voice from women MPs. Women have a different perspective on politics. Quite often it is more about finding solutions than always battling."

Photograph: Brian Harris