IT’S been at the heart of British politics for centuries and the stomping ground for Churchill, Blair, and many more down the years. 

However, there’s been a new name on the lips of MPs in the House of Commons: a 14-year-old singing sensation who has topped the charts with her debut single. 

Mayah Herlihy’s country balled On My Way has proven a smash hit since being released last month, fighting off country royalty for the number one spot. 

It’s also delighted Glasgow East MP David Linden, who sent a letter to the teenager’s Mount Vernon grandparents after reading about her story in the Glasgow Times and playing her song in his parliamentary office. 

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“It’s crazy to think that it’s actually made it that far that it’s been played in the House of Commons,” Mayah, who captured the artwork for the tune’s cover on the steps of Mount Vernon Park, just yards from the Carrick Drive home of grandparents Ronnie and Josephine McKenna, said. “I would have never expected that. It’s done so well and still at number one and that’s because of all of the support.

Glasgow Times: Mayah on the steps at Mount Vernon Park Mayah on the steps at Mount Vernon Park

“A few MPs have also shared it and played it. I just never imagined that could happen.”

Written during lockdown, the song was inspired by the teenager’s experience of life in a pandemic and her hopes for the future. 

Mayah, who lives in Carfin, Motherwell, with mum Joanne, dad Martin, and siblings Brandon and Bonnie, admits she has been overwhelmed by her success.

“It’s been amazing and really overwhelming to think I have been given so much support,” the Brannock High pupil and Coatbridge’s Main St. Studios youngest ever artist said. “Everyone has actually enjoyed the song and still supporting it around three weeks.

“It wasn’t the first song I’d written but first one I’d put into a recording studio. It was actually the first time I’d been in a recording studio.” 

When asked what the highlight of her month had been, she said: “Getting a letter form Parliament is definitely a highlight. As was being on STV News. It’s just everything really.

"It’s all been so overwhelming."

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Mr Linden said: “I was actually catching up with the Glasgow Times in my office in Parliament when I read about Mayah’s story. 

Glasgow Times: David Linden praised the teen David Linden praised the teen

“It had been a pretty tough day at work so I stuck on Spotify to check out Mayah’s music. It was absolutely fantastic and what a lift it was during these grim times!” 

“I knew that Mayah’s grandparents lived in Mount Vernon in my constituency, so I thought I would drop them a wee note to say how much I enjoyed her music.  

"I’m absolutely certain that this won’t be the last we hear of Mayah who I’m sure will go on to have a successful career in music.”