Redmond was born in Scawsby, near Doncaster of Irish descent, educated at Woodlands Roman Catholic School and then by day release at the University of Sheffield. He worked as a driver of heavy goods vehicles, and was elected to Doncaster Borough Council in 1975. He became leader of the council in 1982, and was elected at the 1983 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Don Valley, sponsored by the National Union of Mineworkers. He made his maiden speech in the House of Commons in a debate on housing on 5 July 1983, and spoke frequently in the Commons on the miners strike.
He was re-elected in 1987 and 1992, but died in office in January 1997 from undisclosed causes. No by-election was held, and his seat remained vacant when Parliament was dissolved in April for the general election in May 1997.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Times Guide to the House of Commons 1992. London: Times Books. 1992. p. 95. ISBN 0-7230-0497-8.
- The London Gazette: . 21 June 1983. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- "Doubts on extended right to buy". The Times. 6 July 1983. p. 4.
- The London Gazette: . 23 June 1987. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- The London Gazette: . 24 April 1992. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons 1997. London: Times Books. 1997. p. 278. ISBN 0-7230-0956-2.
- Redmond's maiden speech in the House of Commons: http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1983/jul/05/housing-and-building-control-bill#S6CV0045P0_19830705_HOC_265
|chapter-url=missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 5 July 1983. col. 176–178.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Martin Redmond
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