Nadia Whittome

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Nadia Whittome

Member of Parliament
for Nottingham East
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byChris Leslie
Majority17,393 (43.4%)
Personal details
BornNottingham, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour

Nadia Edith Whittome[1] (born 1996) is a British Labour Party politician. She was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Nottingham East constituency in the 2019 general election. At the age of 23, she was the youngest MP elected in the general election and therefore became the Baby of the House.

Early life[edit]

Whittome was born in Nottingham, England into a working-class family.[2] She grew up in The Meadows, Nottingham in a single-parent household,[3][4] and attended West Bridgford School, a local comprehensive.[5] She commented that she first got involved in politics in 2013 due to the effects of the bedroom tax and austerity on her local community.[3][6]

Whittome worked as a parliamentary intern in the office of Pat Glass, Shadow Minister of State for Europe, during the 2016 European Union referendum campaign.[7] She studied law at Nottingham University after attending an access course at Nottingham College.[8] While studying there, she contested the 2017 Nottinghamshire County Council election as the Labour Party candidate for the West Bridgford West ward, where she finished second to the Conservative candidate with 1,393 votes.[1][5] Whittome then worked as a hate crime project worker at Communities Inc.[9]

Prior to her election, she was a national committee member of pro-Remain left-wing organisations Another Europe is Possible, and Labour for a Socialist Europe.[10][11][12]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Whittome was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Nottingham East on 28 October 2019.[8] She was elected as MP for the constituency in the December general election with a majority of 17,393 (43.4%).[13] At the age of 23, she was the youngest MP elected in the general election, and therefore gained the unofficial title of Baby of the House.[3][14] The seat has been held by the Labour Party since the 1992 general election, and had previously been represented by Chris Leslie who himself is a former Baby of the House.[4][15][a] Whittome is of Punjabi descent, and was also the first BAME MP elected in Nottingham.[16]

Shortly after her election, she announced that she would only be keeping the equivalent of "an average worker's wage", as determined by the Office for National Statistics, of £35,000, and would donate the remainder of her £79,468 salary as an MP to local charities.[3][4] Whittome initially supported Clive Lewis in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election but nominated Emily Thornberry after Lewis withdrew his candidacy.[17][18][19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Leslie won the seat in the 2017 general election as a Labour candidate before leaving the party in February 2019 to join Change UK.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "West Bridgford West". Nottingham County Council. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  2. ^ Lowe, Yohannes (14 December 2019). "Youngest MP elected in 2019 intake vows to give half her salary to local charities". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.(subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c d "Nadia Whittome: Youngest MP had been looking for temp work". BBC News. 16 December 2019. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Reid, Ben (13 December 2019). "Country's youngest MP donating a huge chunk of her salary to charity". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 14 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Labour selects all-women candidates for Bridgford" (PDF). West Bridgford Local News. January 2017. p. 11. Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  6. ^ Smoke, Ben (9 December 2019). "Nadia Whittome: Labour's bright young hope for Britain Knock Knock: An Election Special". Huck. Archived from the original on 11 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  7. ^ Thompson, Jackie (4 July 2017). "Nadia Whittome, first year law student talks about her interest in politics and experience to date!". University of Nottingham. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  8. ^ a b Locker, Joseph (28 October 2019). "Former Meadows care worker selected as Labour candidate for Nottingham East". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 15 November 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  9. ^ Bond, Daniel (16 December 2019). "Class of 2019: Meet the new MPs". Politics Home. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  10. ^ Ismail, Sacha (30 October 2019). "Left win in Nottingham East". Workers' Liberty. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  11. ^ "National Committee". Another Europe is Possible. 5 February 2019. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  12. ^ "What we fight for". Labour for a Socialist Europe. Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Nottingham East". BBC News. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Youngest Members of Parliament since 1979". parliament.uk. 17 December 2019. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  15. ^ a b Eaton, George (20 February 2019). "Chris Leslie interview: Labour have 'massively underestimated' a new centrist party". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 10 November 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  16. ^ Canton, Naomi (14 December 2019). "15 Indian-origin MPs in new UK Parliament". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Rolling list: MP/MEP nominations for Labour leadership candidates". LabourList. 8 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  18. ^ @NadiaWhittomeMP (13 January 2020). "I'm on my way to Westminster to lend my nomination to @EmilyThornberry to get her over the line" (Tweet). Retrieved 13 January 2020 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Rodgers, Sienna (13 January 2020). "Lewis pulls out of leadership race to allow recasting of nominations". LabourList. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Chris Leslie
Member of Parliament
for Nottingham East

2019–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Mhairi Black
Baby of the House
2019–present
Incumbent