Nadia Whittome Biography

Nadia Edith Whittome (born 29 August 1996) is a British politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nottingham East since the 2019 general election in the United Kingdom. She was elected as the youngest MP in the House as a member of the Labour Party at the age of 23. She is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, a parliamentary democratic socialist group of Labour MPs.

Early life 

Nadia Edith Whittome was born on 29 August 1996 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England to Indian parents. Her Punjabi Sikh father emigrated to the UK from Banga, India at the age of 21. He first worked in factories and as a miner before giving immigration advice and running a shop. Her mother is an Anglo-Indian Catholic solicitor and former member of the Labour Party, who left in protest at the amendment of Clause IV of the constitution in 1995. Whittome grew up in a single-parent household, with a brother. Whittome attended a private school in Nottingham, between the ages of 7 and 11 and later attended West Bridgford School, an academy school She also attended Bilborough Sixth Form College, sitting two A Levels. Whittome has lived in The Meadows, Top Valley, and West Bridgford areas of Nottinghamshire

Whittome says she became interested in politics in 2013 due to the effects of the “Bedroom tax” and austerity on her local community.  She worked in the constituency office of the Member of Parliament (MP) for North West Durham, Pat Glass, Shadow Minister of State for Europe, during the 2016 European Union referendum campaign. She completed an access course at Nottingham college, and law at Nottingham University.  She contested the 2017 Nottinghamshire County Council election as the Labour candidate for the West Bridgford West ward, coming second. 

After university, she was employed as a hate crime project worker and a carer. 

Prior to her election, she was a national committee member of the pro-Remain organisations Another Europe is Possible and Labour for a Socialist Europe.  Parliamentary career

On October 28, 2019, Whittome was chosen as the Labour candidate for Nottingham East. [12] She was elected MP for the constituency with a majority of 17,393 (43.4%) in the December general election.  As the youngest MP in the House of Commons at the age of 23, she earned the unofficial title “Baby of the House.”  The seat had previously been represented by Chris Leslie, a former Baby of the House, and had been won by the Labour Party candidate at every election since the 1992 general election.    [a] Whittome is of Punjabi descent and the city of Nottingham’s first BAME MP.  She considers herself an ideological democratic socialist.

Following her election, she stated that she would keep “a worker’s wage” of £35,000 (after tax) and donate the remaining £79,468 of her MP salary to local charities.
Whittome initially supported Clive Lewis for Labour Party leadership in 2020, but after Lewis withdrew, she nominated Emily Thornberry.  Whittome announced on February 28, 2020, that she would vote for Rebecca Long-Bailey for leader and Dawn Butler for deputy. 

Whittome organized a letter signed by 170 MPs in February 2020 demanding that foreign-born offenders not be deported back to Jamaica.
She worked as a part-time caregiver in a nursing home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whittome appeared on Newsnight in April and discussed PPE shortages at her workplace. She claimed shortly after her appearance on the show that she had been fired from her job as a caregiver for “spreading misinformation.” ExtraCare, her employer, denied that there were any shortages of PPE at the care home, and also stated that Whittome’s services were “no longer needed” because their own in-house care team could now meet their needs. [28] ExtraCare, on the other hand, issued a statement in September.

Personal life 

Whittome identifies as gay. She understands French and German. Whittome announced in May 2021 that she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and would be taking a leave of absence. She returned to the House of Commons on September 6, 2021. She is a vegetarian. Whittome describes herself as a baptized Catholic who does not practice any religion, and she has taken affirmation rather than an oath of office.