Nadia Whittome, Labour MP, comes from a background of community activism, and these motivations clearly still persist within her as a driving force behind her politics.
In 2019 Nadia was the youngest MP elected. She built her campaign around tangible action to improve the community she saw every day around her. In this interview with Gal-dem, Nadia stays true to this community mindset, keen to keep the focus off herself. Despite being deemed a ‘rising star’ in politics, she is determined to stay grounded and keep the attention where it is most needed, in parts of our failing society.
We all know that feelings of community have in many ways taken a beating during the pandemic, and Nadia feels this acutely herself. Vulnerable citizens are now physically isolated from their support systems and the comfort of small, every day interactions. Nadia focuses on the solidarity she is seeing within her community right now, even setting an example herself by returning to a prior job in care work. Since becoming an MP, Nadia has been dislocated somewhat from the working class background she hails from. However, in order to preserve her roots and remain representative of her constituents, she takes less than half of the salary that is allocated to her. Nadia remains doggedly down to earth whilst being a massive inspiration to so many, as a young activist, a person of colour, and an openly queer person in politics.
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