Who are the six brand new Labour MPs now representing Nottinghamshire?

Steve Yemm of the Labour Party pictured on stage after winning the Mansfield seat.
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/Nottingham Post)


Nottinghamshire will now be represented in Parliament by lots of new faces after the July 4 general election returned six brand new MPs in the county. The situation mirrors 2019, when there were again six brand new MPs returned for Nottinghamshire as a result of the general election.

Nottinghamshire is home to 11 constituencies and all six of the new MPs represent Labour. All three of Nottingham's MPs have stood at previous elections, with the longest-serving in the city being Lilian Greenwood, first elected in 2010.

Lee Anderson retained his Ashfield seat, though standing for Reform UK on this occasion instead of the Conservatives, as he did in 2019. Robert Jenrick also retained the Newark seat he has held for the Conservatives since 2014 and he is now Nottinghamshire's only Tory MP. But who are our new MPs?

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Michael Payne - Gedling (Majority: 11,881)

Councillor Michael Payne
Councillor Michael Payne, the new Labour MP for Gedling -Credit:Marie Wilson/Nottingham Post

Michael Payne has had a long career in local politics, having first been elected to Gedling Borough Council in 2011. Now representing the Redhill ward on that authority, Councillor Payne is also the deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council alongside leader John Clarke.

Councillor Payne has also served on Nottinghamshire County Council since 2013, now representing Arnold North on that authority. Gedling's new MP has lived in the area for 35 years and as well as his roles in local government, he is also a school governor at the Redhill Academy.

The MP has been married to fellow Gedling councillor Kyle Robinson-Payne for two years and paying tribute to his husband after his election win, Michael Payne wrote on X: "I couldn't wish for anyone better than [Kyle Robinson-Payne] by my side throughout this campaign. We're a team and we'll never, ever stop fighting for Labour values."

Juliet Campbell - Broxtowe (Majority: 8,403)

Juliet Campbell following the selection meeting which chose her as the Labour candidate in Broxtowe.
Juliet Campbell following the selection meeting which chose her as the Labour candidate in Broxtowe -Credit:Submitted

Juliet Campbell was born in Bilborough, with her parents having come to the UK from Jamaica in the 1960s. The Broxtowe MP's father worked at Boots, whilst her mother ran a shop in Radford.

Having joined the Labour Party in 2012, Ms Campbell had been serving as a member of Lewisham Council in London before this general election. Serving as the authority's cabinet member for communities, refugees and safety, Ms Campbell had been the councillor for the Blackheath ward since 2018.

The Broxtowe MP pledged she would step down from Lewisham Council if elected, given that her council term was not due to end until 2026. Following the July 4 result, Ms Campbell's name has already disappeared from Lewisham Council's website.

James Naish - Rushcliffe (Majority: 7,426)

Labour's Councillor James Naish, the leader of Bassetlaw District Council.
Labour's Councillor James Naish, the leader of Bassetlaw District Council -Credit:Bassetlaw District Council

Rushcliffe's first Labour MP since 1970 was meant to be born in Nottinghamshire, but ended up being born in Sheffield due to a last-minute transfer from Bassetlaw Hospital. James Naish, nephew of Tony Blair's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell, grew up on a farm in the Retford village of South Wheatley.

Mr Naish has been serving as the leader of Bassetlaw District Council, having first been elected to the authority in May 2019, though he now says he will step down as leader. Mr Naish's professional life has included working for companies including Barclaycard, Shell and Thames Water.

Jo White - Bassetlaw (Majority: 5,768)

Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting meet a patient while visiting Bassetlaw Hospital with Jo White, now Bassetlaw's MP
Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting meet a patient while visiting Bassetlaw Hospital with Jo White, now Bassetlaw's MP -Credit:Cameron Smith/Getty Images

Jo White has been serving as the deputy leader of Bassetlaw District Council alongside leader James Naish, having been elected to the authority in 2019. Mrs White lives in the Retford village of North Wheatley with her husband John Mann, who is now the Government's advisor on anti-Semitism and who was Bassetlaw's Labour MP from 2001 until 2019.

Michelle Welsh - Sherwood Forest (Majority: 5,443)

The leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, pictured with Sherwood Forest MP Michelle Welsh during his visit to Hucknall Town Football Club in Nottinghamshire
The leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, pictured with Sherwood Forest MP Michelle Welsh during his visit to Hucknall Town Football Club in Nottinghamshire -Credit:Joseph Raynor/Nottingham Post

Michelle Welsh lives in Arnold and grew up on a council estate in Nottinghamshire. Sherwood Forest's first female MP played a leading role in calling for Donna Ockenden's inquiry into maternity services at Nottingham's hospitals, having had first-hand experience of failings.

Ms Welsh ended up having an emergency C-section which she says was totally avoidable. The Sherwood Forest MP sits on both Nottinghamshire County Council and Gedling Borough Council and previously worked for Vernon Coaker during his time as Gedling's MP and in the House of Lords.

Steve Yemm - Mansfield (Majority: 3,485)

Stephen Yemm of the Labour Party pictured after winning the Mansfield seat
Stephen Yemm of the Labour Party pictured after winning the Mansfield seat -Credit:Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post

Steve Yemm grew up in Mansfield and his previous work has included being the director of The Evolve Trust, which at the time included The Brunts Academy in Mansfield. It's said that it became a multi-academy trust in 2014 when The Beech Academy joined the cluster, by which time Mr Yemm had left.

The company was later wound up in 2023 after a difficult year which saw one of its schools rated inadequate by Ofsted, with the schools now passed on to new companies. Mr Yemm's wife Julia works as a consultant radiographer in the breast imaging team at King's Mill Hospital.

Following confirmation of his election victory, 60-year-old Mr Yemm eschewed media interviews to return home to his family for some 5am champagne. Other companies Mr Yemm has been involved with in the past include Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services.