Lisa was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wigan in May 2010. She served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tessa Jowell MP, Shadow Olympics Minister and as a member of the Education Select Committee until May 2012 when she was appointed Shadow Children's Minister. Lisa also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Corporate Responsibility.
Lisa grew up in the North West of England and lives in the centre of Wigan. Before entering Parliament she worked for a national children’s charity, The Children’s Society, helping to ensure that children who are abused, ill-treated or growing up in poverty get the help they need from Government and wider society.
Lisa joined the Labour Party after witnessing the devastation Thatcher’s Government caused to communities across the North West. She has been active in her community ever since – as a school governor, a charity trustee, a director of a local theatre and as a Labour councillor leading on housing and regeneration.
Lisa graduated from Newcastle University in 2001, and later earned a Masters degree from the University of London, studying as a mature student. She went on to work as a parliamentary researcher and caseworker for Labour MP Neil Gerrard, fighting for improvements in the law for disabled people and for more Government investment in housing. This led to a two year stint at the youth homeless charity Centrepoint where Lisa helped to push through changes so that no 16 or 17 year old could any longer be placed into unsafe bed and breakfast accommodation.
Lisa is a member of the UNITE union and has been a supporter and grassroots activist in the trade union movement ever since her first job in a call centre. She lists Sure Start, the Winter Fuel Payment and the Minimum Wage as amongst Labour’s most important policies since 1997.