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Lisa Nandy

Labour MP for Wigan

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.

www.lisanandy.co.uk

The England That Lies Beneath the Surface

Over the coming months I will be out of Westminster, not just listening, but analysing trends, enabling people in towns to talk about their own priorities on their own terms and learning how we shape the future so it works for all of us. This is the England, as Orwell said, "that is only just beneath the surface" and it must be heard.
07/03/2017 20:40 GMT

Britain's Future Must Speak For Both Englands - The Towns And The Cities

Break down the result of the referendum and you will see that the growing division in England and Wales is not between North and South - or even left and right - but between towns and cities. We are increasingly a country made up of two groups of people whose shared experiences, political priorities and outlook, on the surface, are united on the surface by very little at all.
20/02/2017 07:51 GMT

The Century's Challenge

With so many jobs reliant on oil and gas, particularly in the north east of Scotland and north east of England, the consequences of this shift on whole communities are huge. The UK's last deep coal mine closed in 2015 and in the last year alone 65,000 jobs were lost as reserves in the North Sea have become harder to exploit. There is even more at stake than this...
13/04/2016 17:00 BST

Labour Will Put Charities Back at the Heart of Society

Throughout our history charities and other civil society groups have acted as a buffer between the individual and the state and consistently spoken truth to power. In challenging times this is a voice we badly need to hear. Let's put charities back at the heart of society, for real this time.
12/12/2014 15:21 GMT

The Story of the Lobbying Bill Shows Why So Many People Don't Believe in Politics

The controversial Lobbying Bill, which narrowly passed through the Lords on Tuesday, is now almost certain to become law. It's a bill about lobbyists, political campaigning regulation but it matters as much to the people I represent in Wigan as it does to the Westminster bubble because it tells a story of why so many people don't believe in politics.
29/01/2014 16:56 GMT