Lisa Nandy
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.

Entries by Lisa Nandy

The Century's Challenge

(3) Comments | Posted 14 April 2016 | (00:00)

In December 2015 nearly every country in the world came together in Paris to agree to limit global warming to well below 2C. With the world's two biggest polluters, the USA and China signed up to the deal, there is now no question that we can turn back. Nor should...

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Labour Will Put Charities Back at the Heart of Society

(21) Comments | Posted 12 December 2014 | (23:00)

Not long ago David Cameron put charities at the heart of his offer to the British public. Just five years later the reality of his Big Society can be found in the lengthening queues at food banks, run by overstretched charities up and down the country dealing with the fallout...

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

(5) Comments | Posted 29 January 2014 | (23:00)

The controversial Lobbying Bill, which narrowly passed through the Lords yesterday, 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...

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Operating Under the Radar, the Government Body With an Unethical Stance

(9) Comments | Posted 27 November 2012 | (23:00)

You would expect human rights, arms controls and environmental policies to be central to all of the UK's foreign investments. Yet, today the findings of an Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Corporate Responsibility - a group I chair - will reveal that one UK government body...

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Government's Intervention in Shell Human Rights Case at Odds with its Commitment to Human Rights

(1) Comments | Posted 19 October 2012 | (12:01)

A report published this week by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee has urged the government to do more to address human rights abuses resulting from the overseas activities of UK businesses by, for example, linking all government support to business to their human rights records overseas.


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Attracting and Retaining Excellent Social Workers Depends on a Better Social Work System

(2) Comments | Posted 9 October 2012 | (00:05)

Last week the IPPR proposed a new graduate scheme for social workers, run by a social enterprise Frontline which would be independent of government. Frontline would train top graduates at summer school who then would spend a year training on the job in a local authority, before committing to a...

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Relationships Must Be at the Heart of the Child Protection System

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2012 | (17:58)

Yesterday, Labour called an Opposition Day Debate on children's safeguarding. Every once in a while this issue gains media prominence for the most disturbing and alarming reasons but protecting those children for whom parental care has failed, who have no other option but to turn to the state,...

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Another Financial Crisis Is Inevitable Unless Government Takes Steps to Tackle Short-term Business Culture

(1) Comments | Posted 24 April 2012 | (00:00)

Today Parliamentarians will be given just a few hours to debate a Bill that boasts the impressive objective of preventing another financial crisis ever happening again in the UK.

The Financial Services Bill amends the system of financial regulation introduced by the last government, gives the chancellor the power to...

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Everyday a Proportion of the Population are Excluded From Activities the Rest Take for Granted

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2011 | (00:00)

Nearly 16 years after the landmark Disability Discrimination Act gave hope to people with disabilities up and down the country, my disabled constituents still cannot travel to work, shop or see friends without risking indignity, humiliation and abuse.

Despite real improvements in access to transport, one sixth of the 12...

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Justice Secretary Clarke Denies Access to Justice for Victims of Corporate Abuse

(18) Comments | Posted 22 September 2011 | (00:00)

In questions to the Justice Secretary last week, Ken Clarke accused the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of being 'disingenuous' for claiming that his proposals would make it more difficult for victims of human rights abuse by British-based multi-nationals to gain access to justice.

These proposals, contained...

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