|Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change|
13 September 2015
|Preceded by||Caroline Flint|
|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Neil Turner|
9 August 1979 |
|Alma mater||Newcastle University
University of London
Lisa Eva Nandy (born 9 August 1979) is a British Labour Party politician. Identified with the left-wing of the Labour Party, she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wigan since 2010.
Nandy was born in Manchester to Luise Nandy (née Byers) and her then husband Dipak Nandy. Luise Byers' father, Lord Byers, was a Liberal Party MP and held many offices in the party. Nandy grew up both in Manchester and in Bury, Greater Manchester, where her family later moved to. She graduated from Newcastle University, Tyne and Wear, in 2001 with a degree in politics and obtained a master's degree in public policy from Birkbeck, University of London. She has worked in the voluntary sector, as a researcher at the homelessness charity Centrepoint from 2003 to 2005, and then as senior policy adviser at The Children's Society from 2005, where she specialised in issues facing young refugees, also acting as adviser to the Children's Commissioner for England and to the Independent Asylum Commission.
Nandy served as a Labour councillor in the Shepherds Bush Green ward, Hammersmith and Fulham, from 4 May 2006 to 10 May 2010. She was selected as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Wigan constituency in February 2010 from an all-women shortlist. Elected to Parliament on 7 May 2010, she became the constituency's first female MP and one of the first six Asian female MPs elected to Parliament. She was appointed to the Education Select Committee on 12 July 2010 and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet Minister for the Olympics, Tessa Jowell, in October 2010. In 2012, she was made shadow junior education minister after the reshuffle triggered by the resignation of Peter Hain. In October 2013 she was appointed shadow charities minister.
Following Labour's election defeat in May 2015 and Ed Miliband's subsequent resignation as party leader, there was some media speculation that Nandy would announce her candidacy in the leadership contest. Nandy declined and endorsed Andy Burnham. In August 2015, Owen Jones, the left-wing journalist, revealed in a blog post that he initially tried to draft Nandy into running for the leadership – the recent birth of her son, however, prevented such a campaign from materialising. Nandy has also been touted as an MP that could potentially succeed Jeremy Corbyn, before the next general election.
On 14 September 2015 it was announced that Nandy had been appointed to serve as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Wigan
|Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change