Lisa Nandy

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Lisa Nandy
Lisa Nandy MP addressing the NCVO Acevo fringe (6192110384).jpg
Member of Parliament
for Wigan
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Neil Turner
Majority 10,487 (23.8%)
Personal details
Born (1979-08-09) 9 August 1979 (age 36)
Manchester, United Kingdom
Political party Labour
Alma mater Newcastle University
University of London

Lisa Eva Nandy[1] (born 9 August 1979)[2] is a British Labour Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Wigan constituency, in Greater Manchester, since the 2010 general election[3] and is one of six Asian female MPs.[4][5]

Early career[edit]

Nandy was born in Manchester, Greater Manchester to Luise Nandy (née Byers) and her then husband Dipak Nandy.[6][7][8] Luise Byers' father, Lord Byers, was a Liberal Party MP and held many offices in the party.[9] 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,[6][10] 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.[11]

Political career[edit]

Nandy served as a Labour councillor in the Shepherds Bush Green ward, Hammersmith and Fulham, from 4 May 2006 to 10 May 2010.[12] She was selected as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Wigan constituency in February 2010 from an all-women shortlist.[13] Elected to Parliament on 7 May 2010, she became the constituency's first female MP[14] and one of the first six Asian female MPs elected to Parliament.[4][5] She was appointed to the Education Select Committee on 12 July 2010[15] and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet Minister for the Olympics, Tessa Jowell, in October 2010.[16] 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.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Her partner Andy Collis is a public relations consultant. She had a son, Otis, in Wigan Infirmary on 29 April 2015.[18]


  1. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll" (PDF). Wigan Council. 20 April 2010. p. 7. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Lisa Nandy". Democracy Live (BBC). 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Election 2010: Constituency: Wigan". BBC News (BBC). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Bano, Rahila (31 March 2010). "Asian women set to make Westminster breakthrough". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Six Asian Women MPs elected in UK". DESIblitz. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Election 2010: Lisa Nandy (Lab)". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. Kelly's Directories. 2000. p. 255. ISBN 9780333545775. 
  8. ^ Ali, Arif (1988). Third World impact (8 ed.). Hansib Pub. p. 39. ISBN 9781870518048. 
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  10. ^ "Lisa Nandy". Refugee and Migrant Justice. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Policy Area – Young Refugees". The Children's Society. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Councillor Lisa Nandy". London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  13. ^ Smith, Mark (4 February 2010). "The Northerner: 'I bet she had to ask for directions to Wigan'". (London: Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Lisa Nandy: 'I am proud to be first female MP for Wigan'". Wigan Today (Johnston Publishing). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Education Committee – membership". UK Parliament Website. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Wigan MP Lisa Nandy Promoted to Olympic Role in Labour's Shadow Team". Lisa Nandy: Labour MP for Wigan. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Ainsworth, David (9 October 2013). "Lisa Nandy is appointed shadow charities minister in Labour reshuffle". Third Sector. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Labour success for Nandy". Wigan Today. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Neil Turner
Member of Parliament
for Wigan