Lisa Nandy

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Not to be confused with Lisa Francesca Nand.
Lisa Nandy
Lisa Nandy MP addressing the NCVO Acevo fringe (6192110384).jpg
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
13 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Caroline Flint
Succeeded by Barry Gardiner
Member of Parliament
for Wigan
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Neil Turner
Majority 14,236 (31.4%)
Personal details
Born Lisa Eva Nandy
(1979-08-09) 9 August 1979 (age 37)
Manchester, England
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 Wigan since 2010.[3]

Early career[edit]

Nandy was born in Manchester, to Luise Nandy (née Byers) and her then husband Dipak Nandy.[4][5][6] Luise Byers' father, Lord Byers, was a Liberal Party MP and held many offices in the party.[7] 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,[4][8] 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.[9]

Political career[edit]

Wigan MP[edit]

Nandy served as a Labour councillor in the Shepherds Bush Green ward, Hammersmith and Fulham, from 4 May 2006 to 10 May 2010.[10] She was selected as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Wigan constituency in February 2010 from an all-women shortlist.[11] Elected to Parliament on 7 May 2010, she became the constituency's first female MP[12] and one of the first six Asian female MPs elected to Parliament. She was appointed to the Education Select Committee on 12 July 2010[13] and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet Minister for the Olympics, Tessa Jowell, in October 2010.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] Nandy declined and endorsed Andy Burnham.[17] 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.[18] Nandy has also been touted as an MP that could potentially succeed Jeremy Corbyn, before the next general election.[19][20]

Shadow Cabinet[edit]

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.[21] She resigned from her post on 27 June 2016.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Her partner, Andy Collis, is a public relations consultant. She has a son, who was born in Wigan Infirmary in April 2015.[23]


  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 "Election 2010: Lisa Nandy (Lab)". Manchester Evening News. M.E.N. Media. May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. Kelly's Directories. 2000. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-333-54577-5. 
  6. ^ Ali, Arif (1988). Third World impact (8 ed.). Hansib Pub. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-870518-04-8. 
  7. ^ "Keeping it in the Family". Scribd. 
  8. ^ "Lisa Nandy". Refugee and Migrant Justice. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Policy Area – Young Refugees". The Children's Society. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Councillor Lisa Nandy". London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Lisa Nandy: 'I am proud to be first female MP for Wigan'". Wigan Today. Johnston Publishing. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Education Committee – membership". UK Parliament Website. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ Ainsworth, David (9 October 2013). "Lisa Nandy is appointed shadow charities minister in Labour reshuffle". Third Sector. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Isabel Hardman (8 May 2015). "Labour leadership campaign: who might have a pop?". The Spectator. 
  17. ^ "List of MPs' endorsements of the Labour leadership candidates". New Statesman. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  18. ^ Owen Jones (29 August 2015). "My honest thoughts on the Corbyn campaign—and overcoming formidable obstacles". Medium. 
  19. ^ Rafael Behr (2 September 2015). "Jeremy Corbyn may prevail, but he has no monopoly on virtue". 
  20. ^ Jane Merrick and Mark Leftly (19 July 2015). "Jeremy Corbyn: Labour MPs are plotting a coup against the potential leader if he is elected". 
  21. ^ Walker, Peter (16 September 2015). "Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet in full". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  22. ^ Syal, Rajeev; Perraudin, Frances; Slawson, Nicola (27 June 2016). "Shadow cabinet resignations: who has gone and who is staying". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  23. ^ "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

Political offices
Preceded by
Caroline Flint
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Succeeded by
Barry Gardiner