Lisa was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wigan in May 2010. In October 2013 Lisa was appointed Shadow Minister for Civil Society with responsibility for charities, co-ops & mutuals, lobbying and supporting the Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office on public bodies. She previously served as Shadow Children’s Minister, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tessa Jowell MP, Shadow Olympics Minister and as a member of the Education Select Committee. 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 CWU and UNITE union‘s 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.
Lisa is a regular columnist for Tribune, Labour List and contributes to the Guardian and other publications. She is a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour and 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics.
Since she has been elected, Lisa played a leading role in the Parliamentary campaign to save the EMA. She has conducted a cross-party inquiry into the education of looked after children with Edward Timpson MP, introduced a bill to ensure the UK underwrites ethical business practices overseas and provides more support to small businesses and co-chaired an inquiry into the Export Credits Guarantee Department.