Daddy’s Duck Race

 The Family RaceWigan MP Lisa Nandy was delighted to launch the 2013 Daddy’s Duck Race along the Leeds-Liverpool canal last weekend.

A colourful array of hundreds of ducks made their way down the Leeds-Liverpool canal for a very special charity race.

The race was the idea of four-year-old Wigan youngster Corey Coggins in memory of his late father Ric, who died of bowel cancer two years ago.

Hundreds of plastic ducks bobbed their way along a stretch of the canal at the Wigan Investment Centre, in a fun and colourful spectacle to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Lisa said: “I was delighted to be able to launch the race for Corey and to meet all the families who came out to support the race. It’s a fantastic idea and a great way to raise much-needed funds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice. The Hospice provides vital care and support to Wiganers and their families at a difficult time in their lives and I am delighted that they’re thousands of pounds better off thanks to Corey, his mum and all the volunteers.”

July 6, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa’s Green Watch

MP Lisa Nandy got a unique insight into the day in the life of a firefighter when she visited Wigan Fire Station.

Donning fire gear, the Wigan MP joined Green Watch on parade at 8.30am on Friday, June 28, before embarking on a day of training and community visits.

Wearing breathing apparatus, Lisa got to experience what it’s like to search a smoke filled building in the yard of the station while crews carried out a drill.

Lisa then got a chance to use cutting gear to dismantle a car during a training exercise which involved freeing a casualty from a road traffic collision.

Lisa said: “It was a really interesting and inspiring day and it was great to spend the full day with the watch.

“The cutting gear was really heavy you have to be strong to do that but in the safety of the fire station yard it was good fun to cut the car apart.

“I was really surprised how hard it was to wear the breathing apparatus and how heavy the dummies were we were rescuing and it really gave me an idea of how difficult conditions must be for fire crews tackling a real fire.

“I was also very impressed with their work in the community here in Wigan.”

Lisa joined firefighters at Lamberhead Green Community Primary School where crews chatted to Year Six pupils about fire and water safety.

The visit was part of the Safe4Summer Campaign – a joint initiative between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police and the county’s 10 local authorities.

It’s aimed at keeping people of all ages safe from summer risks such as the dangers of water and grass fires, and addressing community concerns about youth-related crime and antisocial behaviour during summer months.

Borough Manager Steve Sheridan said: “We invited Lisa to experience how much we cram into one day here at GMFRS in Wigan and she certainly got stuck in and seemed to enjoy it.

“Wigan is very much a fire station at the heart of the community and as Lisa is Shadow Children’s Minister, we were able to tell her all about our work with young people and show her first hand our Safe4Summer work in schools.”

July 3, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa says “Hands off Herons Wharf”

Wigan’s MP Lisa Nandy has written to the Council’s Planning Committee Chairman to back residents and local councillors, who are fighting plans to develop expensive housing on a much-loved open space.

In the letter, she urged the Committee to consider the views of residents who face three years of building works, noise and disruption if the plans go ahead.

Lisa, who visited the site recently to hear residents’concerns, said:

“The proposed housing will do little to help first time buyers and it will restrict children’s play space.

“It’s clear that access to the site is severely restricted. It is very difficult to see how such narrow roads that are already overused would be able to accommodate the extra traffic this would create. In effect children would be forced onto the streets at a time when more traffic is being created.

“Residents have also raised health and safety concerns that deserve serious consideration. Ten years ago planners refused an application because of land contamination. It is vital that the consequences for the health of adults and children in the area are taken into account.

“In light of this I am asking the committee to refuse this application.”

The MP’s intervention comes ahead of a crucial vote this week, when the Planning Committee will be asked to decide if the application can proceed.

June 24, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment


Wigan MP Lisa Nandy is urging Wiganer’s to nominate for the annual 4Children and Take a Break Family Heroes Awards. The Family Heroes Awards celebrate unsung heroes around the country who go above and beyond the call of duty to support families through tough times.

The awards are open to everyone, from people who work or volunteer to support families to those who take self sacrifice and care for their own family to a whole new level.

12 regional family heroes will be selected, with one inspirational hero being selected as the overall national Family Hero 2013 and thanked for their selfless devotion with a cash prize of £5,000.

Lisa said: “Families are at the heart of our communities and the Family Hero Awards are a great way to celebrate and thank those that have made a real difference in helping to support families and children across the UK.

The Families Heroes Awards are looking for outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. A Family Hero could be:

•Someone who has shown amazing courage to protect or support a family member in need

•Someone who has helped a young person turn their life around after having a bad experience

•Someone who has supported a friend with postnatal depression

•Someone who is a young carer looking after a disabled parent

If you know or are related to someone who you think is a true family hero, show your appreciation by nominating them for this prestigious award.

To nominate your Family Hero, download or fill out a nomination form online at or for further information, contact / 0207 522 6970. Nominations close on 31 August.

June 20, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Nandy MP becomes disabled kid’s charity champion

Wigan MP, Lisa Nandy, has become an MP Champion for disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz, backing the charity’s local and national work with disabled youngsters.

The MP will be supporting Whizz-Kidz as a Parliamentary Champion by backing the charity’s work locally, raising their work in Parliament and by meeting some of the charity’s young Ambassadors.

Local MP Lisa Nandy said: ‘I’m delighted to support Whizz-Kidz by becoming an MP Champion. The charity do fantastic work locally, providing disabled children with mobility equipment and opportunities to lead independent and active lives.

‘I’ve already worked closely with Whizz-Kidz, most recently backing their Generation Inspired campaign into Paralympic Legacy and I’m looking forward to continuing to support their work in Wigan as an MP Champion’

George Fielding, Chair of the Whizz-Kidz Kidz Board said: ‘Lisa has always been an enthusiastic supporter of Whizz-Kidz and we’re really excited that she is continuing to support our work by becoming an MP Champion! 

As a charity, we simply could not do what we do – transform the lives of young disabled people like myself, without the backing of Whizz-Kidz supporters across the UK so we’re really grateful for Lisa’s support.’

As well as providing disabled children with life-changing mobility equipment, the charity also provides a range of activities to increase the independence and confidence of young disabled people, including work placements, wheelchair skills training and residential camps.

In 2012, the charity transformed the lives of 2,025 disabled children and youngsters in the UK by providing life-changing mobility equipment such as powered and lightweight wheelchairs, specialist sports wheelchairs and specially adapted bikes and trikes.

For more information about Whizz-Kidz’s work providing disabled children and young people a chance of a childhood and the skills for a bright future, visit

June 20, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa celebrates National Mini Tennis Week with Robin Park Arena Tennis Centre

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy showed her support for grass-roots tennis as she visited Robin Park Arena Tennis Centre as they celebrated National Mini Tennis Week.

The Labour MP attended the centre on Thursday evening to oversee sessions of LTA Mini Tennis for over 70 school children from across the region, many of whom were playing tennis for the first time.

National Mini Tennis Week 2013, sponsored by Highland Spring, is giving over 10,000 children across the country a fantastic first experience of LTA Mini Tennis, which offers the perfect introduction to the sport of tennis with smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls but all the energy of the real thing.

LTA Mini Tennis has been developed by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to introduce children between three and ten years old to the sport.

National Mini Tennis Week started on Monday June 10 and continues until Sunday June 16, and as part of the week Robin Park Tennis Centre have been carrying out a schools tennis road show, taking mini tennis to kids across Wigan before hosting them at a special session in front of the region’s MP.

Lisa Nandy said: “It was great to see first-hand the difference LTA Mini Tennis can make to children, helping them to take up the sport at a young age and developing the players of the future.

“It was excellent to see so many children learning skills and confidence through mini tennis, and to meet so many of Wigan’s parents who come along to support them.

“I hope many more of Wigan’s children will have the opportunity to try this in the future.”

Simon Reid, the head coach as Robin Park, said: “We were delighted to see so many youngsters learning how to play tennis, some for the first time. I hope we will see many of these faces playing tennis again in the future.

“It was a fantastic event and we were delighted to be able to welcome so many people down to the club to take part in National Mini Tennis Week.”

There are now more than 1,500 registered tennis venues delivering LTA Mini Tennis across the country, catering for more than 110,000 children.

June 17, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Wigan chef tastes success with his curry recipes

Curry lovers, foodies and regular customers gathered in Wigan to celebrate the success of Chef Syeduz Zaman Kamran of The India Lounge Restaurant, who was selected to represent Britain at the Taste of Britain Curry Festival held at Slovenia.

Chef Kamran was part of the ‘Taste of Britain Curry Festival’ challenge in Ljubljana, Slovenia and he was among the ‘Magnificent Seven British Curry Chefs’ selected nationally by the UK based Curry Life Magazine.

Mr Zoeb Ali, Business Partner and the Restaurant Manager at the India Lounge, Vauxhall Road, Wigan, Lancashire, organised a celebration dinner in recognition of the achievements of his talented chef.

Over two hundred invited guests joined the celebration, including the Local Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister for Children, Lisa Nandy, who was there to congratulate the chef and his team.

MP Lisa Nandy said: “I congratulate Chef Kamran on this great success and I am very impressed by his accomplishments. His food is exceptional and I am very honoured to have been invited. Mr Kamran is an excellent Chef and he did all of Wigan proud by being selected to represent our British curry at this festival.”

The aim of the festival is to showcase the ‘Taste of British Curry’ and the work of some of the most creative British Curry Chefs.

Chef Kamran said: “It was a great experience. Cooking is my passion and the whole experience gave inspired me.”

Photo Chef Kamran, Lisa Nandy MP and Mr Zoeb Ali, Restaurant Manager, India Lounge.

June 12, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment


Wigan MP Lisa Nandy was involved in a political heave-ho of a different nature when she took part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s 26th annual Parliamentary Tug of War last night.

Making her Tug of War debut, Lisa was joined by fellow MPs Gloria De Piero and Caroline Dinenage as they pitted their strength against the might of the Macmillan Nurses at the charity event, which raised over £100,000 to support people affected by cancer.

Keen to reverse last year’s defeat and recover all-important bragging rights, despite a valiant display of brawn the Macmillan team proved a force to be reckoned with and took home the title.

After doing battle Lisa said: “I really enjoyed taking part in Macmillan’s Parliamentary Tug of War; sadly we were well beaten by the nurses, but we’ll be back next year to avenge the defeat!

I was delighted to have the chance to support such a worthwhile cause, the work that Macmillan does is outstanding and the money raised will help support some of the two million people living with cancer.”

The event attracted a host of colourful characters with the BBC’s James Landale commentating on the evening’s matches. The pride of the Commons was salvaged as the MPs convincingly beat a Lords team and other contests saw tugs between rival city firms, the military vs emergency services and even a media pull between Westminster journalists and bloggers.

June 12, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Tables EDM To Celebrate Latics Victory

Following Wigan’s march to Wembley and their historic FA Cup Final victory. Wigan’s MP Lisa Nandy has tabled a House of Commons Early Day motion to invite politicians from across the political divide to recognise the Latics fantastic achievement.

The EDM sponsored by Lisa and supported by the Borough’s MP’s Yvonne Fovargue and Andy Burnham reads:

‘This House congratulates Wigan Athletic for their historic victory in the FA Cup Final, notes the significant efforts of the team’s players, the manager Roberto Martinez and the owner Dave Whelan in ensuring Wigan Athletic were triumphant, and thanks the people of Wigan for getting behind their club and for always believing, despite the odds, that victory was possible.’

Lisa said: “Since the Final I’ve been overwhelmed by the support the whole country has shown for the Latics’ victory. They played brilliantly and thoroughly deserved to win.

“The atmosphere at Wembley was just amazing. It’s only fitting to mark this historic victory with a national tribute giving thanks to everyone who made it happen, including the fans whose unwavering support has put Wigan on the map.”

Andy said: “Whatever the future holds, the Latics will forever now hold a place in football folklore after this incredible achievement.

“Just as impressive as the victory was the manner in which it was achieved. This side played with power, pace and pride throughout the competition – as I saw to my own cost at Goodison Park. In an era when money has taken over the game, it was refreshing to see players with pride in the shirt and connected to the community.

“It was great to see how the whole of the borough got behind them. I know I wasn’t the only person in Leigh celebrating when Ben’s header went in!

“The whole club, from the Chairman and Manager downwards, conducted themselves with class throughout and did our area proud. It’s is only right that the borough’s MPs should recognise the scale of the club’s achievement, and the benefits it will bring our area, by tabling this motion.”

Yvonne said: “Victory against Man City at Wembley – will go down as one of the greatest Cup Final upsets ever, but it was no upset. Wigan were the better team because they played with real desire and belief. Their victory was no fluke and the players created a lifetime of memories for fans and gave our Borough global exposure. The team did us proud!”

June 4, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Nandy MP gets in the frame for Foster Care Fortnight

Wigan MP and Shadow Children’s Minister Lisa Nandy has put herself in the frame to encourage constituents across the borough to consider becoming foster carers to some of the area’s most vulnerable children.

Foster Care Fortnight, the annual awareness campaign run by the largest UK fostering charity the Fostering Network, is aiming to support fostering services across the UK in recruiting 9,000 new foster families to provide homes to the rising number of children coming into care.

This year the campaign runs from 13 to 26 May.

Lisa said: “We have a huge shortage of foster carers across the country and far too many children wait too long for a loving home. Foster carers come from all sorts of backgrounds and can make a massive difference for children. If you feel you might have what it takes, now is the time to put yourself in the frame.”

Robert Tapsfield, Chief Executive of the Fostering Network, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Lisa has put herself in the frame for Foster Care Fortnight.”

If you think that you have the skills to foster, find your local fostering service by visiting Visit the Fostering Network’s online gallery at see the full range of those who have put themselves in the frame for this year’s Foster Care Fortnight.

May 20, 2013 By : Category : News 0 Comment