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Lisa Nandy marks Equal Pay Day with call for action

New analysis of official figures by Labour shows women in Wigan are being paid 82p for every pound a man earns.

The revelation comes as Equal Pay Day – the day that women across the UK effectively start working for free due to the gender pay gap – comes three days earlier this year because the pay gap is back on the rise under this Government. That means women will work for free for the next 57 days.

A Labour Government will ask big companies with over 250 staff in Wigan to publish their average hourly pay gap each year to expose whether men and women are being paid differently for doing the same work, and whether too few women occupy senior positions.

Lisa Nandy, Labour’s MP for Wigan, said:

“These shocking figures show the full extent of the gap in pay between men and women in Wigan. In David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Britain, not only do women get paid less than men, but things are getting worse. Only Labour will require companies to publish the hourly wage pay gap of their employees so that together we can take the steps to deliver equal pay for women and men across the country.”

Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities:

“Women are working an extra three days for free this year because the pay gap is back on the rise. Women shouldn’t have to wait another 50 years for Equal Pay which is why Labour will be calling a vote in Parliament to get big companies to publish their pay gap. If this Government doesn’t act, a Labour Government will.”

November 4, 2014 By : Category : News Tags:, , , , , , ,
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Lisa Nandy helps launch year two of Team Latics School Sports

Pupils from Our Lady’s Primary School in Aspull had a special guest in a PE lesson delivered by Latics coaches, when Wigan MP Lisa Nandy visited the school to find out more about the Schools Sports programme that has been organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

Thanks to funding from the Premier League, the Community Trust is able to offer up to 70 primary schools a year in Wigan the chance to receive 25 hours of free football and sports coaching.

During her visit, Lisa joined in with Year 6 pupils in a PE session focusing on agility, balance and co-ordination.

Lisa said: ‘It’s fantastic to see first-hand how much Wigan Athletic give back to the community. Many of the children here see Latics as their heroes and it was clear how much they love these lessons. With such passionate and inspirational coaches, many more of our young people will go on to be fit and active for years to come. I wish every football club in the country was as proactive as ours.’

The Premier League have invested £10.5million across 67 Premier League and Football League Clubs to help schools deliver more and better PE lessons in primary schools over the next three years.

In addition to offering schools free coaching, Wigan Athletic Community Trust also support schools with organising after-school sports clubs, termly football competitions and teacher training.

Our Lady’s Head Teacher, Mr John Rushton, said: ‘Latics have been coming to the school for a few years now and they’ve really got to know the children – the relationship between them is brilliant and the standard of coaching is exceptional.

‘The children absolutely love sport already, but the name Wigan Athletic gives that extra cache and really captures the children’s interest and attention.’

For more information about the Team Latics Schools Sports programme please contact Gareth Nolan, Schools Sports co-ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email

October 14, 2014 By : Category : News Tags:, , , , , ,
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Lisa Nandy issues call for volunteers at the British Heart Foundation

Lisa Nandy MP visited the British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop in Wigan to learn more about what the BHF is doing in the local community.  Every penny of profit raised in the BHF shop funds vital, life-saving research into heart disease.

The BHF shop is always looking for volunteers or donations and Lisa urged people in Wigan to pop in to see the shop for themselves.

The Wigan MP said: “It was great to meet the dedicated members of staff and volunteers that work at the Wigan BHF shop. The BHF is such a fantastic cause and the work they do is vital in the fight against heart disease.

“I’d urge locals to have a root around and donate any unwanted items to the shop or give the gift of time by volunteering.”

June Wrench Area Manager for the Wigan shop said: “We’re really grateful to Lisa for coming in and meeting the team. We’re always looking for stock donations, which are absolutely essential to the success of the charity, and play a vital part in fighting coronary heart disease – the UK’s single biggest killer.

“We’re also always looking for more volunteers, so even if you can only spare an hour, pop in to find out more information.”

Wigan’s BHF shop is always looking for unwanted items such as clothes, shoes, accessories, books, DVDs etc. 100% of the profits raised from donations helps the BHF  fight against heart disease and fund life-saving research. The shop offers a free collection service, call 0800 915 3000 for more information.

October 13, 2014 By : Category : News Tags:, , , , , , ,
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Lisa Nandy urges Wiganers to seek debt help

New figures reveal 32% of people in Wigan are behind with bills or burdened by debt, compared to 18% nationally.

The research, obtained by MP Lisa Nandy from the Money Advice Service find that 25,000 adults in Wigan are classed over-indebted (have been at least three months behind with bill payments or feel their debts are a heavy burden).

In the UK there are 8.8million people living with serious debt problems but only 17% of them are currently accessing advice to help deal with their debt.

Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan said:

“More and more people in Wigan are struggling with debts as prices rise but wages stay the same. Living with debt worries can eat away at people and make them and their families more stressed and anxious. But if you’re struggling with bills or loans the best thing to do is get advice.

“Debt is a problem all over the country but it’s particularly bad in Wigan. That’s why I’m urging anyone who is affected by debt to get support and advice.”

Caroline Rookes, Chief Executive of the Money Advice Service said:

“We know that debt advice works. It increases an individual’s wellbeing, improves collection rates for creditors and boosts the health of communities.

“The challenge is to get more people accessing debt advice. That’s why we have launched a brand new Debt Locator Tool at which helps you locate high quality online, phone and face-to-face debt advice in your local area.”

August 29, 2014 By : Category : News Tags:, , ,
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Lisa Nandy Slams Boris Johnson for ‘Disgraceful’ Attack on the Unions

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has today criticised Boris Johnson’s proposals that would reduce the ability of workers up and down the country to take legitimate strike action.

The Mayor of London told Conservative Party Conference yesterday that he believed unions should only be allowed to strike if half of all members balloted voted.  What he neglected to mention to Conference was that he was elected in the London Mayoral elections in 2008 on a turnout of a mere 45%.

In a scathing comment this afternoon, Lisa Nandy asked if the Mayor of London would now be standing down as his position would be untenable under his own rules.

Lisa further commented:

It is every worker’s democratic right to strike and this has, in the past, seen some of the most restrictive, anti-trade union laws in the developed world at the hands of the Conservative Party.

Boris Johnson is seeking to further restrict these laws and I will fight tooth and nail to protect trade union rights for my constituents against this disgraceful attack.

If members are balloted and choose not to vote, should those who voted in favour of strike action be ignored?  On that basis, almost every local election in living memory would be invalid, as would the results in several constituencies.

October 7, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , ,
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Lisa Nandy Backs Workers at Wigan’s Oldest Factory

Staff at Rollins Bulldog Tools in Ince downed tools last week in reaction to management’s decision to freeze their pay for a further four years behind the rate of inflation.

Workers at the Darlington Street East plant had agreed to defer pay increases from 2007 and take a reduction in their working week from 37 hours to 24 hours in order to help the company through the recession. However, at its latest pay negotiations management refused to budge on a pay increase for this year.

On Friday of last week, members of Unite the Union were joined by Wigan MP Lisa Nandy who spoke to members of the picket line and offered shop stewards and reps her support in negotiating with management.

Lisa said:

“I was deeply concerned by what the workers told me. I met people who had given 25 years service to the company and clearly had not taken this decision lightly.

I have offered them my support to bring this dispute to a swift and satisfactory resolution.”

October 7, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , ,
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£1.9m to come to Wigan’s Mesnes Park

Mesnes Park in the centre of Wigan, is to receive £1.9m in funding from the Lottery Heritage Fund to invest in the running and improvement of the green space.

The park, which was once meadow land and then home to two collieries before being opened to the public in 1878 will see the bowls pavilion and the lodge building restored, providing a community hub and a place where education workshops and gardening sessions can be run.

MP Lisa Nandy said:

“I’m delighted that the Lottery has chosen Mesnes Park for this award. It’s an area loved and much used by local people in Wigan, and the size of the grant will make a significant difference to one of our best loved green spaces.”

October 7, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, ,
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Coalition’s Cuts could cost Greater Manchester over 2,000 police officers

Following a statement by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, Lisa Nandy MP has warned that the Coalition’s cuts to public spending could mean literally hundreds of police officers will be taken off Wigan’s streets.

The Home Office has asked each police force to establish plans to make 25% cuts to their budgets. In Greater Manchester, this equates to 2,037 frontline police officers.

The Police Federation has already warned that the cuts will leave the streets less safe for law abiding citizens and that it will be ‘Christmas for criminals’ but it is yet unclear exactly where the cuts will have to come as details will not be announced until the October spending review. However, it has already meant a number of redundancies across the Service and a freeze on recruitment of new officers and will undoubtedly mean further losses in frontline and support staff.

Lisa Nandy said:

Theresa May claims that crime can be reduced at the same time as cutting the number of police officers. The last Government increased the number of police officers on our streets by over 1,000 and crime correspondingly fell by 32%. Not only is the Home Secretary’s statement illogical but it belittles the work of our police officers and flies in the face of the evidence of the past 13 years.

The coalition’s cuts to public spending will not only have an immediate and real impact in our communities but it will also harm any potential economic recovery by cutting jobs and taking demand out of the economy. I will continue to fight these regressive measures both in Parliament and on a local level in Wigan.

September 17, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , , , ,
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Wigan MP battling for the Tote

In a written ministerial statement released today, the Government has announced that it will kickstart the process for selling off the Wigan-based company, the Tote. The Minister announced that they will be inviting private companies to make proposals and expect to have completed the process by the New Year in order to secure ‘value for the taxpayer’.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said:

“Yet again there is no mention of staff in the statement. The government’s top priority at the moment must be protecting jobs, with 1 in 14 people in Wigan unemployed. This process gives no certainties to the Tote and the 540 people it employs in its HQ office alone; it’s about time the vital support to racing given by the Tote was recognised and a solution that maintains that support and guarantees the long term future of the Tote was found.”

Not only do these plans fail to protect vital local jobs but I am at a loss to see how selling off an asset that is currently in profit can be considered value for the taxpayer in this tough economic climate. Last year, the Tote’s gross profit was a massive £155m. It’s clear that the Coalition is simply trying to balance the books in the short-term, without looking at the long-term consequences for Wigan.

Makerfield MP, Yvonne Fovargue and I have met with Tote board members and trades unions and will be working together to secure the best deal for staff and we will resist any attempt to sell the Tote to an overseas company. Rather than farming out work, we should be doing everything we can to ensure that profits are kept in Britain and local jobs are protected.”

Lisa Nandy has already tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament on the following lines and will continue to raise the issue with Government and on the floor of the House.

That this House is concerned that any decision involving the future of The Tote should, at the very least, encompass the principle of its assets being used to guarantee the future of horse racing in the UK and those who work within it or are dependent upon its activities and should not involve the closure or running down of its headquarters at Wigan.

September 17, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , , ,
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MP Lisa Calls for end to legal loan sharking

As banks reveal vast profits 100 leading figures call for caps on the cost of credit Broad coalition calls on government to end ‘legal loan sharking’

Today a broad coalition of citizens groups, campaigners, MPs and celebrities have called on the government to end legal loan sharking. Currently lenders can charge any price for credit which means some loan and credit companies charge £82 for every £100 lent. Annual interest rate charges of over 2500% are also now common (despite the Bank of England base rate being just 0.5%). Borrowing at these rates repeatedly tips customers into inescapable cycles of debt and poverty. According to the OFT £16,000 of excess profit is made every hour in this sector.These calls come in the same week that banks reveal vast profits. The campaigners have highlighted that a low Bank of England base rate has not meant cheap credit for customers and further steps must be taken to ensure citizens have access to low cost, short term, affordable credit.

Co-ordinated by the Compass pressure group, this new campaign coalition have called on the government to ban excessive prices for credit and provide alternative sources of credit through CDFIs, credit unions and a post bank. The government has pledged to clampdown on interest rates for credit and store cards and the campaign believes it should do the same for the high cost credit market.Thousands of people across Britain are expected to sign an online petition on a brand new interactive website at The campaign will be targeting millions of people across Britain through using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Gavin Hayes, General Secretary of Compass said: “As banks reveal huge profits it is clear that the whole financial system is working for a very few institutions and not the vast majority of us. As we pack our flexible friends to take away on holiday it is now becoming clear that more and more of us are also using credit to make ends meet. Yet credit and loan companies are legally allowed to charge whatever they like for borrowing money. Door to door lenders are now charging £83 for every £100 borrowed, whilst some online pay day lenders charge a whopping 3000% APR. This is legal loan sharking, a national scandal which must come to an end. Now is the time for caps on all consumer credit and real affordable alternatives through a post bank.”

Neil Jameson, Executive Director of Citizens UK said: “Citizens UK have spent most of 2009 in conversation with thousands of members who confirmed the need for money to be controlled and for the reintroduction of anti-usury legislation as a reasonable response from civil society in light of the economic crisis. This proposal was lodged with all political parties before the election and whilst we’re glad the coalition has agreed to cap store cards and agree to a review of credit and interest rates, Citizens UK is delighted to add our weight and mandate to continue to lobby for a cap on commercial lending”.

Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan said: “The government has committed to curb excessive rates on store and credit cards but not high cost credit. This means the 3 million people who use high cost credit will have no defence against their excessive profiteering. We need to ask, is the government looking out for the middle classes and ignoring the needs of the poorest borrowers?”

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August 20, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , ,
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