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Lisa Nandy sworn in as MP for Wigan

Lisa was officially sworn in as the MP for Wigan today.

Even though the votes have been counted, MPs must swear in to officially hold office.

Once they have sworn in MPs are eligible to vote and speak in the House.

Lisa said: “I was keen to affirm as soon as possible, so I could get involved in debates and speak up for Wigan”.

May 20, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , ,
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Setting up Office

Lisa has been getting stuck in to the work of being Wigan’s MP since she was elected in the early hours of May 7th.

Lisa’s first priority has been to make sure she has a local office that is up and running. The office at Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford Street, is open with local people working there to help constituents with problems and enquiries. Lisa has also received a huge amount of correspondence about individual issues and problems in the last few weeks. She wants to let everyone know that she is looking at everything as soon as she can and everyone who has contacted her will received a response soon, she said:

‘It is fantastic that so many people want to get in touch. I am receiving hundreds of emails and letters each week so it is taking some time to get back to everyone but I promise I will contact people who have raised specific problems or issues with me’

Since the election, Lisa has spent time in both Westminster and the constituency. In Westminster she has been dealing with a number of tasks that will help her to be an effective MP for Wigan, including trying to find a desk, get access to a computer and Internet in the House of Commons and ensuring that all of the letters and send get through to her office. With over 200 new MPs and a change in government it takes a while for even office space to be allocated.

Lisa has found a few minutes to speak to BBC Radio Manchester and BBC North West to let constituents know how everything is going, what they can expect and what issues she thinks will be important in the coming weeks and months. Coverage will be available here soon.

May 20, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , ,
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Supporting Wigan’s Families

Labour unveiled its manifesto for families this week. Lisa said ““Looking after your family is the most important job you can do, and that’s why Labour has always made helping families a central part of government policy. We are committed to bringing forward more help for working families, including free childcare and more help for grandparents.”

The manifesto expands nursery provision, introduces a new ‘toddler tax credit’ and protects Sure Start and existing tax credits. Lisa added: “Only Labour is committed to Child Tax Credits and Child Trust Funds. I believe we should help all families – not only the worst off, but also those whose parents are working hard and still struggle to make ends meet. The other parties plan to cut hundreds of pounds of support each year for millions of children in Britain. As a former children’s charity worker I know how devastating that will be.”

To read Labour’s commitments to families click here.

April 29, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , , ,
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‘Vote for Students’ says Wigan’s Labour candidate

Lisa met with students at Winstanley College this week to talk about the upcoming election and the issues that concern them. The students asked a number of thought-out questions. Tuition fees were an issue with a number of people keen to enter higher education.

Lisa told students she had signed the National Union of Students’ pledge to oppose any increase in tuition fees in the next parliament. ‘I will continue to oppose any measure that makes it harder for young people in Wigan to go to university. Students are rightly concerned about coming out of university with debt hanging over them – we have to make sure that ability and the desire to go to university determine what a person does in life, not how much money their family has.’

Other issues that came up were giving young people the vote at 16, abolishing the civil list and giving young people free bus passes. Elderly people and and eligible disabled people already have access to free off-peak bus travel and students at the college thought young people in education should be given the same concession. Lisa supported the idea of making travel to and from college cheaper.

‘Education Maintenance Allowance was introduced by the Labour government to help young people from low income backgrounds stay in education for longer – and it has made a real difference – but I talk to a lot of young people who still struggle to balance their studies with part-time jobs and the costs associated with doing A-Levels, a diploma or other qualifications. Free bus travel would be a significant help to many young people in Wigan in completing their studies’

Lisa also wants to make sure that there are reliable and frequent transport links to get to school and college. If you would like to know more about the NUS pledge, click here.

April 19, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , , ,
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On the campaign trail – Hustings at Queen’s Hall Methodist Church

The first hustings of the election campaign took place last Monday with over 130 local people turning out to quiz Lisa and the other parliamentary candidates for Wigan.

The debate was lively and saw questions being posed on topics that ranged from national education policy through to litter and keeping Wigan’s streets clean.

Lisa thoroughly enjoyed the debate, saying:

‘Events like this prove that people really are interested in politics and what happens in their area. This was a great chance for voters in Wigan to raise issues that matter to them and I am delighted to have been invited – they definitely didn’t let us off easy, there were some great questions and a great turnout.’

A video of the debate is going to be available on the site soon – stay tuned!

April 14, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , , , ,
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Lisa Nandy for Wigan

Lisa Nandy was selected as the Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wigan on 3 February 2010. Wigan’s MP Neil Turner warmly welcomed Lisa’s selection. Read how the Wigan Evening Post covered the story here.

February 18, 2010 By : Category : News Tags:, , , , ,
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