Lisa Eva Nandy[2] (born 9 August 1979)[3] is a British Labour Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Wigan constituency, inGreater Manchester, since the 2010 general election[4] and is one of six Asian female MPs in the country.[5][6]


 [hide*1 Early career

Early career[edit]Edit

Nandy was born in ManchesterGreater Manchester to Luise Nandy (née Byers) and her then husband Dipak.[7][8] Luise Byers' father, Lord Byers, was aLiberal Party MP and held many offices in the party.[9] Nandy grew up both in Manchester and in Bury, Greater Manchester, where her family later moved to. She graduated from Newcastle UniversityTyne 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,[1][10] 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.[11]

Political career[edit]Edit

Nandy served as a Labour councillor in the Shepherds Bush Green ward, Hammersmith and Fulham, from 4 May 2006 to 10 May 2010.[12] She was selected as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Wigan constituency in February 2010 from an all-women shortlist.[13] Elected to Parliament on 7 May 2010, she became the constituency's first female MP[14] and one of the first six Asian female MPs elected to Parliament.[5][6] She was appointed to the Education Select Committee on 12 July 2010[15] and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet Minister for the Olympics, Tessa Jowell, in October 2010.[16] In 2012, she was made shadow junior education minister after the reshuffle triggered by the resignation of Peter Hain.

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