Lisa Eva Nandy (born 9 August 1979) 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 and is one of six Asian female MPs in the country.
Nandy was born in Manchester, Greater Manchester to Luise Nandy (née Byers) and her then husband Dipak. Luise Byers' father, Lord Byers, was aLiberal Party MP and held many offices in the party. Nandy grew up both in Manchester and in Bury, Greater Manchester, where her family later moved to. She graduated from Newcastle University, Tyne 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, 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.
Nandy served as a Labour councillor in the Shepherds Bush Green ward, Hammersmith and Fulham, from 4 May 2006 to 10 May 2010. She was selected as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Wigan constituency in February 2010 from an all-women shortlist. Elected to Parliament on 7 May 2010, she became the constituency's first female MP and one of the first six Asian female MPs elected to Parliament. She was appointed to the Education Select Committee on 12 July 2010 and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet Minister for the Olympics, Tessa Jowell, in October 2010. In 2012, she was made shadow junior education minister after the reshuffle triggered by the resignation of Peter Hain.