MP’s baby joy

Lisa Nandy
Lisa Nandy

WIGAN’S MP is to become a mum for the first time.

Lisa Nandy and partner Andy Collis are set to welcome their first child in April, she confirmed today.

The couple, who live in Swinley, said they are “bowled over” by the happy news, as are both sides of North West-based family.

But it means the Shadow Minister for Civil Society, who replaced retiring Labour MP Neil Turner in 2010, will clearly have to prioritise her political appointments diary.

Her baby is due on what is going to be a full-blooded and potentially exhausting run-up to next year’s general election.

However, she is refusing to be drawn on the other big question of the day ... will the baby’s first visit to the DW Stadium be to support Wigan Warriors or Athletic?

Like all “proper” Wiganers, she insisted diplomatically, her child will be encouraged to “yell” for both.

The 35-year-old said: “Andy is absolutely delighted. He is very calm, which helps, but really, really pleased and very supportive.

“We had always hoped to start a family at some stage and this time has now come.

“Obviously we are more settled now with a lovely house and great, supportive neighbours with a great community spirit.

“In fact I have been made welcome from day one, really.

“Our family aren’t very far away, my mum is in Bury and Andy’s family live in Shropshire and it is helpful to have family around.

“So now is as good a time as any, really.

“There is never a perfect time of course but the good thing about it happening now is that it will mean that I will be at home in Wigan at election time, which is really important to me because Wigan is where our baby will be born, grow up and go to school.

“Wigan has a great reputation for the quality of its schools and support for families so it is a great place to raise a family.

“As a politician the biggest thing is that you can empathise with people in lots of different situations so becoming a mum will show me a whole new range of experiences.

“And I think it is important to politics as a whole that there are working mums and dads in the Houses of Parliament, because it gives you another perspective.

“I have watched Andy Burnham coming backwards and forwards to London and doing a great job managing to raise young children while being an MP.

“A lot of people have asked us how we cope and obviously for half to week I do work 200 miles from where I live, but there are lots of families in this town who have their own challenges bringing up children while working long hours and commuting long distances, so in that respect I won’t be much different.”