Nandy promoted to Labour front bench

Lisa Nandy MP
Lisa Nandy MP
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WIGAN MP Lisa Nandy has been promoted to Labour’s front bench in a shadow cabinet reshuffle.

Nandy replaces Catherine McKinnell as shadow minister for children and young families in one of a number of changes announced earlier today.

The reshuffle - the third among Labour frontbenchers since the last general election - was prompted by the resignation of Welsh Secretary Peter Hain on Monday, who says he wants to go back to his constituency to campaign for the Severn Barrage, a potentially major infrastructure project on the mouth of the River Severn.

Nandy grew up in the North West of England and lives in the centre of Wigan. Before entering Parliament she worked for a national children’s charity, The Children’s Society, helping to ensure that children who are abused, ill-treated or growing up in poverty get the help they need from Government and wider society.

Lisa joined the Labour Party after witnessing the devastation Thatcher’s Government caused to communities across the North West. She has been active in her community ever since – as a school governor, a charity trustee, a director of a local theatre and as a Labour councillor leading on housing and regeneration.