Lisa Eva Nandy (born 9 August 1979) is a British Labour Party
politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wigan since
2010, and served under
Jeremy Corbyn as Shadow Secretary of State
for Energy and Climate Change from September 2015 until June
2016. Preceding this, she had served as the Shadow Minister for
Children and then the Shadow Minister for Charities.
1 Early life and career
2 Political career
2.1 Wigan MP
2.2 Shadow Cabinet
2.3 2016 leadership election
3 Personal life
5 External links
Early life and career
Nandy was born in
Manchester to Luise Nandy (née Byers) and her
then-husband Dipak Nandy. Luise Byers' father, Lord (Frank)
Byers, had been a Liberal Party MP and held many offices in the
party. Nandy grew up both in
Manchester and in Bury, Greater
Manchester, to where her family later moved.
Nandy was educated at Parrs Wood High School, a mixed
comprehensive school in East
Didsbury in Manchester, followed by Holy
Bury and Newcastle University, Tyne and Wear, from
which she graduated in 2001 with a degree in politics and obtained a
master's degree in public policy from Birkbeck, University of London.
Nandy 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
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
Nandy served as a Labour councillor for Hammersmith Broadway 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.
She was appointed to the
Education Select Committee on 12 July
2010 and was appointed
Parliamentary Private Secretary
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. In October
2013 she was appointed shadow charities minister.
Following Labour's election defeat in May 2015 and Ed Miliband's
subsequent resignation as party leader, there was some media
speculation that Nandy would announce her candidacy in the leadership
contest. Nandy declined and endorsed Andy Burnham. In August
2015, Owen Jones, the left-wing journalist, revealed in a blog post
that he initially tried to draft Nandy into running for the leadership
– the recent birth of her son, however, prevented such a campaign
from materialising. Nandy has also been touted as an MP who could
potentially succeed Jeremy Corbyn, before the next general
On 14 September 2015, it was announced that Nandy had been appointed
to serve as
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in
the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn. Along with many colleagues,
she resigned from her post on 27 June 2016.
2016 leadership election
Nandy at the 2016 Labour Party Conference
In the wake of the resignation of dozens of shadow ministers, Nandy
was approached by members of the
Parliamentary Labour Party who wanted
her to stand against
Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership election that was
to unfold. MPs felt that Nandy and eventual candidate
Owen Smith were
both soft left politicians who 'Corbynites' could vote for; however,
Nandy declined to stand and instead served as co-chair of Smith's
After the election resulted in Corbyn's re-election, Nandy announced
that she did not intend to return to the frontbench without the
re-introduction of Shadow Cabinet elections, which had been abolished
Ed Miliband in 2011 (the last election being held in 2010). She
also spoke of the abuse she had received for not supporting Corbyn,
which she described as leaving her "genuinely frightened". She
compared her treatment to that which she had received at the hand of
the far-right when she first campaigned to become MP for Wigan in
Her partner, Andy Collis, is a public relations consultant. She has a
son, who was born in Wigan Infirmary in April 2015.
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