'I admire any politician who sees their role as an educator and shaper of public opinion and doesn’t just follow opinion polls or parrot their party line.'

Lisa was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wigan in May 2010, and is now  Shadow Minister for Civil Society with responsibility for charities.

She grew up in the North West of England and lives in the centre of Wigan. Lisa joined Labour after witnessing the devastation communities across the North West torn apart during the Thatcher era. 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.

Lisa is a member of the CWU and UNITE union‘s and has been a supporter and grassroots activist in the trade union movement ever since her first job in a call centre. She lists Sure Start, the Winter Fuel Payment and the Minimum Wage as amongst Labour’s most important policies since 1997.