New Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Lisa Nandy as his Energy spokesman in the shadow cabinet.
Nandy, 36, was first elected to Westminster in the 2010 election as MP for Wigan – which she held at this year’s election. She replaces Caroline Flint, who stood down after Corbyn’s election as Labour leader.
Born and brought up in north west England, Nandy graduated from Newcastle University in 2001 and went to work for then Labour MP Neil Gerrard, specialising in housing and homelessness. From 2003-2005 she worked for a youth homelessness charity and later spent five years at the Children’s Society.
She was appointed Shadow Education spokesman in the last parliament by former Labour leader Ed Milliband and on her Westminster website page, Nandy lists her political interest as children, housing, low pay, poverty and international corporate accountability
One of her first major duties will be to stand against UK Energy Minister Amber Rudd during this week’s oral and topical questions session, due to take place at 9:30am on Thursday.
Nandy commented: “Energy and climate change are among our biggest global and national challenges – so it’s a huge privilege to represent Labour on this brief”.
Paul McCullagh, Chief Executive of Urban Wind, a Glasgow-based renewable energy company, said: “I welcome the appointment of Lisa Nandy as a young and ambitious minister to the role of shadow energy secretary.
“I hope she can deliver the vigour and drive to push forward Jeremy Corbyn’s ambitious renewable energy policies, and to hold the Government to account for its woeful failure to support the renewable energy sector.”