Lisa Nandy is appointed shadow charities minister in Labour reshuffle

The MP for Wigan and former shadow children's minister replaces Gareth Thomas, who becomes shadow minister for Europe

Lisa Nandy MP
Lisa Nandy MP

Lisa Nandy, the MP for Wigan, has replaced Gareth Thomas as shadow charities minister as part of a reshuffle by the Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Nandy, who entered parliament in 2010, was previously shadow minister for children and was senior policy adviser at the Children’s Society before becoming an MP.

In her entry on the parliament website, she lists her political interests as children, housing, low pay, poverty and international corporate accountability.

Nandy will work under Michael Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East, who was announced as shadow minister for the Cabinet Office on Monday.

Thomas, the MP for Harrow West, has held the post since October 2011. In his shadow role he has been active in lobbying for a Community Reinvestment Act that would increase lending in deprived communities. He recently proposed the idea of "reasonable time off work" for trustees and volunteers.

He tweeted last night: "Delighted to join @DAlexanderMP’s team as shadow minister for Europe" and "as my final duty as shadow charities minister tonight I spoke in parliament against the govt's deeply flawed lobbying bill".

Thomas said: "I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being shadow civil society minister. Charities play a vital role in our society and it’s been a privilege to meet and work with so many committed and talented people.

"I wish my successor, Lisa Nandy, the very best – I’m sure she’ll do an excellent job taking the government to task on their failure to support charities."

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