Barbara has been appointed Shadow Minister for Local Government, working with Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Caroline Flint.
Prior to her election as the MP for Worsley in 2005, Barbara was a councillor in Trafford from 1995 to 2004. She was Council Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Social Services for 2 years and also held portfolios for Health and Children and Young People.
In her early career, Barbara was a Systems Engineering Manager for IBM. She has worked on Community Regeneration and as an adviser to a national charity on Health and Social Care issues.
“I am delighted to take on the role of Shadow Minister for Local Government. This is a critical time for local government as the Conservative Liberal Democrat government forces ahead with its cuts plan which poses a great threat to valued public services. I will oppose cuts which are too deep and too soon and cuts which are reckless in the way they damage services for people who are frail or vulnerable.
“I am keen to work with colleagues in local authorities to find ways through this difficult time and to preserve all that is best for our local public services.”