Barbara has been appointed by the Prime Minister to be the Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.
The new role means Barbara will be supporting the Leader of the House, Harriet Harman, in handling the business of Parliament. She will also be responsible for correspondence, freedom of information and green issues in the House of Commons.
Barbara has been an Assistant Government Whip since October 2008, and prior to this was the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Harriet Harman in June 2007, PPS to the Cabinet Office in February 2006, and PPS to Jim Murphy at the Department of Work and Pensions from 2006 to 2007.
"My first priority as an MP is always the people of Worsley. I will work hard for better public transport and will continue to challenge proposals that may harm quality of life in the area, such as the recent M60 widening proposals. I will also work towards a better system of social care to improve the lives of local carers.
“I am honoured to take up this new position as the Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and I look forward to helping plan the passage of Bills into law. I will also be working with the Leader of the House on a variety of reforms to the way the House of Commons works for MPs of all parties.”