Barbara has been appointed by Gordon Brown as an Assistant Government Whip in the Prime Minister's recent reshuffle.
The Prime Minister called Barbara after his return from talks with European leaders on the world financial situation.
Government Whips are MPs appointed by the Prime Minister to help organise the Government's work on parliamentary business. Whips work together with the Leader of the House in the Commons, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, to arrange the work of Parliament.
Barbara has been working as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Harriet Harman since June 2007 and was also appointed by Gordon Brown to lead the Labour Party's manifesto work on Social Care.
After being elected as the MP for Worsley in 2005, Barbara became a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Cabinet Office in February 2006 and then a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jim Murphy at the Department of Work and Pensions from 2006 to 2007.
“The Prime Minister called me and invited me to become an Assistant Government Whip. I am honoured to be invited to work in the Government.
"Ministers in the Whips Office help to pass into law the manifesto pledges which are important to people in Worsley. I will continue to work for the best education or training until 18 for every young person; to rebuild or refurbish every local secondary school and to ensure that waiting times on the NHS are slashed to no more than 18 weeks.”