has been the Member of Parliament for Wirral South since May 2010. She was re-elected to Parliament in the General Election of May 2015.
Before Parliament she was deputy leader of Southwark Labour group of Councillors. She also worked for Network Rail, The Art Fund and Creativity Culture & Education.
She chairs the Strategy Board for the Port Sunlight River Park
, a brand new public park on the site of a former landfill in her constituency. She also brought together the New Ferry Town Team, working for the regeneration of New Ferry town centre.
In Parliament, she has acted as PPS to Rt Hon Gordon Brown, has been a member of the Opposition Whips office and served as a Shadow Minister for International Development before becoming Labour's Shadow Minister for Children and Families in 2014. In May 2015 she joined the Shadow Treasury team as Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Shadow City Minister) and held this position until September 2015. She has also served on the International Development Select Committee.
She writes regularly for Wirral News
, Progress Online
, and the Fabian Society
. Since her election she has appeared on Channel 4 News, BBC Radio 5live, BBC Radio 4, the Daily Politics, the Sunday Politics, CityTalk radio, and various other broadcast political programmes. Alison is also a regular contributor to The Anfield Wrap
, a podcast about Liverpool Football Club.
Alison studied Philosophy at University College London, and in 2005 returned to Birkbeck College, University of London to study Economics. After election to the council of London Borough of Southwark, she served as a trustee on the board of South London Gallery, and as a director of Fusion Leisure Services.
She went to school in her constituency at Brookhurst Primary, then Wirral Grammar School for Girls. She grew up in Bromborough, where her family still lives. She lives with her family in New Ferry, Wirral.
Alison became involved in politics frustrated by watching her home town be left to fail by politicians during her childhood. She believes that, underneath it all, people are all the same, deserving respect, dignity, and hope.