Member of the UK's Labour Party who took office as a Member of Parliament, where she represented Stretford and Urmston, in 2010. She has also served as the chairman of the Women's Parliamentary Labour Party.
She worked at Barclays throughout the '80s and '90s before starting her political career.
She was appointed the Shadow Minister of State for Equalities in 2011.
She had a 21-year marriage to Richard Duncan Mabb that ended in 2006.
She, like Ed Balls , is a Member of England's Parliament.