"Alison became chair of Progress in October 2015. She has been member of parliament for Wirral South since May 2010. She was re-elected to Parliament in the general election of May 2015, increasing her majority by over 4,000 votes to 4,599. She was appointed as vice-chair of Progress during the last parliament. A former councillor in the London borough of Southwark, in the last parliament she acted as parliamentary private secretary to Gordon Brown, was 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."