Barbara Keeley was brought up in Leeds but she has lived in the North West for 30 years. She took her degree in Politics and Contemporary History at Salford University.
In her early career, Barbara worked in the IT industry for IBM as a Systems Engineer and a Systems Engineering Manager. She has also been self-employed, working locally and nationally with charities.
Barbara worked on regeneration in Salford, Manchester and Rochdale and as an Area Manager for a charity making placements for people from industry and the public sector on projects in charities. Barbara worked for three years leading on a research project for a national carers’ charity. She has three published reports from this work on carers’ issues and she has campaigned for 10 years in Parliament to improve support for unpaid family carers.
Barbara was the MP for Worsley from 2005 and for Worsley and Eccles South from 2010, based at an office in Walkden. From 2008 to 2010, Barbara was a Minister in the Labour Government working first on Equalities then as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.
As an Opposition MP since 2010, Barbara worked in the Communities and Local Government, Health and Treasury teams. She is a member of the Health Select Committee and joint chair of the All Party Group on Women’ Sport.
Barbara likes running and has run a number of 10k races in Salford and Manchester to raise funds for charities.