Louise Ellman was born in Manchester and has a BA Hons from Hull University and an MPhil from York University. She worked in Further Education and at the Open University before her full time political involvement.
Louise was the Leader of Lancashire Council from 1981 to 1997 and has been the Labour and Co-operative MP for Liverpool Riverside since 1997.
She has been Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee since 2008. The Committee has investigated a wide variety of transport issues including motor insurance, High Speed Rail, dealing with bad weather, the coastguard service and buses.
She is a member of the Holocaust Educational Trust and Vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel.
Her political interests include transport, local Government, the Middle East and human trafficking.