Politics and Parliament
Green joined the Labour Party in 1990 and stood unsuccessfully in the 1997 General Election as the Labour Party candidate for the Greater London constituency of Cities of London and Westminster. She contested the 2000 London Assembly election in the West Central constituency, again not being elected. In 2009, Green was selected as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Stretford and Urmston through an all-women shortlist following Beverley Hughes's announcement that she would not be seeking re-election She was elected as Member of Parliament on 6 May 2010 securing 48.6% of the vote, increasing the majority Hughes gained in the 2005 general election.
Since entering Parliament, Green has been elected as a Vice-Chair of the Labour Party's National Policy Forum and serves as the chairman of the Women's Parliamentary Labour Party.
Following a reshuffle of Labour's shadow ministerial team in October 2011, Green was promoted to shadow Minister of State for Equalities at the Government Equalities Office, working alongside Yvette Cooper.
In February 2012, Green complained about a beer sold in the House of Commons Stranger's Bar, called Top Totty. The advertising plate on the pump handle featured an image of a bikini-clad bunny girl, which Green said "demeaned women". Leader of the House Sir George Young upheld her complaint and had the beer removed.
Following a reshuffle of Labour's shadow ministerial team in October 2013, Green was promoted to Shadow Minister for Disabled People, a position she resigned in the June 2016!