In October 2013, I was appointed Shadow Minister for Public Health, having previously served as Shadow Minister for Climate Change.
I am a child of Thatcher’s Britain. Born shortly after she came to power, I had my childhood in the 80s and 90s. I was only young, but I remember what it was like. It was a nasty, spiteful, shameful period in our history. I’m in politics to make sure that we never go back.
I grew up in Wembley, on the edge of London, in a close, Jewish family. My Dad runs a shop which is a family business and my Mum works as part of the patient and family support team in a Palliative Care Unit. My grandad sold ladies fashions from a market stall across Northampton. My brother is a musician.
Before entering Parliament, I was a member of the Co-operative Party’s National Youth Committee, serving as its Vice Chair.
- Lack of commitment from Government on Energy Bill (11 Jun 2013)Energy Bill fails to provide much-needed support for co-operative and community energy schemes
- Luciana Berger visits Brixton Energy co-operative (15 Feb 2013)The scheme includes two solar projects which are the first in the UK to be installed on social housing
- Marking International Women’s Day (7 Mar 2012)The Co-operative Party Women’s Network was established for women in the Party to co-operate to help each other, offering their time and talents, experience and expertise. To celebrate International Women’s Day, some of our current women in politics offer some words of advice and inspiration to our aspiring politicians. The best piece of advice anyone […]
- Twigg to Education, Thomas now Shadow Minister for Co-ops (10 Oct 2011)Several Co-operative MPs, including some elected to Parliament in 2010, have featured prominently in Ed Miliband’s reshuffle of the shadow frontbench team over the weekend. Joining Ed Balls MP and Lord Steve Bassam in Shadow Cabinet will be Stephen Twigg, Labour & Co-operative MP for Liverpool West Derby since 2010 and now Shadow Education Secretary. […]
- The co-operative week in Westminster (16 Sep 2011)Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune rounds up the latest from Parliament with the work of Co-operative Parliamentarians. This regular column will briefly round up some of the important or noteworthy pieces of Parliamentary activity and business for co-operators each week. It will highlight the work being done by Co-operative Party MPs and co-operators in Westminster. Of […]
- Luciana Berger: The Government’s Energy Bill fails co-ops (8 Jun 2011)Since its introduction in the House of Lords in December the Energy Bill has been quietly making its way through Parliament and has now reached committee stage in the commons. While it may not have been grabbing the headlines like other government plans, there is still much for those of us concerned with promoting co-operative […]
- Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Birth Rate (12 Sep 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of births that will take place in England in each of the next 10 years.
- Written Answers — Justice: Youth Justice (12 Sep 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the national youth justice budget was in each of the last three years.
- Written Answers — Health: Health (11 Sep 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local authorities have (a) submitted satisfactory Statements of Assurance, (b) submitted unsatisfactory Statements of Assurance and (c) failed to submit Statements of Assurance for the Public Health Grant for 2013-14;
- Written Answers — Health: Nurses (11 Sep 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many acute, elderly and general nurses were employed in (a) each NHS region and (b) each Agenda for Change band in (i) May 2010 and (ii) May 2014; (2) how many nurses were employed in each Agenda for Change band in (a) May 2010 and (b) May 2014; (3) how many nurses were employed in each NHS region in May (a) 2010 and (b) 2014.
- Written Answers — Justice: Probation Service (9 Sep 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the Government's strategy is on the future of the probation service.
- Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Lead: Industrial Health and Safety (8 Sep 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government is taking to protect the health of painters and decorators at work in relation to lead paint.
- Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Lead: Industrial Health and Safety (8 Sep 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions have been brought against employers in respect of exposure of employees to lead in each of the last three years.
- Written Answers — Health: General Practitioners (5 Sep 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs (a) excluding retainers and registrars and (b) including retainers but excluding registrars there were in the financial year (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2013-14.
- Written Answers — Defence: Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (5 Sep 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency received in each year since 2010; and whether those complaints have been categorised.
- Written Answers — Health: Meningitis: Vaccination (5 Sep 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to introduce the meningitis B vaccine.
Bringing together mental health, physical health and social care (24 Sep 2014)
It was great to hear Labour Leader Ed Miliband put an integrated health service that brings together mental health, physical health and social care at the heart of our plans for government. With 3,000 more midwives, 5,000 more care workers, 8,000 more GPs, and 20,000 more nurses we will be able to reverse the Tory … Continue reading »
Keeping online debate free from hate (18 Sep 2014)
The rise in digital technologies, social networking and media convergence has meant that more and more people are viewing content online. A rise in the reporting of internet trolls, spamming and online hate crime has meant that media sites have found themselves forced to take a tighter control of what users publish on their websites. … Continue reading »
Stepping out for health and wellbeing (15 Sep 2014)
We live in a beautiful, vibrant city, and I was lucky enough to be reminded of that yet again when I joined a Walk for Health session organised by the city council and Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust. The proven health benefits of building some gentle regular physical exercise like walking into a daily routine … Continue reading »
I am heading back Down Your Street (12 Sep 2014)
Politicians are out of step with people’s real concerns – right? I say wrong. I have begun the latest round in my bid to meet as many people as possible face-to-face across the Wavertree constituency. I write to residents in advance and people can put a poster in the window inviting me to knock on their … Continue reading »
Sign up for adventure and development (9 Sep 2014)
The next Prince’s Trust Team programme for young people looking for adventure and personal development starts on September 15 – so if you are interested, think about signing up now. The Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service scheme is run out of Toxteth Firefit Hub and lasts for 12 weeks. It is aimed at people aged … Continue reading »
Mental health at the heart of our vision (8 Sep 2014)
Labour leader Ed Miliband has committed to making mental health a priority for the next Labour government. I know that as the shadow minister responsible for mental health we are putting it at the heart of Labour’s vision for an integrated health and social care system. This is to make sure that mental health gets … Continue reading »