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 […]
- Cyber-Bullying and Digital Anonymity (23 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: I should like to thank the police in Merseyside for taking an online hate crime against me very seriously. This resulted in a conviction last week. What more can the Minister do, along with colleagues in other Departments, to encourage as many people as possible across the country to report any hate crime that they might experience, confident in the knowledge that the authorities will do...
- Backbench Business: Oral Hormone Pregnancy Tests (23 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton South East (Yasmin Qureshi) and the other sponsors of the debate for ensuring that the House discusses an issue that has been ongoing and unresolved for 40 years. I greatly admire my hon. Friend for her tireless campaigning on behalf of the families, who have never received the answers they deserve. I thank other Members for their thoughtful...
- Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Nurses (21 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: Research published yesterday by the Centre for Mental Health and the London School of Economics shows that perinatal mental illness is costing our economy more than £8 billion each year. Does the Minister think it is acceptable that half of mums do not have access to a service, are being separated from their babies, are being forced to travel hundreds of miles for a bed, or are not...
- Foetal Alcohol Syndrome — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (14 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Sefton Central (Bill Esterson) on securing this debate and on his powerful speech. I am delighted that hon. Members have had the opportunity to debate an issue that is often overlooked. I pay tribute to those organisations that continue to campaign tirelessly on this issue. We have...
- 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 — 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 — 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.
Living with Diabetes Day (16 Oct 2014)
Over 80,000 people are estimated to have Type 2 diabetes across Merseyside. The charity Diabetes UK is running a free event in Liverpool on Saturday for anyone diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes who wants to find out more about the condition. The Living with Diabetes Day will help people manage their condition, improve their day-to-day … Continue reading »
Time to better regulate sunbeds (15 Oct 2014)
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, with sunbed use increasing the likelihood of developing it by up to 50 per cent. Sunbed regulation is an issue that I deeply care about and was delighted to support Liverpool council’s recent conference on the issue. Here in Liverpool, we have even higher … Continue reading »
The threat to our NHS (14 Oct 2014)
Privatisation is the biggest threat to our National Health Service. All the talk at the Tory Party conference of protecting the NHS is worth nothing. The Tories have spent the last four years breaking up the NHS in an unwanted top-down, £3 billion re-organisation. This has led to longer waiting times and crucial treatment targets … Continue reading »
Celebrating World Mental Health Day (10 Oct 2014)
Today is World Mental Health Day, organised by the United Nations and marked in over 100 countries around the world. It is a great opportunity to find out more about an issue that is still surrounded by stigma. Time to Change is launching a new campaign to encourage us all to do the little things … Continue reading »
Bringing jobs and growth to Liverpool (8 Oct 2014)
I recently pressed the deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg about why Liverpool is not represented on his Northern Futures initiative which is supposed to bring together ideas to ‘create a vibrant Northern hub so it can compete with the biggest cities around the world.’ His offer of a government email address as an alternative to … Continue reading »
Putting local people back in charge (7 Oct 2014)
The vote by the people of Scotland to stay within the UK has underlined why we are better together and why we need to give careful consideration to how we make sure everyone is able to express their voice for change. I believe that we need further devolution of power within England, we need reform … Continue reading »