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 — Department of Health: Mental Health Services: Children (26 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 228266, what proportion of children and young people who were referred for early intervention treatment in psychosis services started that treatment within two weeks of that referral in the latest quarter for which data is available.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Smoking (26 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services, England - April 2014 to September 2014, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre in January 2015, what assessment he has made of the factors that have contributed to the decline in the number of people who have reported stopping smoking through an NHS Stop Smoking Service.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Illness: Suicide (26 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients discharged from mental health in-patient care have taken their own life within (a) one week and (b) two weeks of that discharge in each year since 2010; and how many investigations have been undertaken into those deaths.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: In Vitro Fertilisation (26 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on the provision of in-vitro fertilisation in each year since 2010.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (26 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 227902, what assessment he has made of whether mental health services are adequately prioritised in clinical commissioning groups' spending plans.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Patients: Safety (25 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether face-down physical restraint is included in the list of never ever events that must be reported to the Strategic Executive Information System.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Hepatitis: Drugs (25 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 27 February 2015 to Questions 225235 and 225238, by what process NHS England is developing the interim commissioning policies referred to in those Answers; whether funding has been allocated to support those policies; and whether those policies have been discussed by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Childbirth (25 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many recorded episodes of births before admission there were in each year since 2009-10.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services: Young People (25 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts across the country have a youth advisory partnership group or similar engagement provision for young people using services.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (25 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and which police forces directly refer people with mental health problems into primary mental health services.
Four million conversations on the doorstep (2 May 2015)
Labour campaigners have held over four million conversations on doorsteps across Britain in the run up to the crucial vote on Thursday May 7. A huge thank you to everyone who has joined me across Liverpool Wavertree already and I am determined that together, between now and Thursday, we will reach as many more people … Continue reading »
Labour will abolish the bedroom tax (1 May 2015)
We will abolish the bedroom tax from day one of the next Labour government. The bedroom tax is indefensible, cruel and it doesn’t even work. It hits half a million families across the UK, two thirds of which include a disabled person. It hits 200,000 children and 60,000 carers. These are people any government should … Continue reading »
Labour will get people into decent homes (1 May 2015)
Labour has a comprehensive plan to help people get the decent homes they deserve. Labour will reduce stamp duty to zero for first time buyers of homes worth up to £300,000 – a saving of as much as £5,000 for people seeking to get on the property ladder. We will give first time buyers that … Continue reading »
Making a real difference to people with disabilities (30 Apr 2015)
Labour in government will make a huge difference to the lives of people with disabilities. Our country will only succeed when everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential, and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Over the last five years much has got worse. For instance, the disability employment gap has flatlined … Continue reading »
Tories plan raid on child benefits (30 Apr 2015)
The Tories have drawn up plans to take thousands of pounds away from millions of families. They plan to cut £3.8 billion from the Tax Credits working families rely on. They plan to include Child Benefit in Universal Credit, meaning a cut of more than £1,100 a year for 4.3 million families. They also plan … Continue reading »
Labour has a better plan for women and equality (24 Apr 2015)
Labour has a better plan for women and equality that will make a real difference to millions of lives. One in four women are paid below a Living Wage and 60 per cent of the jobs created for women since 2010 have been in low paid sectors. Labour will increase the National Minimum Wage to … Continue reading »