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 […]
- New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)Luciana Berger: I add my congratulations to the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis) on the progress of his private Member’s Bill, which contains important reforms that we support. The measures will rebalance the complaints procedure in favour of the citizen and away from the bureaucracy. If someone feels that they have been mistreated or have been the victim of a medical accident...
- New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)Luciana Berger: I will give a brief response on the two proposals of the right hon. Member for North East Hampshire (Mr Arbuthnot) in new clauses 1 and 2. On Third Reading we will perhaps talk at greater length about the merits of the Bill and why it is important that we are here today. I acknowledge that these are intended to be probing amendments to provoke discussion and debate. New clause 2 is...
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Obesity (27 Feb 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of differences in genetic susceptibility to obesity.
- Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Liverpool (27 Feb 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation her Department carried out with Liverpool City Council in advance of the recent decision by her Department to make Liverpool the place failed asylum seekers must go to lodge their final appeals.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services: Children (27 Feb 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects that the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Dataset will start publishing data; and if he will make a statement.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Hepatitis: Drugs (27 Feb 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 19 January 2015 to Questions 219601 and 219602, when NHS England plans to make an accouncement regarding its plans for patients with cirrhosis from April 2015; and whether funding will be made available to support those patients to access treatment.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS (27 Feb 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will publish the Report by Sir Stuart Rose on NHS Leadership.
- Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Disadvantaged (26 Feb 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her policy on early years interventions of the study by Professor James Heckman on the economics of human potential.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (26 Feb 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on phasing out all block contracts for mental health services; and if he will make a statement.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospitals: Hygiene (26 Feb 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals meet each star level of the Food Standards Agency hygiene standards.
Supporting the difference Fairtrade can make (28 Feb 2015)
I am backing Fairtrade Fortnight to offer my support to small-scale farmer organisations and plantations that do the right thing. The Fairtrade label means that the products we buy come from organisations and companies that protect workers’ rights and the environment, pay the Fairtrade Minimum Price and the additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business … Continue reading »
The next generation can do better than the last (27 Feb 2015)
I was pleased to join Liverpool campaigners on the steps of 10 Downing Street today to hand in a petition demanding government action to lift the long-term threat to our Sure Start children’s centres. As a local MP and Shadow Minister for Public Health, I know just how important these centres – introduced by the … Continue reading »
Could you access funding to help improve your club? (27 Feb 2015)
I am hosting a Sport England workshop on Friday March 13 with Sport England experts to help local grassroots sports clubs find out more about accessing financial help. The event will take place at WAM Friendship Centre, Wellington Avenue, Liverpool, L15 0EJ from Noon-2pm. Sport England works with grassroots sport and its investment and expertise … Continue reading »
People are waiting too long for cancer treatment (23 Feb 2015)
In 2014, a record 20,000 people diagnosed with cancer waited too long for treatment to start. Operation waiting lists for all patients hit a seven-year high. Taking social care support away from hundreds of thousands of vulnerable older people helped cause the A&E crisis, while the Tories’ reckless NHS reorganisation is disrupting cancer care. The … Continue reading »
All-party MPs called for concerted efforts to combat anti-semitism (20 Feb 2015)
The rise in anti-semitism in the UK needs to be tackled through urgent action from government, police and prosecution services. That is the conclusion of a group of senior parliamentarians from all the main political parties who examined the rising toll of attacks against Jewish people and organisations. The Community Security Trust, a charity that … Continue reading »
Labour will tackle soaring childcare costs (19 Feb 2015)
New figures out this week show that the cost of childcare has soared by 33 per cent under David Cameron, with families spending £1,533 more this year than they did in 2010. The figures from the Family and Childcare Trust shows that in some parts of the country the cost of childcare has rocketed by … Continue reading »