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 […]
- Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Services (25 Nov 2014)Luciana Berger: The Minister talks about parity of esteem, but it is under this Government that mental health budgets have been unfairly cut, and 1,500 beds and 3,300 nurses have been lost. He has already received a damning Select Committee report on child and adolescent mental health services. Ill people are being locked in police cells, or are travelling hundreds of miles to find a bed. The Minister could...
- Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS (25 Nov 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) accident and emergency departments, (b) NHS trusts, (c) NHS foundation trusts and (d) mental health trusts he has visited in an official capacity in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 to date.
- Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Licensing Laws (25 Nov 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions under legislation prohibiting alcohol sales to intoxicated persons there have been in each year since 2010.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Professions: Regulation (25 Nov 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish his response to the Law Commission Review of the Regulation of Health Care Professionals published in April 2014; and what his policy is towards the proposal that the Nursing and Midwifery Council should close the specialist public health nursing part of their register.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Meningitis: Vaccination (25 Nov 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to negotiate an agreement on the price of the vaccine for meningococcal B.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Professions: Standards (24 Nov 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which medical professionals are required to undergo re-certification or re-validation; and how often each such group of professionals are required to undergo such re-certification or re-validation.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (24 Nov 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to Question 213815, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the proportion of eligible discharges which are not followed up within seven days.
- Written Answers — Department for Education: Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood Review (24 Nov 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to her Department was of the Bailey Review on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: HIV Infection (21 Nov 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to tackle the stigma around HIV and AIDS.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Genito-urinary Medicine (21 Nov 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who in his Department is responsible for implementation of the Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England.
Supporting the Big Love Sista campaign (24 Nov 2014)
I am backing a great new initiative to recruit 100 women in Liverpool to paint self-portraits to support vulnerable women in the city. After Liverpool, the NHS-backed Stand up for Sista-hood project rolls out to London and across the country to paint 1,000 self-portraits in total to embark on an international tour. Women in Knowsley … Continue reading »
I’m backing the Bill to restore our NHS (21 Nov 2014)
I am backing my colleague Clive Efford’s Private Member’s Bill today aimed at restoring our National Health Service. The Bill would overturn Tory rules that force compulsory tendering of all NHS contracts and restore the Secretary of State’s responsibility for the NHS. Under the Tories’ damaging Health and Social Care Act, enforced competition and creeping … Continue reading »
Government needs to act on Meningitis B (18 Nov 2014)
I was pleased to be able to host the Meningitis Now charity in the House of Commons recently and back their demand for the government to end delays and introduce a vaccine to protect babies against Meningitis B as soon as possible. The UK has one of the world’s highest Meningitis B rates and it … Continue reading »
Join the Parliament Week Thunderclap for democracy (16 Nov 2014)
I had a great reception from local students when I told them on Friday about Parliament Week taking place all this week and how every voter in the land is a powerful voice for democracy. Tomorrow at noon, people on social media can use Thunderclap to start a conversation with Parliament that resonates across the … Continue reading »
General Election is just six months away (14 Nov 2014)
Every door we knock on and every conversation we have brings Labour closer to winning the election in May 2015. My Down Your Street visits, school gate meetings, regular surgeries and campaigning across the constituency give me one consistent message – people are hurting and want change. People want the chance to improve their lives, … Continue reading »
Backing Keep Your Cool campaign (13 Nov 2014)
The law is failing to protect shopworkers from abuse and assault. That is why I am backing the Keep Your Cool at Christmas campaign launched this week by shopworkers’ union Usdaw. The campaign points to rising tension levels in stores during the Christmas shopping period and reinforces the message that abuse is not part of … Continue reading »