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 for Work and Pensions: Jobcentre Plus: Mental Health Services (26 Nov 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of jobcentres have a private room in which Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services can take place.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Prisons: Mental Health Services (23 Nov 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health in-patient units and beds there have been in English prisons in each year since 2010.
- Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Stress (23 Nov 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to address stress-related sickness absence in the police force.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services: Finance (23 Nov 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that CCGs do not reduce expenditure on mental health budgets to cover deficits in the acute hospital sector.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Illness (23 Nov 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will respond to the Cabinet Office funded report relating to early deaths among people with mental health problems.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Illness: LGBT People (23 Nov 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to address the higher incidence of mental illness among young LGBT people.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (20 Nov 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of NHS mental health patients being treated in non-NHS institutions has been in each of the last three years.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services: Children and Young People (20 Nov 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on implementing the aspirations in NHS England's report entitled, The Future in Mind, published in October 2012.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services: Children and Young People (20 Nov 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Department of Education on the provision of specialist mental health services for children and young people who have been victims of (a) child sexual exploitation, (b) bereavement and (c) abuse.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services: Children and Young People (20 Nov 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in preparation for the introduction of waiting time targets for child and adolescent mental health services; and when he plans for those waiting times to come into effect.
Our future economic prospects at risk (27 Nov 2015)
Thank you to everyone who helped force two major concessions from Chancellor George Osborne during this week’s Spending Review. First, he was made to recognise that his planned tax credit cuts that would have cost millions of working families an average of £1,300 a year from next April, had to be dropped. Second, a concerted … Continue reading »
Would you like me to visit on Small Business Saturday? (27 Nov 2015)
Small Business Saturday – December 5 – is now the biggest annual celebration of small businesses in the UK – and Labour helped make it happen. It is non-party political. Labour started the campaign but it has attracted support from all parties. Small Business Saturday enables us to put centre stage the great work that … Continue reading »
Labour’s economic alternative – long-term health of the economy (23 Nov 2015)
On Wednesday, Chancellor George Osborne will deliver the Tory government’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement, setting out its spending plans and economic strategy for the rest of the parliament. We will finally discover if the Chancellor is going to u-turn on cuts to tax credits and what he will do to police budgets. Thanks to … Continue reading »
Building up support for Small Business Saturday (19 Nov 2015)
I was delighted to join shadow small business secretary Bill Esterson on the Small Business Saturday tour bus during its recent visit to Liverpool to raise support in the run up to the main event on Saturday December 5. Small and independent businesses make a vital contribution to our community, add to the character of … Continue reading »
Celebrating democracy with Parliament Week 2015 (16 Nov 2015)
Parliament Week (November 16-22) is designed to get more people involved in the democratic process. The national programme of events and activities connects people with parliamentary democracy across the UK. It is a great time to remind ourselves that the ballot box is open for every person registered to vote – no matter who they … Continue reading »
Tax credit plans must be reversed (14 Nov 2015)
Labour has forced the Tory government to put on hold its plans to impose an average £1,300 a year work penalty on families receiving tax credits. But Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to explain what the government intends to do, raising the possibility that new cuts are just around the corner. We need Chancellor … Continue reading »