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: Health: Business (16 Dec 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many companies have signed Public Health Responsibility Deal pledges with measurable targets; and how many such companies have met those targets.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination: Travellers (16 Dec 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the Gypsy and Traveller community who have received immunisations recommended by the NHS.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Tobacco: Packaging (16 Dec 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the latest date is by which his Department could table regulatory proposals on the standardised packaging of tobacco under the Children and Families Act 2014, if they were to be voted on before the end of this Parliament.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Obesity: Children (16 Dec 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many child inpatient admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity there have been in each of the last five years.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Smoking (16 Dec 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on NHS smoking cessation services in each of the last five years.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (16 Dec 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding mental health trusts have received in real-terms in each of the last five years.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Miscarriage (16 Dec 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of women who have requested counselling after suffering a miscarriage; and how many such women have received such counselling.
- Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local Authority Finance (15 Dec 2014)Luciana Berger: What assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report published by the National Audit Office entitled, “Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities 2014”, published in November 2014, HC 783; and if he will make a statement.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Eating Disorders (15 Dec 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister on 2 December 2014, on a £150 million investment to transform treatment for eating disorders, what the source of that funding is.
- Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Infant Mortality (15 Dec 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the infant mortality rate was in England in the last year for which figures are available; and what the infant mortality rate for the Gypsy and Traveller community was in England in that period.
Getting serious about the ballooning deficit (16 Dec 2014)
Labour is serious about dealing with the deficit that has ballooned under the Tory led government in a fair and balanced way so that we can restore health to our economy. People are struggling with the cost of living crisis and not feeling the economic recovery. The Tory led government would have you believe that … Continue reading »
Congratulations to Christmas card design prize-winner (15 Dec 2014)
I had a wonderful response from primary schools across the constituency to my Design a Christmas Card competition and was delighted to present the top prize to a school assembly at St Anne’s (Stanley) School in Old Swan. Evelyn Buckley, 9, from St Anne’s won with her Santa flying across a moonlit Liverpool skyline urging … Continue reading »
Pledge to help small businesses throughout the year (12 Dec 2014)
Thank you to everyone who supported Small Business Saturday. It proved a big success with a fantastic focus on the great contribution our local traders make to the local community and economy. I visited businesses across Liverpool Wavertree, met people dedicated to quality customer service and spotted some wonderful offers in the run up to … Continue reading »
Latest Safe Haven launches at Old Swan Fire Station (8 Dec 2014)
I was pleased to support the launch of the latest Liverpool Safe Haven, based at the Old Swan Fire Station on Queens Drive. A safe haven is a place where anyone feeling vulnerable or at risk can go to if they feel under threat of harm. The idea stems back to 2008, when 16-year-old Jimmy … Continue reading »
Out and about to support Small Business Saturday (6 Dec 2014)
I am visiting shops and companies across Liverpool Wavertree today – Small Business Saturday – to thank them for the vital contribution they make to our communities and the local economy. Last year, thanks to so many people deciding to ‘shop small and spend local’, we turned Small Business Saturday into a national grass-roots campaign to … Continue reading »
Saying a big thank you to postal workers (5 Dec 2014)
Many people work longer, harder hours at Christmas, and postal workers are amongst the hardest-working people at this time of year. It was a great privilege to meet postal workers at Mossley Hill and South Eastern delivery offices to say a big thank you for their efforts and to wish them all the best over … Continue reading »