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.
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- 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 — Health: Liver Diseases: Children (22 Jul 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2014, Official Report, column 516W, on liver diseases, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in hospital admissions for primary and secondary liver disease in children since 2010.
- Written Answers — Health: Health Services (22 Jul 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce inequalities covering his public health functions for the whole population.
- Written Answers — Health: Anticoagulants (22 Jul 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the amount that the NHS would have saved if the anti-coagulant drug Heparin were used instead of Bivalirudin during cardiac procedures in each year since 2010; (2) what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the anti-coagulant drug Bivalirudin.
- Written Answers — Health: Health (22 Jul 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer on 21 November 2013, what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities currently employing acting or interim directors of public health; and what steps he is taking to fill such posts on a more permanent basis.
- Written Answers — Health: Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (22 Jul 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of training for midwives on foetal alcohol syndrome.
- Written Answers — Health: Health: Business (22 Jul 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations have withdrawn from the Responsibility Deal; and for what reason they withdrew.
- Written Answers — Health: Vaccination (22 Jul 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of moving the immunisation co-ordinator role from primary care trust into commissioning positions on the availability of immunisation advice to nurse-based practitioners.
- Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Accountancy: Females (22 Jul 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the auditing by accountancy firms of their appointment of women to their boards.
- Written Answers — Health: Mental Health Services (21 Jul 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places for mental health talking therapists were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in each of the last five years as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.
- Written Answers — Health: Pregnant Women (21 Jul 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the trial publication online of the red book for expectant mothers.
Giving young people the skills to succeed (28 Jul 2014)
Labour will open up new routes to success for young people, including new technical degrees that recognise the value of practical skills in the workplace. For a 14 year old following the traditional academic path there is a clear route through GCSEs to ‘A’ levels and on to university. But half of our youngsters do [...]
Getting excited about the Giants Spectacular (24 Jul 2014)
I’m getting so excited about the Giants coming to the constituency. I’ve had a sneak preview as Grandmother prepared in St George’s Hall for her journey around our city this weekend. The queues outside the hall yesterday for the first day of two days of previews were testimony to the Giants’ popularity. Grandmother is amazing [...]
Huge potential to cut cancer death toll (21 Jul 2014)
There have been major advances in the fight against cancer over the last 40 years. Two in four people diagnosed with cancer today in the UK will survive their disease for at least 10 years, compared to just one in four in the early 1970s. In the North West, this means that around 19,000 people [...]
Join in a day of action for young women (18 Jul 2014)
A day of inspiring talks, interactive sessions and a sharing of ideas is promised for tomorrow when girls and young women aged 14-21 come together to debate rights and empowerment and showcase positive examples for change. Youth for Change is hosted by the United Nations. Girls and young women can get involved through live streaming [...]
Vote Labour to get rid of the bedroom tax (17 Jul 2014)
Sometimes the unbelievable hypocrisy of the Lib Dems has to be seen and heard to be believed. They claimed today to be shocked and disturbed about the human cost of the bedroom tax. The Lib Dems are part of this government. Lib Dems voted for the bedroom tax. There wouldn’t be a bedroom tax if [...]
Highlighting the digital divide (16 Jul 2014)
I was able to visit two TUC digital hubs on Lodge Lane, L8 recently to see the great work they are doing to help people use technology to gain more control over their own health. The hubs are funded through the Mi – the ‘more independent health initiative’ and facilitated by the TUC to help [...]