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: Ebola (30 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of post-arrival monitoring of travellers whose travel originated from countries affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Meningitis: Vaccination (30 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2014 to Question 207051, whether a price for the meningitis B vaccine has been agreed with the manufacturer.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Ebola (30 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued on whether people displaying symptoms associated with the Ebola virus should attend accident and emergency departments.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Ebola (30 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the decision by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to tighten infection control guidance for US healthcare settings, what steps he has taken to revise guidance for health workers on caring for patients for Ebola.
- Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Health: Finance (30 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the full-year expenditure in each identified category of the Ring-fenced Public Health Grant was for (a) each local authority and (b) England in 2013-14.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Ebola (30 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what staff have been designated to carry out the screening of passengers travelling from Ebola-affected countries; and what specific training such staff have received.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Pregnancy: Mental Health Services (29 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2014 to Question 211152, which terms used to describe mental health conditions experienced by women during pregnancy and in the first year after their child is born are classifiable within the ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases) classification system used to identify diagnoses in the Hospital Episode...
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Pregnancy: Mental Health Services (29 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2014 to Question 211354, which official at NHS England has the lead responsibility for perinatal mental health services.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Health: Business (29 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the emphasis placed on tackling and preventing lifestyle-related diseases in the NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, whether he has any plans to review and reform the voluntary responsibility deal.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Ebola (29 Oct 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his contribution of 13 October 2014, Official Report, column 30, on bed capacity for dealing with potential Ebola patients, how many additional beds will be made available; and at which hospitals they will be made available.
Tackling the causes of air pollution (30 Oct 2014)
Air pollution is stunting the growth of children’s lungs in ways which will affect them for the rest of their lives. Long-term exposure to air pollution is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths each year in the UK. It is a problem demanding government action, yet in the past four years progress has stalled or … Continue reading »
NHS five-year view endorses Labour’s plan (27 Oct 2014)
A major NHS review shows that Tory spending plans for the NHS would leave a large funding gap and would not be enough to prevent an NHS crisis in the next Parliament. Labour has made a commitment to raise an extra £2.5 billion a year for the NHS through a Mansion Tax on the highest-value … Continue reading »
Planning for Small Business Saturday (25 Oct 2014)
The choice and unique character of our local shops and businesses is greatly valued, not least because small businesses provide almost two-thirds of all private sector employment and almost half of private sector turnover. Each year, we get the chance to celebrate the best that is local on Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday 2013 … Continue reading »
Living with Diabetes Day (16 Oct 2014)
Over 80,000 people are estimated to have Type 2 diabetes across Merseyside. The charity Diabetes UK is running a free event in Liverpool on Saturday for anyone diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes who wants to find out more about the condition. The Living with Diabetes Day will help people manage their condition, improve their day-to-day … Continue reading »
Time to better regulate sunbeds (15 Oct 2014)
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, with sunbed use increasing the likelihood of developing it by up to 50 per cent. Sunbed regulation is an issue that I deeply care about and was delighted to support Liverpool council’s recent conference on the issue. Here in Liverpool, we have even higher … Continue reading »
The threat to our NHS (14 Oct 2014)
Privatisation is the biggest threat to our National Health Service. All the talk at the Tory Party conference of protecting the NHS is worth nothing. The Tories have spent the last four years breaking up the NHS in an unwanted top-down, £3 billion re-organisation. This has led to longer waiting times and crucial treatment targets … Continue reading »