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: Mental Health Services: Children (26 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 228266, what proportion of children and young people who were referred for early intervention treatment in psychosis services started that treatment within two weeks of that referral in the latest quarter for which data is available.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Smoking (26 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services, England - April 2014 to September 2014, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre in January 2015, what assessment he has made of the factors that have contributed to the decline in the number of people who have reported stopping smoking through an NHS Stop Smoking Service.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Illness: Suicide (26 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients discharged from mental health in-patient care have taken their own life within (a) one week and (b) two weeks of that discharge in each year since 2010; and how many investigations have been undertaken into those deaths.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: In Vitro Fertilisation (26 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on the provision of in-vitro fertilisation in each year since 2010.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (26 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 227902, what assessment he has made of whether mental health services are adequately prioritised in clinical commissioning groups' spending plans.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Patients: Safety (25 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether face-down physical restraint is included in the list of never ever events that must be reported to the Strategic Executive Information System.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Hepatitis: Drugs (25 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 27 February 2015 to Questions 225235 and 225238, by what process NHS England is developing the interim commissioning policies referred to in those Answers; whether funding has been allocated to support those policies; and whether those policies have been discussed by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Childbirth (25 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many recorded episodes of births before admission there were in each year since 2009-10.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services: Young People (25 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts across the country have a youth advisory partnership group or similar engagement provision for young people using services.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (25 Mar 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and which police forces directly refer people with mental health problems into primary mental health services.
Join in the campaign to elect Labour’s new leader (26 May 2015)
Following the General Election, we have a stronger Labour voice across Merseyside, with Labour MP Margaret Greenwood defeating Tory minister Esther McVey and all Liverpool MPs returning with increased majorities. There is, though, no hiding the fact that Labour had a terrible election result nationally. I share people’s frustrations and fears about what the next … Continue reading »
A huge honour to serve as MP for Liverpool Wavetree (22 May 2015)
I was sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree this week. It is an enormous privilege and a great responsibility. I have pledged to work everyday to do you proud over the next five year and make sure that the views and opinions of the people of our city are heard loud and clear … Continue reading »
A huge thank you for a wonderful vote of support (15 May 2015)
A huge ‘thank-you’ to everyone who voted in Liverpool Wavertree and helped deliver an increased majority for Labour in the constituency. 28,401 voted for Labour locally, which was an increase of 16.2 per cent on the result of 2010. That represents 69.3 per cent of the total vote and one of the biggest swings to … Continue reading »
We can make a real difference – please use your two votes for Labour (6 May 2015)
Thursday May 7 is the day when we can make a real difference. We can vote for a Labour government pledged to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, rescue the NHS, bring down the deficit in a fair way, boost jobs and build houses. Don’t wake up to a Tory government on Friday – vote Labour when … Continue reading »
Four million conversations on the doorstep (2 May 2015)
Labour campaigners have held over four million conversations on doorsteps across Britain in the run up to the crucial vote on Thursday May 7. A huge thank you to everyone who has joined me across Liverpool Wavertree already and I am determined that together, between now and Thursday, we will reach as many more people … Continue reading »
Labour will abolish the bedroom tax (1 May 2015)
We will abolish the bedroom tax from day one of the next Labour government. The bedroom tax is indefensible, cruel and it doesn’t even work. It hits half a million families across the UK, two thirds of which include a disabled person. It hits 200,000 children and 60,000 carers. These are people any government should … Continue reading »