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: Meningitis: Vaccination (27 Jan 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date negotiations on the price of the new meningitis B vaccine began; and whether an end date has been set for those negotiations.
- Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (26 Jan 2015)Luciana Berger: The Secretary of State has said that local authorities are choosing to give funds to local food banks. I can assure him that Mayor Joe Anderson in Liverpool does not relish having to spend £138,000 to tackle food poverty locally in Liverpool. Will the Secretary of State sit down with representatives from the Trussell Trust to help him understand how more than 1 million people are being...
- Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS: Pay (26 Jan 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff earn less than the living wage.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Eating Disorders (23 Jan 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he takes to ensure that all patients assessed as requiring inpatient treatment for eating disorders are admitted; and what criteria are used to decide whether a patient requires inpatient treatment for such disorders.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Obesity: Children (22 Jan 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of children who would have been eligible under the adult criteria for bariatric surgery in each year since 2010.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Eating Disorders (22 Jan 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England are awaiting inpatient treatment for an eating disorder following a GP assessment.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Kidney Diseases: Birmingham (16 Jan 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to sustain Kidney Research UK's Peer Education Programme in Birmingham once the funding from his Department ends.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Organs: Donors (16 Jan 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for NHS Blood and Transplant to extend the collection of ethnic origin data to all sources of organ donation registration.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Kidney Diseases: Ethnic Groups (15 Jan 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's strategy is for addressing the disproportionally higher incidence of kidney disease from BAME communities.
- Written Answers — Department of Health: Kidney Diseases (15 Jan 2015)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department has provided to Kidney Research UK's Peer Education Programme.
Marking Holocaust Memorial Day (27 Jan 2015)
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history. I have signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in support of today’s Holocaust Memorial Day. Each year, Holocaust Memorial Day honours those who were murdered during the Holocaust … Continue reading »
Shop workers urged to seek union protection (23 Jan 2015)
A shocking 241 shop workers are assaulted every day in Britain, new figures from the shopworkers’ union Usdaw reveal. The union asked 5,000 of its 420,000 members about the extent of the problem and found that as well as assaults, 33 per cent – one in three – were threatened by customers. Over half – … Continue reading »
Missing million voting scandal (21 Jan 2015)
I am backing a drive to register a missing million voters who have disappeared from the Electoral Register because of government reforms in the last 12 months. It’s a national problem, but Liverpool, with its large student population is a hot spot, with over 20,000 people missing from the voting register. As Labour Leader Ed Miliband explained … Continue reading »
Labour pledges new support for family carers (17 Jan 2015)
Labour is determined to properly recognise the huge contribution made by the country’s five million unpaid family carers. In government, we will place a new duty on the NHS to identify family carers, so they get the right help and support, and introduce a new right for carers to ask for an annual health check. … Continue reading »
Help businesses become dementia friendly (16 Jan 2015)
People living with dementia and their carers are being invited to an engagement session on Monday January 19 by the Alzheimer’s Society to share views on Liverpool businesses. The engagement sessions are being held in the build up to Dementia Awareness Week in May, where a major event in Liverpool will bring together businesses based … Continue reading »
Ensuring a sustainable NHS for the 21st century (15 Jan 2015)
Labour wants the next generation to be healthier than the last, so today Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, and I launched our new approach to public health which will help give all children a healthy start and empower adults to be able to make informed, healthy choices that are right for them. Our new approach … Continue reading »