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 […]
- Business of the House (10 Apr 2014)Luciana Berger: Yesterday, the Prime Minister said: “What we are trying to do with the personal independence payment is to introduce it gradually”.-[ Official Report, 9 April 2014; Vol. 579, c. 264.] My constituent Thomas O’Donnell originally made his claim eight months ago. He has only just had an assessment, and he is still not receiving any payment. He has serious epilepsy, and he...
- Written Answers — Health: Bone Marrow Disorders (10 Apr 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in the UK receiving long-term care after a bone marrow transplant; and what assessment he has made of variations in the number of such patients across regions.
- Written Answers — Health: General Practitioners (10 Apr 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of GP practices which have a premium or 0845 telephone number to book appointments.
- Written Answers — Health: Nutrition (10 Apr 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specific targets relating to portion size companies which are signed up to the calorie reduction pledge of the Responsibility Deal have agreed to; and what progress they have made in achieving those targets.
- Written Answers — Health: Air Pollution (8 Apr 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will provide additional support to care commissioning groups in areas affected by high air pollution.
- Written Answers — Health: Air Pollution (8 Apr 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of air pollution on those people living with (a) heart disease and (b) lung disease.
- Written Answers — Health: Air Pollution (8 Apr 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of air pollution on levels of physical activity of people in the UK.
- Written Answers — Health: Air Pollution (8 Apr 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of premature deaths directly attributable to air pollution in each year since 2010.
- Written Answers — Health: Cancer (7 Apr 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of late diagnoses of cancer.
- Written Answers — Health: Soft Drinks: Schools (7 Apr 2014)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 1 April 2014, Official Report, column 718 on children's diet, whether the consumption of sugary drinks is banned in schools.
Tories fail childcare test (23 Apr 2014)
Many schools are returning after the Easter break, leaving parents worrying even more about money. In Parliament, the Tory-led government has turned its back on Labour calls to reform childcare now to support struggling families. The Tory-led government has cut support for children and families by £15 billion since it came to office. The latest [...]
Celebrating 150 years of support (22 Apr 2014)
Merseyside Society for Deaf People is celebrating 150 years’ supporting the deaf community with a thanksgiving service tomorrow (Wednesday April 23) at Liverpool Cathedral. The free event starts at 7pm and features the brilliant Liverpool Signing Choir, who performed earlier this year in Parliament to the delight of everyone who came to watch. Merseyside Society [...]
Talking about mental health (19 Apr 2014)
It’s great to have been part of the million-strong Time to Change conversation campaign that is helping to break down the stigma surrounding mental health. Figures just in from the campaign show that an incredible 1,066,506 conversations took place on Time to Talk Day, February 6. The simple, but incredibly effective idea is that the [...]
The truth about foodbanks (17 Apr 2014)
As foodbank use soars toward a million desperate people, what a disgrace that an anonymous government spokesman tells the Daily Mail that the Trussell Trust, which organises a national network of support centres is guilty of ‘misleading and emotionally manipulative publicity seeking’. The truth about foodbanks is very different. I have been a regular visitor [...]
Big music career opportunities (16 Apr 2014)
There are some great opportunities being offered by the Big Music Project for people wanting to carve out a career in the music industry. Backed by young people’s charity UK Youth, the initiative offers people aged 14-24 the chance to get involved in the industry, promotes work experience opportunities, internships, jobs and offers some great [...]
Hillsborough 25th anniversary (15 Apr 2014)
Today, I am joining families, friends and fans across Liverpool and the country to remember the 96 people who died at the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago. Our thoughts are with the families of everyone who died on that tragic day and their continuing fight for justice. Without the bravery and determination of the survivors, [...]