Former Member of UK Parliament & Shadow Health Minister
Luciana Berger was first elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree in 2010 aged 28, after roles with Accenture, the NHS Confederation and the Labour Friends of Israel. During her three terms in Parliament Luciana served as a shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Shadow Minister for Public Health and was the first ever Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health. Luciana was a member of the Health and Social Care Select Committee between 2016 and November 2019 and was appointed Liberal Democrat Shadow Spokesperson for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing in 2019. Read More >
Annual Labour Party Conference Speech
Labour MP Applauded in Commons for Antisemitism Speech | Guardian News
Elected at the age of 28, and serving as the youngest member of the front bench in the 2010-2015 Parliament, Luciana offers a unique perspective of a woman’s journey in the British Parliament, which still today is just 34% female. Luciana reflects on her decade serving in the House of Commons - the highs and lows of representing constituents and trying to affect change (often successfully) from Opposition.
Luciana has spent the last six years at the forefront of campaigning - often successfully - to achieve real equality for how mental health is discussed, considered and treated in England. Luciana has led many efforts including the #wheresyourheadat campaign, which seeks to expand employer responsibility to include Mental Health First Aiders. Luciana successfully changed the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill to introduce a ‘breathing space’ for those in a mental health crisis who are struggling with serious debt. Luciana has been relentless and forensic in holding the British Government to account and has won many awards for this work. Luciana’s approach centres on prevention how everything should be done to keep a nation well rather than treat it when it is sick or in a mental health crisis.
Six years into her parliamentary career, Luciana was elected as the parliamentary chair of the Jewish Labour Movement. She held that role until early 2019, when Luciana left the party that had been her political home for 20 years, identifying it as 'institutionally racist'. Luciana charts her long and painful journey trying to counter Antisemitism from within the Labour Party and what happened to lead her to eventually leave, just 2 weeks before she had her second child Zion.
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