On the 11th October 2010, I was delighted to have been appointed as a Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, working with Meg Hillier who is the Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and 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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- Luciana Berger visits Brixton Energy co-operative (15 Feb 2013)Luciana Berger visited Repowering South London’s award winning Solar projects in Brixton this month to find out how local co-operative community energy generation can be successful and what the Government should do to support it. The project in Brixton is one of the few community energy schemes that have found success despite this Government’s feed-in-tariff [...]
- Luciana Berger leads parliamentary debate on food banks and food poverty (14 Dec 2012)John Hite reports from a debate in Parliament this week where MPs discussed the growing use of food banks to address food poverty. Earlier this week, a seemingly one-sided debate occurred within the House of Commons regarding food poverty and its growing effect within the UK. Led by Co-operative MP Luciana Berger, Labour and Co-operative [...]
- 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 [...]
- Economic Growth (15 May 2013)Luciana Berger: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the last day of debate on the Gracious Speech. I want to talk about this chaotic Government’s shambolic attempts to revive our flatlining economy. The Government are running on empty. When it comes to the questions the British people most want answered, they have nothing to say. On our flatlining economy, where is the plan for growth?...
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporate Tax Evasion (14 May 2013)Luciana Berger: Do the Government believe that cutting £2 billion from HMRC’s budget will help or hinder its ability properly to address tax evasion and tax avoidance in this country?
- Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Renewable Energy (14 May 2013)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) fuel cells and (b) hydrogen are being considered as suitable for a feed-in tariff by April 2014.
- Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Urenco (14 May 2013)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects the sale of the Government's shares in Urenco to be completed.
- Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Urenco (14 May 2013)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the revenue to be accrued to the Government through the sale of its shares in Urenco.
- Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Green Deal Scheme (14 May 2013)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many staff from the Behavioural Insights Team have advised his Department on consumer take-up of the Green Deal to date; (2) what progress the Behavioural Insights Team has made in advising his Department on how to encourage consumer take-up of the Green Deal.
- Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Green Deal Scheme (13 May 2013)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many Green Deal providers have (a) applied to the Green Deal Finance Company, (b) been successful in their applications and (c) awarded the finance obtained through those applications to customers to date; (2) when the first Green Deal finance package was paid out by the Green Deal Finance Company to a Green Deal provider;...
- Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy Companies Obligation (13 May 2013)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what amount has been allocated through the Energy Company Obligation brokerage system to date.
- Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy Companies Obligation (13 May 2013)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what amount has been spent on the Energy Company Obligation to date.
- Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy Companies Obligation (25 Apr 2013)Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the average dual fuel bill that will go towards the cost of the Energy Companies Obligation.
Premier League Schools Football Tournament (20 May 2013)
I was delighted to attend and celebrate at the recent Premier League Schools football tournament, at Anfield – a national competition to find the best under 11 mixed team, and under 13 girls teams. It was great to see so many talented young footballers – and particularly positive to see young women getting involved, showing that [...]
Dementia Awareness Week (17 May 2013)
Next week is dementia awareness week. The week is an annual event to highlight and increase understanding of issues related to dementia, and is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society The theme for this year’s campaign is talking, and there will be activities and events nationwide. You can find out what is going on in our area [...]
Come and have your say on better childcare (17 May 2013)
Many people have spoken to me locally about their childcare concerns – and particularly the latest government proposals to cut childcare staff numbers. At a time when the biggest challenge we face is jobs, childcare becomes an even more crucial issue. For many parents and families, affordable, reliable, quality childcare is the key factor in being able [...]
Dangerous Dogs (13 May 2013)
Whilst the Queen’s Speech offered nothing in terms of a programme for jobs and growth, there was at least some limited progress on the issue of dangerous dogs. The government will be bringing forward draft proposals to extend the law to cover attacks on private property and also to place more emphasis on past behaviour. [...]
Compost Awareness Week (13 May 2013)
Last week was compost awareness week. The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership helped promote the week by getting residents involved and promoting the environmental benefits of home composting and the great results that can be achieved by using peat-free composts containing recycled material. I was also pleased to see Garden Organic, in association with Master Composters running a ‘Decorate [...]
UK Music Roundtable at Soundcity (13 May 2013)
I was pleased to take part in a roundtable led by UK Music to discuss the Live Music Act. The Act came into force last year for small venues with less than a 200 capacity – and it means that many small venues are now able to put on live music without a music licence, which is [...]