Luciana grew up in Wembley, in a close Jewish family. Her Dad runs a family home furnishing business, and until recently her mother worked in a palliative care unit.
She studied at Birmingham and Birkbeck Universities, and served for two years as an elected member of the National Union of Students executive. She previously worked at Accenture, one of the world’s biggest management consultancies, advising a number of organisations and businesses, including the Treasury and other parts of government, on how to be more effective and efficient. She then worked for the NHS Confederation, which supports and represents all of the different sectors of the NHS.
Most recently, before entering Parliament, Luciana was Director of the Labour Friends of Israel where she worked with the Labour government to support a constructive relationship between the UK and Israel and promote the two-state solution to resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
As a community volunteer Luciana has been a school governor, the Chair of a tenants’ and residents’ association, and a community safety representative.
Luciana was first elected to Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, and then Shadow Minister for Public Health. In September 2015 she was appointed the first-ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health to serve at Shadow Cabinet level.
At the General Election in 2015, Luciana was re-elected, securing almost 70% of the total number of votes. At the General Election in June 2017, with turnout up again, she secured 34,700 votes – almost 80% of the electorate.
Luciana continues to be an ambassador in parliament for better mental health provision and has won a number of awards for her campaigning work.
Luciana led the campaign to ban smoking in cars with children in the back and led the cross party effort to ensure the Breathing Space debt relief scheme is automatically extended to people experiencing mental health crisis.
Luciana is married to Alistair – a music manager. They have one daughter, Amélie, and are expecting another child shortly.
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