Luciana Berger MP to become JLM Parliamentary Chair
We are pleased to announce that Shadow Mental Health Minister Luciana Berger has been elected as Parliamentary Chair of JLM. This new post was created following the governance review carried out earlier this year. As Parliamentary Chair, Luciana will chair our new Parliamentary and Political Council. This is the main vehicle through which Labour parliamentarians will engage with our work.
Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana was elected to Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, and then Shadow Minister for Public Health, campaigning for the NHS. At the general election in 2015 Luciana was re-elected with 70 per cent of the total number of votes in the constituency on the highest ever General Election turnout. In September 2015 she was appointed the first-ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health to serve at Shadow Cabinet level.
Luciana is a popular figure in the UK Jewish Community with a reputation for longstanding involvement in fighting racism and antisemitism.
Luciana said: "I am excited to be joining JLM's leadership team as the movement is preparing to mark its centenary of affiliation to the Labour Party. JLM has a key role to play in strengthening what should be a natural alliance between the Labour Party and the Jewish community. I look forward to helping nurture that relationship."
JLM National Chair Jeremy Newmark said: "It is fantastic to have a parliamentarian of Luciana's calibre as our new Parliamentary Chair. Her inspiring leadership will be another important building block in our work to enhance the role of JLM within the Labour Party."
Luciana recently joined JLM members to campaign for Sadiq Khan at one of our phone banks
Ivor Caplin to Chair JLM South East Region
After JLM’s successful re-launch earlier this year, we are now moving on to the next stage of changing the way we organise locally. These groups will be aligned with the regional structure of the Labour Party and work closely with regional boards and local CLPs in each region. We are pleased to announce that Ivor Caplin will be the first Chair of our new South East Region. Ivor was MP for Hove between 1997-2005. During this time he served in the Labour Goverment as a PPS, FCO whip and Minister for veterans at the Ministry of Defence. He was also the first Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on English Language Teaching. Ivor is actively involved in Brighton & Hove Jewish community where he currently serves as chair of their 250th anniversary celebrations.
Ivor Caplin, former MoD Minister & new JLM SE Regional Chair