Former Labour MP Luciana Berger has been hired as managing director of the advocacy and public affairs team at the global communications firm Edelman UK.
In her first move since leaving politics last December, the outspoken campaigner on Jeremy Corbyn’s failure over antisemitism, said she was ‘’thrilled’’ to be joining the company , who partner with businesses and organisations to promote and protect their brands and reputations.
It is understood that Ms Berger, 39, will take an active role at the firm in securing campaigns, with her knowledge of public health, climate change and mental health issues seen as a crucial attribute.
Confirming her new role, Ms Berger said:’’ As Edelman has evidenced, there has never been a more important time in my lifetime for governments, companies, NGOs and the media to build trust.
‘’People now rightly expect the institutions around them to educate, advocate for change but above all else to lead by example.
‘’I can’t wait to deliver campaigns which bring together the formidable political, research, creative and digital capability from within Edelman, to make a difference across the UK and beyond."
Hugh Taggart, General Manager at Edelman UK , said: “In Luciana we have a leader, a campaigner and an advocate with a whip smart political mind, an outstanding record of delivery, and that rarest of attributes - respect across the political divide.
‘’Luciana’s shadow ministerial experience - in particular in Public Health and Climate Change - will be invaluable to our clients as they seek to navigate a raft of societal changes, challenges and concerns. Luciana embodies our approach to action-based leadership, is widely recognised for her tenacity as a campaigner and will bring a dynamic approach to how we deliver integrated advocacy and public affairs programmes for our clients.”
Ms Berger was Labour’s shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change,Shadow Minister for Public Health and Shadow Cabinet Member for Mental Health between 2010 and 2016.
After quitting Labour as MP for Liverpool Wavertree in February 2019 in protest at antisemitism in the party she was appointed Liberal Democrat Shadow Spokesperson for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing.
But at the last election, despite a strong vote, she failed to win the Finchley and Golders Green seat from the Conservative MP Mike Freer.