FORMER Labour frontbencher Luciana Berger has joined the Liberal Democrats because the party is “unequivocal in wanting to stop Brexit”.
The Liverpool Wavertree MP left Labour in February to form the Independent Group, which later evolved into Change UK.
Who is Luciana Berger?
Luciana Berger is a British Labour party politician and has represented Liverpool Wavertree since 2010.
She was born on May 13, 1981, in Westminster, and lived in Wembley.
She was appointed Shadow Minister for Public Health on October 8, 2013, before becoming Shadow Minister for Mental Health on September 14, 2015.
Berger is the great-niece of trade union official and Labour MP Manny Shinwell, who rose to be a Minister in the Attlee government.
She is married to Liverpool music manager Alistair Goldsmith and the couple have one daughter, born in March 2017.
Before entering the House of Commons she worked for management consultancy company Accenture and the NHS Confederation, a body representing healthcare organisations.
What has she spoken out about?
Berger has said she has joined the Liberal Democrats in order to help Britain through this time of “national emergency”.
“I want to be part of something that can offer British people something to vote for,” she said.
“In Jo Swinson, under her leadership, the party is unequivocal in being very, very clearly anti-Brexit, wanting to stop Brexit.
“It’s in stark contrast to having to choose between the other two poor options. What is the least worse option of Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn?”
Before leaving the Labour Party, she faced the threat of a no-confidence vote from local Labour members for criticising Jeremy Corbyn.
The MP expressed her outrage over a video dating back to 2013 showing Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn accusing British Zionists of having “no sense of English irony”.
She has described his comments as “inexcusable”.
In the clip the leftie leader said: “[British Zionists] clearly have two problems. One is they don’t want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don’t understand English irony either.”
He added: “They needed two lessons, which we could perhaps help them with.”
In response, Luciana tweeted: “The video released today of the leader of @UKLabour making inexcusable comments – defended by a party spokesman – makes me as a proud British Jew feel unwelcome in my own party. I’ve lived in Britain all my life and I don’t need any lessons in history/irony.”
What else has Corbyn done recently?
He said he had “on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject” and was sorry for the “concerns and anxiety that this has caused”.
He was also criticised for his presence at a ceremony in Tunisia in 2014, which is said to have honoured the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich terror attack.
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What is Zionism?
Zionism refers to the movement to create a Jewish state in the Middle East, roughly corresponding to the historical land of Israel, and thus support for the modern state of Israel.
The political movement emerged in 19th Century Europe and was aimed at countering anti-Semitism and is known as Israel’s national ideology.
Many in the Jewish community say the use of “Zionist” as a term of abuse reflects a rising tide of bigotry and racism directed at Jews.