Former MP Luciana Berger has been named as the new head of advocacy and public affairs at top communications firm Edelman UK.
Speaking about her new role, Luciana said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Edelman UK to lead the advocacy and public affairs team. 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, 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.”
She “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.”
Berger spent almost a decade in Parliament representing Liverpool Wavertree, holding a number of shadow cabinet positions, and campaigning on issues including mental health and against extremism.
In 2019 she left the Labour Party citing its failure to tackle antisemitism, joining the Independent Group, before defecting to the Lib Dems, for whom she unsuccessfully contested the last election.