Yvette Cooper

MP, Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford

Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford Labour

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How Yvette Cooper voted since 2001
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  • Voted strongly against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Source
  • Voted very strongly against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Source
  • Voted strongly against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Source
  • Voted moderately for a wholly elected House of Lords Source
  • Voted moderately against encouraging occupational pensions Source
  • Voted strongly against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Source
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Yvette Cooper never rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions 13 Oct 2014

    The Home Secretary and the whole House will want to express to the families of David Haines and Alan Henning our thoughts and prayers. Both men were helping innocent people caught up in conflict, and that is how we will remember them. ISIL’s actions are barbaric—killing and torturing anyone who gets in its way—and the Home Secretary is rightly concerned about British...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions 13 Oct 2014

    I thank the Home Secretary for her answer, but it would be helpful to have more information, as and when she is able to give it, about the scale of the problem and what is being done. More action is needed against those returning. Has she looked at making it a requirement that those returning from fighting engage with the Channel deradicalisation programme? When TPIMs were introduced, she...
  • Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security 10 Sep 2014

    As many hon. Members have said, this has been a wide-ranging and deeply thoughtful debate. At a time when, understandably, many Members of all parties are focusing on the Union and our own constitutional debate, it is important that today, on behalf of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we have debated how to keep all our citizens safe using our enviable international power,...

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Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford

Entered House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Also represented Pontefract and Castleford


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Topics of interest

  • Home Department
  • Treasury
  • Work and Pensions
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Women and Equalities
  • Departmental Public Expenditure
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Knives: Crime
  • Public Expenditure
  • Police: Accountability

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Home Secretary

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities (20 Jan 2011 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • Shadow Foreign secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities (8 Oct 2010 to 20 Jan 2011)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
  • Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (10 Jun 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Chief Secretary, HM Treasury (25 Jan 2008 to 10 Jun 2009)
  • Minister of State (Housing), Department for Communities and Local Government (28 Jun 2007 to 25 Jan 2008)
  • Minister of State (Housing and Planning), Department for Communities and Local Government (8 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • Minister of State (Housing and Planning), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (17 Jun 2005 to 8 May 2006)
  • Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (11 May 2005 to 17 Jun 2005)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (13 Jun 2003 to 11 May 2005)
  • Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (29 May 2002 to 13 Jun 2003)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health (11 Jun 2001 to 29 May 2002)
  • Parliamentary Secretary (Public Health), Department of Health (11 Oct 1999 to 29 May 2002)

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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  • Has spoken in 33 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 4 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a very low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 63.51% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 29 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 122 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Yvette Cooper’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1144 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 13 Oct 2014.

4. Sponsorships
(b) Support in the capacity as an MP:
(b) Name of donor: Barbara Follett
(b) Address of donor: private
(b) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £4,550 donation to the Labour Party to contribute to my office in my capacity as Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs
(b) Date of receipt:  31 January 2014
(b) Date of acceptance:  31 January 2014
(b) Donor status: individual
(b) (Registered 13 February 2014)
(b) Name of donor: Barbara Follett
(b) Address of donor: private
(b) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: The services of a temporary administrative assistant and events coordinator to support me in my capacity as Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, for 2 days a week between 8 April 2014 and 30 June 2014, at a value of £4,600.
(b) Date of receipt: 8 April 2014
(b) Date of acceptance: 8 April 2014
(b) Donor status: individual
(b) (Registered 29 July 2014)

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