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Home Department: Topical Questions (28 Sep 2020)

Yvette Cooper: I join the tributes to Sergeant Matt Ratana. No one should ever underestimate the bravery of police officers and the risks they take to keep us all safe. Last week, the Select Committee heard evidence from the counter-extremism commissioner and the national counter-terror chief on the way in which extremists have exploited the covid crisis, and they called for new, co-ordinated action against...

Covid-19 (22 Sep 2020)

Yvette Cooper: Some of my constituents have been waiting for four days, five days or even longer to get their test results back. In July, the Government rightly promised that 80% of in-person tests would receive their results within 24 hours of booking. That figure is now down to below 20%. That is dangerous: it means that people are not in the tracing system and their contacts are not being traced; it...

Covid-19 Update (17 Sep 2020)

Yvette Cooper: A constituent of mine’s husband, who works in the NHS, came home on Friday with covid symptoms. She has been trying to get him a test ever since, getting up at 5 am in the morning to try to do so. She is being told that tests are available locally and then being told, “Actually, no, there aren’t”, and she cannot get one. She has since developed symptoms herself. Neither of them has...

Covid-19 Update (17 Sep 2020)

Yvette Cooper: She is doing that.

Protection of Jobs and Businesses (9 Sep 2020)

Yvette Cooper: Haribo in Pontefract has announced that it is consulting on over 200 redundancies and proposing to move some of its production back to Germany. This is devastating for the hard-working workforce. Will the Chief Secretary urge Haribo to work with the GMB trade union and Wakefield Council to look at alternative plans to prevent huge job losses in the middle of a recession, and will the...

Birmingham Attacks and Extinction Rebellion Protests (7 Sep 2020)

Yvette Cooper: I join both Front-Bench spokespeople in sending a strong message from this House about the importance of a free press in our democracy. Stopping newspapers being distributed in this way was completely wrong. The Minister obviously needs to work with police and crime commissioners. I know that he will not want to misrepresent them in any way. We should all across this House send our sympathies...

Intelligence and Security Committee: Russia Report (22 Jul 2020)

Yvette Cooper: I served on the ISC in the late ’90s. We had a big Labour majority in Parliament and a Conservative Chair, the much-respected Tom King. There is a long tradition of Members of both Houses putting aside party politics to engage in independent scrutiny of the vital work that our intelligence agencies do and, crucially, to work in support of the national interest. The Government put that at...

Windrush Lessons Learned Review (21 Jul 2020)

Yvette Cooper: What happened to the Windrush generation at the hands of the British Home Office was deeply shameful. I welcome the Home Secretary’s commitment to fundamental reform of the culture and the processes in the Home Office, and her commitment to change the way the Home Office works. I also welcome the openness to scrutiny to which she referred. We on the Home Affairs Committee will welcome...

Coronavirus Update (14 Jul 2020)

Yvette Cooper: Transparency and trust are crucial to any public health crisis, but public health directors still need household data on infections, not just postcode data. Wakefield Council told me this afternoon that it is still not getting the household data on positive tests, even though we have had outbreaks at Forza meat processing factory and at Urban House asylum accommodation. The public also need...

Home Department: Topical Questions (13 Jul 2020)

Yvette Cooper: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Select Committee has repeatedly called on the Government to include care workers alongside NHS medical staff with regard to this year’s free visa extension following covid-19. By refusing to do so, Ministers have cost those frontline workers thousands of pounds. Does the Home Secretary’s decision to exclude social care workers from the health and care visa mean...

Economic Update (8 Jul 2020)

Yvette Cooper: Having introduced the future jobs fund and the wider youth job guarantee as Work and Pensions Secretary in 2009, and having been appalled when they were cancelled a year later under the coalition, I very much welcome the reintroduction of those measures now. The Chancellor will know that speedy delivery is crucial, and the scheme will have to be bigger because the crisis is bigger. We...

Domestic Abuse Bill: Title - Title (6 Jul 2020)

Yvette Cooper: In the last few minutes remaining, I want to thank the Government for bringing forward this important Bill and for listening. I thank Ministers and the Labour shadow Front-Bench Members, who have been such passionate advocates for improvements to the Bill. I also thank Members across the House who have tabled important amendments, proposals and reforms, and have very much come together in the...

Domestic Abuse Bill: New Clause 15 - Children as victims of domestic abuse (6 Jul 2020)

Yvette Cooper: May I begin by welcoming the work that the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May) has done on domestic abuse over many years, the personal interest that she has taken in the issue, and her work on coercive control and on getting this Bill started in the first place? I welcome the Bill and the amendments that the Government have tabled, particularly those around strengthening protections...

Domestic Abuse Bill: New Clause 15 - Children as victims of domestic abuse (6 Jul 2020)

Yvette Cooper: I welcome the points that the Minister has made on other topics, but on this one, if she wants to do further research and investigation why not just lift the provisions and requirements on no recourse to public funds in the meantime, until the research is completed and she has more information about what she wants to do next?

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: Duty to commission an independent evaluation: health and social care sectors (30 Jun 2020)

Yvette Cooper: I support the points made by the hon. Member for Eddisbury (Edward Timpson) and new clause 2, which was tabled by the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton), because we have a responsibility to ensure that children in care do not miss out on the European settlement scheme through no fault of their own, and that we do not end up with another Windrush generation because...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: Duty to commission an independent evaluation: health and social care sectors (30 Jun 2020)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend is exactly right. We are talking about children and teenagers who are alone, with no one to care for them, but who have family here who could look after them. The Government have said that we should instead rely on the draft text they have put forward in the transition negotiations. However, the Minister knows that the draft text represents a major downgrade in support and...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: Duty to commission an independent evaluation: health and social care sectors (30 Jun 2020)

Yvette Cooper: I will not—I am conscious of time. The Government have a responsibility through this Bill to ensure that they build a system that can build consensus and cross-party support; that supports our economy and public services and does not undermine that; that recognises and rewards the huge contribution that people have made to this country, including and especially during the covid-19 crisis;...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: Duty to commission an independent evaluation: health and social care sectors (30 Jun 2020)

Yvette Cooper: Does my hon. Friend recognise that social care workers and NHS porters and cleaners—those who do some of the most important jobs on the covid frontline—have not been included in the free visa extension and, as a result, are also being pressured to pay the immigration surcharge? Does she agree that the free visa extension ought to be extended to cover the lowest paid staff in the NHS and...

Civil Service Appointments (30 Jun 2020)

Yvette Cooper: Will the new politically appointed special envoy and National Security Adviser be responsible for the performance reviews of the heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ? Does the Minister agree that nothing should be done to suggest any political interference in the crucial intelligence agencies that support our national interest?


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