Yvette Cooper

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Yvette Cooper

British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 2010, having previously been MP for Pontefract and Castleford since 1997 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1969.

Countries: United Kingdom (83%), United States (14%), (3%)

Main connections: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Gordon Brown, Ed Balls

Linked to: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Labour Party, Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, Harvard University

 

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Yvette Cooper was born in 1969 add something

 

"'Yvette Cooper"' is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 2010, having previously been MP for Pontefract and Castleford since 1997 add something


1990

She began her career as an economics researcher for the Shadow Chancellor John Smith in 1990 before working in Arkansas for Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Clinton in 1992 add something


1991

She gained a Kennedy Scholarship in 1991 to Harvard University and finished her studies with an MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics add something


1994

Later in that year she became a policy advisor to new the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Harriet Harman and in 1994 became a research associate at the Centre for Economic Performance add something


1995

In 1995 she became the economic correspondent of "The Independent" until her election to Parliament add something


1997

She was selected to contest the safe Labour seat of Pontefract and Castleford at the 1997 general election on the retirement of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Geoff Lofthouse, in April 1997 add something

 

She was selected to contest the safe Labour seat of Pontefract and Castleford at the 1997 general election on the retirement of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Geoff Lofthouse, in April 1997 add something

 

She held the seat with a majority of 25,725 and made her maiden speech on 2 July 1997, speaking about her constituency's struggle with unemployment add something


1998

She married Ed Balls on 10 January 1998 in Eastbourne add something

 

Ed Balls - He married Yvette Cooper MP, who later became Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in Eastbourne on 10 January 1998


1999

In 1999, she was promoted to become a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, and in 2003 moved to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister add something


2005

After the 2005 general election, she was promoted within the same department to Minister of State, which has subsequently become the Department of Communities and Local Government add something


2007

Cooper was promoted to Housing Minister on 28 June 2007 when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister add something

 

Angela C. Smith - In 2007 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary and chief aide to Yvette Cooper

 

Ed Balls - In September 2007, with his wife Yvette Cooper MP, he was accused by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker of "breaking the spirit of Commons rules" by using MPs' allowances to help pay for a £655,000 home in north London


2008

She served in the Cabinet between 2008 and 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions add something

 

In the reshuffle following Peter Hain's resignation as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 24 January 2008, Cooper became the first woman to be promoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury add something


2009

In May 2009, it was revealed that together with her husband they 'flipped' the designation of their second home three times in a 24-month period, despite being warned several times by expenses officials that their claims were duplicated or inaccurate add something

 

After a number of ministerial resignations, including James Purnell, Cooper was moved within the cabinet by Gordon Brown on 5 June 2009 to become Secretary of State for Work and Pensions add something


2010

She came top in the 2010 ballot for places in the Shadow Cabinet and there was speculation that Ed Miliband would appoint her Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, but she was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary, shadowing William Hague, a job she did for just under four months add something

 

Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Yvette Cooper of the Labour Party


2011

When Alan Johnson resigned as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer on 20 January 2011, Cooper became Shadow Home Secretary in the subsequent reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet add something


2013

In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by "Woman's Hour" on BBC Radio 4 add something


2015

On 13 May 2015, Cooper announced she would run to be Leader of the Labour Party in the leadership election following the resignation of Ed Miliband add something

 

Following the election defeat, Cooper resigned from her position as Shadow Home Secretary in September 2015, a post that she had held since 2011 add something

 

David Cameron - After child tax credit were cut in the July 2015 budget Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper wrote in the "New Statesman"


2016

She spoke on the topic at Labour's annual conference in 2016 add something

 

In October 2016, Cooper was elected chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee add something

 

After a vote of MPs on 19 October 2016, Cooper was elected chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, gaining more votes than fellow candidates Caroline Flint, Chuka Umunna and Paul Flynn add something


2019

MP's voted 312:311 in favour of allowing her bill to be fast tracked and it was made law on 8 April 2019 add something

 

Hilary Benn - In this position, he supported the European Union Act 2019 as proposed on a cross-party basis by Labour's Yvette Cooper and Conservative's Oliver Letwin to force the Government to ask for an extension of the Article 50 process