Yvette Cooper (born 20 March 1969) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 2010, having previously been MP for Pontefract and Castleford since 1997. She served in the Cabinet between 2008 and 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and then as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. She is currently the Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. She is married to fellow Labour politician Ed Balls.
She was selected to contest the safe Labour seat of Pontefract and Castleford at the 1997 general election, after Deputy Speaker Geoff Lofthouse announced his retirement. She held the seat with a majority of 25,725, and ...
... over lasagne
Balls accused of plotting to install his wife as next Labour leader
ED Balls and Yvette Cooper have been accused of plotting against Ed Miliband at a lasagne dinner.
The husband-and-wife Labour duo wined and dined 30 supporters at a party over New Year, where one of their children told guests Miss Cooper will be Labour’s next leader.
Mr Balls faced claims yesterday that he would like to install his wife, the shadow home secretary, as Mr Miliband’s replacement.
When the couple’s children performed a party piece, one of the guests said: ...
... to unseat Ed Miliband from Labour leadership
Pair have wined-and-dined Labour bigwigs at home
More than 30 allies ate lasagne at New Year gathering as Balls children performed party piece
Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper were last night accused of a ‘lasagne-gate’ dinner party plot to undermine Labour leader Ed Miliband.
The husband-and-wife Labour frontbench duo have each been tipped to succeed the embattled party leader if he is forced to resign before the next Election.
They have been wining and dining hand-picked Labour MPs at their London home and in ...
YVETTE Cooper is favourite to replace gaffe-prone Ed Miliband as Labour leader.
Yvette, wife of political heavyweight Ed Balls, has seen her odds cut from 3/1 to 5/2 as Labour's next successor.
Husband Ed, who failed in his 2010 bid to be party leader, is at 10/1.
Ed Miliband, who narrowly pipped brother David to Labour's job, is predicted to be axed as early as this year according to Ladbroke.
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