Yvette Cooper

British politician (born 1969)

Yvette Cooper (born 20 March 1969) is a British politician.

Cooper in 2017

Cooper is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford constituency in the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Labour Party. Her husband, Ed Balls, represents the neighbouring constituency of Morley and Outwood.

She served in the Cabinet between 2008 and 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown. She was Chief Secretary to the Treasury and then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. After Labour lost the 2010 general election, Cooper was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary, then in 2011 Shadow Home Secretary.[1]


  1. "Yvette Cooper says she won't rule out standing for Labour leader". The Guardian. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.

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