43 Facts About Yvette Cooper


Yvette Cooper was born on 20 March 1969 and is a British politician serving as Shadow Home Secretary since 2021, and previously from 2011 to 2015.


Yvette Cooper served in Gordon Brown's Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2008 to 2009 and Work and Pensions Secretary from 2009 to 2010.


One of 101 female Labour MPs elected at the 1997 general election, Cooper was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at three departments under Prime Minister Tony Blair from 1999 to 2005.


Yvette Cooper was promoted to Minister of State for Housing and Planning in 2005, and was retained in the role when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in 2007.


In 2011, her husband Ed Balls was promoted to Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer; Yvette Cooper replaced Balls as Shadow Home Secretary and served until Labour lost the 2015 general election.


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


Yvette Cooper subsequently resigned as Shadow Home Secretary in September 2015.


Yvette Cooper was the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee from 2016 to 2021.


Yvette Cooper became Shadow Home Secretary again in Keir Starmer's November 2021 reshuffle.


Yvette Cooper was born on 20 March 1969 in Inverness, Scotland.


Yvette Cooper's father is Tony Cooper, former General Secretary of the Prospect trade union, a former non-executive director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and a former Chairman of the British Nuclear Industry Forum.


Yvette Cooper was a government adviser on the Energy Advisory Panel.


Yvette Cooper was educated at Eggar's School, a comprehensive school in Holybourne, and Alton College, both in Alton, Hampshire.


Yvette Cooper read Philosophy, politics and economics at Balliol College, Oxford, and graduated with a first-class honours degree.


Yvette Cooper won a Kennedy Scholarship in 1991 to study at Harvard University, and she completed her postgraduate studies with an MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics.


Yvette Cooper began her career as an economic policy researcher for Shadow Chancellor John Smith in 1990 before working in Arkansas for Bill Clinton, nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States, in 1992.


At the age of 24, Yvette Cooper developed chronic fatigue syndrome, which took her a year to recover from.


Yvette Cooper was selected to contest the safe Labour seat of Pontefract and Castleford at the 1997 general election, after Deputy Speaker Geoffrey Lofthouse announced his retirement.


Yvette Cooper retained the seat for Labour with a majority of 25,725 votes, and made her maiden speech in the Commons on 2 July 1997, speaking about her constituency's struggle with unemployment.


Yvette Cooper served for two years on the Education and Employment Select Committee.


From 2002 to 2003, Yvette Cooper was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Lord Chancellor's Department.


In 2008, Yvette Cooper became the first woman to serve as Chief Secretary to the Treasury where she was involved with taking Northern Rock into public ownership.


In 2009, Yvette Cooper was appointed as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and took over leading on the Welfare Reform Act 2009 which included measures to extend the use of benefit sanctions to force unemployed people to seek work.


In May 2009, the Daily Telegraph reported that Yvette Cooper had changed the designation of her second home twice in two years.


Yvette Cooper said they had paid capital gains tax on their homes and were not motivated by profit.


Yvette Cooper later topped the 2010 ballot for places in the Shadow cabinet, and there was speculation that the newly elected Labour Leader Ed Miliband would appoint her Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.


Yvette Cooper served as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities from October 2010 to October 2013.


Yvette Cooper labelled the government's vans displaying posters urging illegal immigrants to go home a "divisive gimmick" in October 2013.


Yvette Cooper spoke at the Labour Party Conference in 2014 about eastern Europeans who were mistreated by employers of migrant labour.


Yvette Cooper was strongly critical of the cuts to child tax credit announced by George Osborne in the July 2015 Budget; she authored the following statement in the New Statesman:.


Yvette Cooper was nominated by 59 MPs, 12 MEPs, 109 CLPs, two affiliated trade unions and one socialist society.


Yvette Cooper proposed the introduction of a living wage for social care workers and the construction of 300,000 houses every year.


Yvette Cooper disagreed that Labour spent too much whilst in government.


Yvette Cooper spoke about the issue at Labour's annual conference in 2016.


Yvette Cooper supported Owen Smith against Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 leadership election.


Yvette Cooper is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.


Yvette Cooper was reappointed as Shadow Home Secretary on 29 November 2021 by Keir Starmer, replacing Nick Thomas-Symonds in a shadow cabinet reshuffle.


Yvette Cooper is concerned over Home Secretary, Suella Braverman breaching the ministerial code through sending secure information with her private email.


Yvette Cooper said that people need to be able to trust the Home Secretary with highly sensitive information and national security.


Yvette Cooper said Rishi Sunak made Gavin Williamson a cabinet minister though Sunak had been warned Williamson was being investigated over allegations he bullied Wendy Morton.


Yvette Cooper married Ed Balls on 10 January 1998 in Eastbourne.


Yvette Cooper's husband was Economic Secretary to the Treasury in the Tony Blair government and Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families under Gordon Brown, then in opposition was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and a candidate in the 2010 Labour Party leadership election.


Yvette Cooper has published two books, entitled She Speaks: The power of Women's voices and She Speaks: Women's Speeches That Changed the World, from Pankhurst to Greta, released in November 2019 and October 2020 respectively.