- Rosie Cooper
name = Rosie Cooper
constituency_MP = West Lancashire
majority = 6,084 (14.1%)
5 May 2005
birth_date = Birth date and age|1950|09|5|df=yes
nationality = British
party = Labour
University of Liverpool
Cooper was born in
Liverpool, the daughter of deafparents. She was educated locally, initially at St Oswald's Roman Catholic Primary School and at Bellerive Convent Grammar School (now known as [http://www.bellerive.liverpool.sch.uk Bellerive FCJ High School] on "Ullet Road" (A5089) in Dingle, Liverpool. She then attended the University of Liverpool.
Cooper originally worked for a company called W. Cooper Ltd 1973-1980 before joining
Littlewoodsinitially as a buyer, when in 1994 she became the public relationsmanager and then, in 1995, the group corporate communications manager. She became a project coordinator in 1999 before she left Littlewoods in 2001, when she was appointed director at the MerseysideCentre for the Deaf.
Liberal Democrat days
Cooper was elected, aged 22, to the
Liverpool City Councilas a Liberal councillor in 1973, and in 1992 became the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, she stood down from the city council in 2000.
She fought her first Westminster campaign at the 1983 General Election when she was selected to contest the safe Labour seat of Liverpool Garston where she finished in third place more than 14,000 votes behind the winner Eddie Loyden.
Next Cooper contested the 1986 Knowsley North by-election caused by the resignation to become a
television presenterof the Labour MP Robert Kilroy-Silk. The by-election was won by Labour's George Howarth, with a clear margin of 6,724 vote, and she did not do much better when she contested the seat again a few months later at the 1987 General Election finishing 21,098 votes behind Howarth.
At the 1992 General Election, now a Liberal Democrat, she was back in her native Liverpool, coming second at Liverpool Broadgreen 7,027 votes behind Labour's Jane Kennedy, but ahead of the former deselected Labour MP Terry Fields.
She joined the Labour Party and contested the
European Parliamentelections in 2004 in the North West Region. She became the party's candidate from an all female short list in the West Lancashire constituency at the 2005 General Election following the retirement of the sitting MP Colin Pickthall. Cooper was elected to the House of Commons at her fifth attempt with a majority of 6,084, and remains the MP there. She made her maiden speechon May 24, 2005. [ [http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm050524/debtext/50524-15.htm#50524-15_spnew1 Hansard] , 24 May 2005]
Since her election she has been a member of the
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, and was part of the successful campaign that stopped the merger of the Southportand Ormskirkhospitals. In June 2006 she became PPS (Rt Hon Lord Rooker, Minister of State), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
On 9 August 2006, the Daily Telegraph reported that Cooper had written to No 10 saying that some of her constituents were 'appalled' by the idea that such a divisive figure as Lady Thatcher - who was
Prime Ministerfrom 1979 to 1990 - could be given a state funeral. [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/08/09/nthatch09.xml 'Blair attacked over veto on state funeral for Lady Thatcher'] , Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2006]
* [http://www.rosiecoopermp.net Her webpage]
* [http://www.labour.org.uk/maps/locinfo.phtml?ctid=2354 The Labour Party - Rosie Cooper]
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-8760,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Rosie Cooper]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/rosie_cooper/west_lancashire TheyWorkForYou.com - Rosie Cooper]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/354.stm BBC Politics page]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4775101.stm Thatcher's future funeral irks her in August 2006]
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