Rt Hon Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper


Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford



Address as

Ms Cooper

Contact details


House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 5080


1 York Street, Castleford, WF10 1RB
Tel: 01977 553388
Fax: 01977 559753


Electoral history

Member for Pontefract and Castleford 1997-2010, for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 6 May 2010 general election

Parliamentary career

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Public Health) 1999-2002; Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department 2002-03; Office of the Deputy Prime Minister/Department for Communities and Local Government 2003-08: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State 2003-05, Minister of State (Minister for Housing and Planning) 2005-07, Minister for Housing (attending cabinet) 2007-08; Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2008-09; Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2009-10; Shadow Secretary of State for: Work and Pensions 2010, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Foreign Secretary) 2010-11; Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities 2010-; Shadow Secretary of State for Home Department (Home Secretary) 2011-

Select committees

Member: Education and Employment 1997-99, Education and Employment (Employment Sub-Committee) 1997-99

Political interests

Unemployment, coal industry, poverty, equal opportunities

Countries of interest


General Election 2010 - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford

Name Party Votes %
Cooper, Yvette Lab 22293 48.11%
Pickles, Nick Con 11314 24.42%
Rush, Chris Lib Dem 7585 16.37%
Thewlis-Hardy, Graham BNP 3864 8.34%
Allen, Gareth Ind 1183 2.56%
Result Lab Hold (12.52% from Lab to Con)