Yvette Cooper

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Yvette Cooper is the Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (was Pontefract and Castleford prior to boundary changes at the 2010 general election). She entered Parliament at the 1997 general election.

Science Statement 2015

During the 2015 Labour leadership campaign, the group Scientists for Labour contacted all the candidates on the topic of their policy ideas regarding science, engineering and technology. Ms Cooper's reply can he read at http://www.scientistsforlabour.org.uk/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=136:yvette-cooper-leadership-candidate&catid=53:labour-party&Itemid=141


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Yvette Cooper voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

In May 2011, Cooper, then shadow home secretary and shadow minister for women and equalities, responded to the appointment of the campaigning group Life to a new governmental sexual health forum which replaced the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV. Cooper stated:

"We know that women don't take decisions about pregnancy and abortion lightly. They will want reassurances from ministers that the appointment of this group does not signal a backwards step in independent advice, proper health support for women and safe access to abortion."[2]

In October 2012, responding to Jeremy Hunt's view that the abortion limit should be lowered to 12 weeks, Ms Cooper tweeted:

"Understand people have personal views but Health Sec has responsibility to listen to medical evidence on womens health & lead policy for gov"[3]

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Yvette Cooper voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[4]. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe[5]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[6]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Same-Sex Marriage

Yvette Cooper voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[7] and its third reading in May 2013[8].

Refugee Crisis

Speech, September 2015: http://www.yvetteforlabour.co.uk/speech_the_european_refugee_crisis


  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/25/labour-challenge-anti-abortion-group
  3. http://twitter.com/YvetteCooperMP/status/254360008119169024
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Yvette_Cooper
  5. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Yvette_Cooper
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Yvette_Cooper

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