Yvette Cooper was elected MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford in May 2010 with a majority of 10,979 votes.
She have been a member of the Labour Party since she was a teenager and has been MP for Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley since 1997.
As well as being a constituency MP, she is also currently shadow home secretary. She had served as work and pensions secretary during the final years of the New Labour government.
Inverness, Scotland, 1969, to Tony Cooper (trade unionist) and June Cooper (Maths teacher).
Eggars Comprehensive, Alton, Hampshire, Alton Sixth Form College, Oxford University, Harvard University, London School of Economics.
Economic Researcher for late John Smith, Policy Advisor to Bill Clinton Presidential Campaign, Policy Adviser to Labour Treasury Team on public spending, Economic columnist and leader writer, The Independent newspaper.
January 2008 | Chief Secretary to the Treasury (www.hm-treasury.gov.uk)
June 2007 | Minister for Housing, attending Cabinet
2005 | Minister of State (Minister for Housing and Planning), Department for Communities and Local Government (formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister).
June 2003 | appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
May 29 2002 | appointed Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department.
October 1999 | appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health.
May 1997 | elected Labour Member of Parliament for Pontefract and Castleford.
Previously | member, Education and Employment Select Committee; member of Employment Sub-Committee; member, Intelligence and Security Committee; All-party Coalfield Communities Group.
Special Political Interest
Unemployment, energy (coal industry), child poverty.
She is married to Ed Balls and they have two daughters and one son.
1 York Street Castleford West Yorkshire WF10 1JS
Date of Birth
20 March 1969
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