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Yvette Cooper is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 2010, having been the MP for Pontefract and Castleford since 1997.

The Right Honourable

MP
Yvette Cooper, 2016 Labour Party Conference 1.jpg
Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee
Assumed office
19 October 2016
Preceded by

Tim Loughton

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
In office
5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by James Purnell
Succeeded by Iain Duncan Smith
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
24 January 2008 – 5 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Chancellor Alistair Darling
Preceded by Andy Burnham
Succeeded by Liam Byrne
Minister of State for Housing and Planning
In office
6 May 2005 – 24 January 2008
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Gordon Brown
Preceded by Keith Hill
Succeeded by Caroline Flint
Member of Parliament
for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Geoff Lofthouse
Majority 15,428 (33.6%)
Personal details
Born (1969-03-20) 20 March 1969 (age 47)
Inverness, Scotland, UK
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Ed Balls (m. 1998)
Children 3
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Harvard University
London School of Economics

Yvette Cooper (born 20 March 1969) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 2010, having been the MP for Pontefract and Castleford since 1997.

She served in the Cabinet between 2008 and 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and then as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. After Labour lost the 2010 general election, Cooper was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary, then became Shadow Home Secretary in 2011.

On 13 May 2015, Cooper announced she would run to be Leader of the Labour Party in the leadership election following the resignation of Ed Miliband. Cooper came third with 17.0% of the vote in the first round. Cooper subsequently resigned from her position as Shadow Home Secretary in September 2015. In October 2016, Cooper was elected chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

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