The moment I heard Jeremy Corbyn had made it on to the ballot paper, I whooped with sheer joy. Apparently, however, not everyone in the Labour Party w...
There are some who will say this is just part of politics - it's just playing the game. Well, it isn't and we mustn't allow it to be. Underhand briefing is unhealthy, it backfires and it shrouds the very real debates on substance that need to happen and need to happen on the record. So, on behalf of Yvette's Leadership Campaign, I am today making these promises...
Margaret Thatcher has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest due to fears that she is too radically left-wing to lead the Labour Party.
As the Labour party embarks on its path back to power following a second general election defeat, it has to do so by embarking on a pro-business and pro-aspiration agenda. Labour should embrace the achievements of its most electorally successful leader ever, Tony Blair, and build upon New Labour by creating a progressive party which is able to defeat the Tories in 2020.
We won't win 2020 through speeches or dinners in Westminster, we'll win in the sports halls and living rooms, offices and canteens, working men's clubs and school gates across the country. And I want this debate - about our party, our country - to be as wide and as engaging as possible. That means as many people as possible involved in the leadership election, not just a closed down or polarised contest... This is a real turning point for the Labour Party and the country - a do or die moment. No one should be giving up on a Labour Government in 2020. I'm determined we can win again. And this leadership election - focused on the future - must be the start of making that happen.
Vote for a party which holds at its core a commitment to making the lives of the next generation better than the last.
The sworn duties of a constable under the Crown, require them to be responsible for the protection of life and property, maintenance of order, prevention and detection of crime and prosecution of offenders against the peace. We need therefore to make clear that when the Tories suggest that crime is diminishing and police are less needed, it is untrue.
Little wonder then, that just before a general election, it has been politically expedient to shine the 'cover up spotlight' on a battered, bruised and demoralised police service.
Here in Britain too, progress has been too slow. A hundred years on the pay gap is still far too wide, violence towards young women is increasing, and women are being harder hit by this government's policies. That's why International Womens Day matters more than ever. And here in Britain, its also why women need to be at the heart of our politics and the General Election.
Everywoman Safe Everywhere, Labour's commission on women's safety, began its work under my leadership in November 2011. Its aim was to investigate concerns that government policy changes and budget cuts were disproportionately affecting women not just economically, but compromising their safety.
Sticking to a net migration target that means nothing is simply not the way forward. We need a government who will make promises it can keep and ensure that we remain a key player in the world to help us create the jobs of the future. David Cameron has shown again today why his government will not and cannot do that.
The Tory Lie Machine is desperate to distract attention from the fact that they've raised taxes 24 times, and that tax and benefit changes since 2010 will leave the average household £974 a year worse off by the time of the next election - while giving millionaires a tax cut. But when they choose to lie about Labour's plans, we're going to call them out on it.
Our criminal justice system is currently failing victims of domestic violence. There are substantial gaps in the law that allow abusers to evade justice and enforce the view that unless there are bruises, the perpetrator hasn't done anything wrong.
I am particularly worried about the justice gap and the lack of action when it comes to violence against women. Not only have prosecutions and convictions fallen at a time when reported crimes are going up, there is a growing use of community resolutions which are just inappropriate for serious crimes. Much as the Home Office like to tell us this is OK, it isn't.
Yvette Cooper was a member of ISC, the Intelligence and Security Committee from 1997-1999, so although not a Bond girl, she knows very well how to shake surveillance discussion up and where the skeletons of the oversight are to be found.
The debate around striking the balance between security and privacy may still be in its infancy, with secrecy a well-worn habit when it comes to our security agencies. Yet it is not abundantly clear that if we do not, as the US and other countries now accept is essential, bring our legal framework and oversight mechanisms in line with the expansive surveillance made possible by modern technology, our economy our privacy and our security will all suffer.