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Labour MP claims rape tweets show Ennis-Hill is right

Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper believes the rape tweets directed at Jessica Ennis-Hill prove why her stance on Ched Evans is so important.

Ennis-Hill received abusive tweets from trolls on Friday after making it clear she would remove her name from a stand at Sheffield United if the club offer the convicted rapist a contract.

The tweets directed at the Sheffield born Olympic Champion are currently being investigated by South Yorkshire police.

Cooper also urged the League One club to "recognise their responsibility to the local community" by resisting the temptation to offer Evans a professional deal.


Labour to 'look carefully' at PM's anti-terror proposals

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said Labour would "look carefully" at any anti-terror proposals the Prime Minister brings forward.

"The Government should be introducing mandatory de-radicalisation programmes as a priority," Yvette Cooper said.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper. Credit: PA/PA Wire

"Our border controls are simply not picking people up, and no new orders will change that. Only this week a suspect on bail managed to flee with his passport, reportedly to Syria, Cooper said."

“The Prime Minister would be well-advised to reinstate measures we know work, and we hope some of these changes will be in any proposed legislation.”

Yvette Cooper backs Ennis-Hill's stance on Ched Evans

Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has backed Jessica Ennis-Hill's promise to remove her name from a stand at Sheffield United's Brammall Lane stadium should the club re-sign the convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Labour 'would scrap PCCs to fund halt of refuge closures'

Labour would reverse cuts to the police planned for next year if it wins power in May, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper addresses delegates on the last day of the Labour Party conference in Manchester. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The party would also scrap police and crime commissioners (PCC) to pay to protect women's refuges.

In every part of the country refuges and services for women and children suffering from domestic violence are being closed due to the callous attitude of this Government.

Theresa May's failure to act means victims are being left with no support and being abandoned.

Refuges provide vital support for women and children. Local specialist services that have a track record of successfully helping women and children need our support and that's what we will do.

– Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper joins calls for Shaun Wright to resign

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said that South Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright ought to stand down, but stressed that reforms were needed too:

1,400 hundred children have been abused, the authorities let them down, that's why the leader of the council was right to resign, and why the Police and Crime Commissioner should also do so.

But this is not just about Rotherham. It's also about Oxfordshire, Rochdale, Jimmy Savile: too many cases where children aren't being listened to and reforms are needed.

– yvette cooper. shadow home secretary

She also called for the "child abuse inquiry to start urgently".


Yvette Cooper: Labour 'would boost victims' rights'

Rape cases that are dropped by the police would be reviewed under Labour plans to boost the rights of victims, Yvette Cooper will say.

The shadow home secretary will pledge to give victims a "strong voice" and warn the low rate of allegations being pursued is "shameful".

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper Credit: PA

In a speech to the Fabian Society, she will insist Labour is focusing on reforms that give more power to individuals and communities but stand ready to make tough decisions about making savings.

"Just as in the criminal justice system, across our public services, ministers are driving fragmentation, reorganisation and competition just at a time when local services need to collaborate more to deliver better services and save money too", she is expected to say.

Parents and schools need 'confidence in vetting system'

Parents, schools, sports clubs and other organisations caring for young children need to have "confidence in the vetting and barring system" so they know employees pose no threat to youngsters, the Shadow Home Secretary has said.

Yvette Cooper hit out at Home Secretary Theresa May who she claimed was "warned repeatedly" that changes she made to vetting and barring laws "left major loopholes in the system".

Parents want to know that if someone has committed serious abuse against children or has a history of grooming or sexual abuse, they will not be allowed to work with children.

And schools, sports organisations and other groups need to be able to have confidence in the vetting and barring system.

Child protection is immensely important and it must not be put at risk because of faulty legislation or failures in the Home Office system.

– Yvette Cooper

Labour: Govt 'must not bury its head in the sand'

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper will warn the Government it must not "bury its head in the sand" as she calls for reforms to keep up with ever-evolving cyber-crime.

In a speech to the Demos think tank, Ms Cooper will call for a new national strategy for tackling online fraud, tougher action to tackle online child pornography and an overhaul of parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, which keeps a check on the work of the intelligence agencies.

Yvette Cooper will warn the Government it must not'bury its head in the sand' on cyber-crime. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

"The oversight and legal frameworks are now out of date. That means we need major reforms to oversight and a thorough review of the legal framework to keep up with changing technology," she is expected to say.

"Above all we need the Government to engage in a serious public debate about these new challenges and the reforms that are needed."

Labour seeks cyber-crime crackdown

Labour wants new powers for police and security services to crackdown on cyber-crimes such as child pornography and terrorism, but only with extra checks on how crime agencies are using sensitive data, the shadow home secretary is set to say.

Technological developments have sparked a wave of new types of crime and a 30% hike in recorded online fraud is just the "tip of the iceberg", Yvette Cooper will warn.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper is set to make a speech later today. Credit: Press Association

But fears about abuse of information in the wake of leaks by ex-US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, which revealed widespread spying by Government listening post GCHQ, means new safeguards are needed to protect privacy.

Much stricter controls over access to private data must be introduced to give the public confidence amid fears about the way information can currently be accessed and used, she is expected to say.

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