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Yvette Cooper calls for more power to local councils

The Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper has called for more power to be devolved to local councils, citing Leeds and Hull in particular. The Pontefract and Castleford MP also says one of her priorities would be to create more jobs in science and technology.

Balloting starts today in the contest with the result expected on September the 12th.


Dewsbury suicide bomber - Yvette Cooper statement

"This is a very disturbing case and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died or were injured in this appalling terrorist attack.

"This case shows how important it is for the Government to have a proper counter-terrorism strategy, which not only includes measures to track, monitor and prosecute terror suspects, but also includes a much stronger plan for community-led action to prevent young people being drawn towards the lies and hate filled ideology of Isil.

"We have known for a long time that Isil was using social media to recruit young people to join their bloody war.

"So why don't we have a proper plan in place for communities to be able to proactively counter the lies they spread and undermine their attempts to glorify the civil war they are fuelling?

"Despite a new counter terrorism strategy, the Government are well behind on tackling this. "Their proposals are confused and they continue to refuse to properly refuse community-led Prevent programmes which could make a massive difference in stopping young people being drawn in by terrorist groups."

– Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary

Cooper calls for PCC to be scrapped.

South Yorkshire has a new Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour's Doctor Alan Billings who was elected after a month long campaign, which followed the resignation of Shaun Wright.

He stood down after a report revealed the scale of child exploitation in Rotherham - at a time when Mr Wright was in charge of Children's Services.

Labour beat UKIP into second place by more than twenty seven thousand votes, with the conservatives in third place ahead of the English Democrats.

But Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper while welcolming Dr Billings' victory said the posts of PCC should be scrapped.

Cooper: PM should "show some leadership" over Mitchell incident

A West Yorkshire MP has said the Prime Minister needs to "show some leadership and judgment" over the Andrew Mitchell incident.

Yvette Cooper, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, said David Cameron should make Mr Mitchell stand down as Chief Whip "straight away".

It follows claims he called police officers "plebs" after they made him wheel his bike out of Downing Street's pedestrian exit instead of opening the main gate.

He has apologised to the officers but has denied using the word "plebs".

Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond said the row had been "hijacked".

We urged David Cameron and Andrew Mitchell to properly deal with this incident from the start. Instead the drawn out saga of half apology and oblique denial has left a cloud hanging over the Government's attitude to public servants.

It is now very hard for the Chief Whip to command respect in Parliament or beyond.

The Prime Minister needs now to show some leadership and judgement and take seriously the message this incident has sent to people across the country about his Government. He needs to end this now and make Andrew Mitchell stand down as Chief Whip straight away.

– Yvette Cooper MP (Labour, Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Yorkshire MP vows to continue Remploy fight

Yvette Cooper speaking at the Labour Party conference in Manchester. Credit: PA Wire

A West Yorkshire MP has declared that Labour will carry on fighting against the closure of Remploy factories across our region.

They employ workers with disabilities, but the Government confirmed in July that six sites were to close.

It said the factories faced a shortfall of around £70 million last year and employees would be better served in mainstream employment.

But Yvette Cooper, who represents Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, described the closures as "shocking" and claimed the Government had "turned their back".


Downing Street says "No" to Yorkshire MP's call for investigation into "gate-gate"

Downing Street says no investigation will be carried out into the conduct of Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell.

It follows a letter requesting such an investigation from Yvette Cooper, the MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford.

There were calls for Andrew Mitchell to resign after shouting at police officers when they refused to let him take his bicycle through the main gates at Downing Street. He has since apologised for his behaviour, but denies reports he called them "plebs".

The Secretary of the Cabinet, Sir Jeremy Heywood, has responded saying:

In light of the apology given, and also the fact that the officer concerned has accepted the apology and does not want to pursue the matter further, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner reiterated that no further action would be taken.

Given these circumstances neither the Prime Minister nor I see any purpose in a further investigation. The Prime Minister has already made clear that he regards Andrew Mitchell's behaviour on this occasion as falling well short of the standards expected of members of the Government.

– Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary
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