Rosie Cooper

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Rosie Cooper
Rosie Cooper MP (right) (7486282656).jpg
Rosie Cooper (right).
Member of Parliament
for West Lancashire
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Colin Pickthall
Majority 4,343 (8.9%)
Personal details
Born (1950-09-05) 5 September 1950 (age 65)
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Nationality English
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Liverpool

Rosemary Elizabeth Cooper (born 5 September 1950) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Lancashire since 2005.

Early years[edit]

Cooper was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, the daughter of deaf parents. She was educated locally, initially at St Oswald's Roman Catholic Primary School and at Bellerive Convent Grammar School (now known as Bellerive FCJ High School on Ullet Road (A5089) in Dingle, Liverpool. She then attended the University of Liverpool.

Working life[edit]

Cooper originally worked for a company called W. Cooper Ltd 1973-1980 before joining Littlewoods initially as a buyer, when in 1994 she became the public relations manager and then, in 1995, the group corporate communications manager. She became a project coordinator in 1999 before she left Littlewoods in 2001, when she was appointed director at the Merseyside Centre for the Deaf.

She was a member of Liverpool Health Authority and held the position of Vice-Chair between 1994 and 1996. In 1996 she became Chair of Liverpool Women’s Hospital [1]

She has also acted as a trustee of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and a Director of the Merseyside Centre for Deaf People.[1]

Liberal Democrat days[edit]

Cooper was elected, aged 22, to the Liverpool City Council as a Liberal councillor in 1973, and in 1992 became the Lord Mayor of Liverpool; she stood down from the city council in 2000.

She fought her first Westminster campaign at the 1983 General Election when she was selected to contest the safe Labour seat of Liverpool Garston where she finished in third place more than 14,000 votes behind the winner Eddie Loyden.

Next Cooper contested the 1986 Knowsley North by-election caused by the resignation to become a television presenter of the Labour MP Robert Kilroy-Silk. The by-election was won by Labour's George Howarth, with a clear margin of 6,724 votes, and she did not do much better when she contested the seat again a few months later at the 1987 General Election finishing 21,098 votes behind Howarth.

At the 1992 General Election, now a Liberal Democrat, she was back in her native Liverpool, coming second at Liverpool Broadgreen 7,027 votes behind Labour's Jane Kennedy, but ahead of the former deselected Labour MP Terry Fields.

From 1973- 1984 Cooper was councillor for the Broadgreen ward. In 1986-2000 Cooper represented the Aighburth ward before in 1999 she switched to the Labour Party and stood in Netherly ward in 2000.

Labour days[edit]

She joined the Labour Party and contested the European Parliament elections in 2004 in the North West region. She became the party's candidate from an all female short list in the West Lancashire constituency at the 2005 general election following the retirement of the sitting MP Colin Pickthall. Cooper was elected to the House of Commons at her fifth attempt with a majority of 6,084, and remains the MP there. She made her maiden speech on 24 May 2005.[2]

Since her election she has been a member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, and was part of the successful campaign that stopped the merger of the Southport and Ormskirk hospitals. In June 2006 she became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Lord Rooker, a Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

On 9 August 2006, the Daily Telegraph wrote that Cooper had written to the Prime Minister's office reporting the viewpoint of some of her constituents expressed to her, that they would be appalled, if Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven were given a state funeral, the first female prime minister and a leader more politically divisive than others of the late 20th century.[3]

In 2007 she became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ben Bradshaw, initially when he was Minister of State in the Department of Health until 2009, when she remained his PPS when he was made Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. She is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Health Select Committee.[1]

In 2013, she became one of the few Labour MPs to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which eventually passed with cross-party support.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Rosie Cooper". Health Select Committee. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Hansard, 24 May 2005
  3. ^ 'Blair attacked over veto on state funeral for Lady Thatcher', Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2006
  4. ^ George Eaton, "Labour and Lib Dem MPs who voted against gay marriage: full list", New Statesman, 06-02-2013. Last retrieved 26 August 2013.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Colin Pickthall
Member of Parliament for West Lancashire