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I have been a member of the Labour Party since I was a teenager and have been MP for Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley since 1997. As well as being a constituency MP, I am currently also the Minister for Housing in the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Inverness, Scotland, 1969, to Tony Cooper (trade unionist) and June Cooper (Maths teacher).

Eggars Comprehensive, Alton, Hampshire, Alton Sixth Form College, Oxford University, Harvard University, London School of Economics.

Economic Researcher for late John Smith, Policy Advisor to Bill Clinton Presidential Campaign, Policy Adviser to Labour Treasury Team on public spending, Economic columnist and leader writer, The Independent newspaper.


June 2007 | Minister for Housing, attending Cabinet

2005 | Minister of State (Minister for Housing and Planning), Department for Communities and Local Government (formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister).

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June 2003 | appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

May 29 2002 | appointed Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department.

October 1999 | appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health.

May 1997 | elected Labour Member of Parliament for Pontefract and Castleford.

Previously | member, Education and Employment Select Committee; member of Employment Sub-Committee; member, Intelligence and Security Committee; All-party Coalfield Communities Group.

Special Political Interest
Unemployment, energy (coal industry), child poverty.

Trade Union Membership
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I am married to Ed Balls and we have two daughters and one son.
I enjoy swimming, painting portraits (badly) and I try to watch the West Wing between Disney videos.



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Yvette Cooper MP
Constituency Office: 2 Wesley Street | CASTLEFORD | WF10 1AE
Tel 01977 553388 | e-mail:coopery@parliament.uk