Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper: Ed Balls Day has become too commercial

29 April 2015 13:12

After Tristram Hunt subjected himself to an array of questions from Mumsnet users on Monday, today was Yvette Cooper’s turn in…

Teflon Theresa and outraged Yvette battle over immigration and police cuts

27 April 2015 17:50

For the longest serving Home Secretary in 50 years, Theresa May’s record in government is not without its blemishes. On…

Did anyone proofread the Labour manifesto?

13 April 2015 15:37

‘Do you mind not splitting your infinitives then. Dear me’, said Alastair Campbell to a Tory candidate on Twitter last…

Coffee Shots: Puppy love for Yvette Cooper and Will Straw

7 April 2015 14:50

Could this photo beat Nick Clegg’s hedgehog photo call to be the strangest animal election campaign snap? Here Yvette Cooper…

The immigration arms race

18 November 2014 21:01

Who is tougher on immigration? Neither the Tories nor Labour want to be left behind by Ukip, and have descended…

Yvette Cooper steals Tory immigration slogan from 2005

18 November 2014 14:48

At the height of the 2005 election, the then Tory leader Michael Howard (advised by one Lynton Crosby) declared: ‘Let’s…

Government wins European Arrest Warrant ‘vote’

10 November 2014 20:51

So Labour lost its vote delaying the vote on the European Arrest Warrant that wasn’t technically a vote on that…

Four reasons why this year’s Labour party conference felt so weak

24 September 2014 17:32

There are many reasons why Labour conference felt flat this year, and many of them are out of the party’s…

Yvette Cooper’s excellent speech shows that the Labour party has saved the best till last

24 September 2014 13:49

Yvette Cooper today reiterated her pledge to scrap the Tories’ net migration target as she addressed the Labour conference. Her…

Don’t tell schoolboys to call themselves feminists

11 July 2014 19:03

In the Independent this week, Yvette Cooper suggested that British boys should grow up as ‘confident feminists’. They need to have…

Is cross-party agreement on surveillance legislation a good thing?

10 July 2014 12:01

So all three party leaders agree that it’s worth rushing through emergency surveillance legislation. While David Cameron and Nick Clegg…

Theresa May announces independent inquiry into child abuse allegations

7 July 2014 17:24

Theresa May has just given as comprehensive a response as possible to the allegations of child abuse in the Commons.…

There’s poison in the Shadow Cabinet – and it could cost Ed Miliband the election

24 June 2014 13:50

That Ed Miliband is even having to state that he wants to carry on as Labour leader if he loses…

David Cameron has let the extremism row go on – and Labour go on the attack

9 June 2014 12:50

Yvette Cooper has been granted an urgent question on the extremism row at 2.30 today in the Commons, focusing on…

Was William Henwood’s comment about Lenny Henry racist?

6 May 2014 11:43

My colleague Hugo Rifkind has been bien-pensanting around the issue of racism, to interesting effect. His thesis, in last week’s…

In areas of weakness, Labour can only complain that the government isn’t tough enough

22 October 2013 16:49

Much of the coverage of today’s Immigration Bill has centred around those controversial ‘go home’ vans, now ditched because they…

Sketch: Question Time is no longer an honest debating chamber

4 October 2013 12:31

A good honest debating chamber. That’s how Question Time is billed. In fact it’s an unseemly gold-rush for applause. The…

Labour tries to defuse civil partnerships row – by backing government amendment

20 May 2013 14:23

This morning, Labour was facing a rather awkward choice on the Same Sex Marriage Bill. This afternoon, the opposition party…

At home with the Balls family

22 April 2013 16:57

Do you recall The Politician’s Wife by Paula Milne? It was a TV drama that aired in the dying days…

Labour will have to get used to about-turns on policies it opposed

7 March 2013 21:22

Yesterday Ed Miliband reiterated his party’s existing policies on immigration for voters, today Yvette Cooper went into further detail about…