Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper is shadow home secretary and minister for women and equalities

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16- to 19-year-olds the most likely to be victims of domestic violenc

We must educate our sons to save our daughters

No teenage boy should grow up persuaded that abuse is normal

Young Syrian refugees play at the 'Container City' refugee camp at Oncupinar, Turkey

The situation for Syria's refugees is desperate. Our Government must now sign up to the UN's resettlement plan

Why are ministers so resistant to provide this limited help?

Yvette Cooper visiting a creche for delegates at a maternity care conference while pregnant with second son Joel

As the first minister to take maternity leave, I know how difficult it can be

Yvette Cooper explains why everyone would benefit from making life easier for new mothers

A protester makes his point in Trafalgar Square

Marriage is about joy, whatever your gender

The Shadow Home Secretary hopes the happiness of wedded equality will drown out the angry brigade

Stop giving us excuses, ignore the backlash and get on with legalising same-sex marriage

Supporters need to be loud and proud and show Mr Cameron there's no cause to delay

What is Cameron's problem with women?

We already know David Cameron has a problem with women. But the stories from the sacking of Caroline Spelman suggests he has a particular problem with older women too. And it matters. Not because of one environment secretary or a few senior politicians. But because women across the country are being heavily hit by this Government, and older women are getting particularly squeezed. And we cannot afford a Prime Minister who doesn't get it or doesn't care.

Yvette Cooper: This is no way to protect our freedom

The Coalition Government has failed to explain how these plans are proportionate to the problem

Right of Reply: Yvette Cooper

The Minister for Public Health replies to a leading article which supported the High Court judgment overturning the Government's ban on tobacco advertising

Junior school to coal face, we can make a difference

Yvette Cooper, a former economics writer on The Independent, has just passed her first half year as an MP. She always knew that parliamentary politics would be a weird way to make a living. But does she still feel the battle to be elected was worth the trouble?

My brief encounters of a lasting kind on road to the House House election trail

Yvette Cooper, Independent journalist and prospective MP, describes her baptism of fire in pursuit of a seat
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