Yvette Cooper MP

Working hard for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford & Knottingley

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Action needed on street drinking in Castleford

Castleford needs the same powers as Pontefract and Wakefield to stop problem street drinking in the town. Support my petition for action here.

Residents and shop workers shouldn't have to put up with anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking that has grown in Castleford town centre. It's completely unfair.


That's why I've called for a "Public Spaces Protection Order" for Castleford town centre which would mean our neighbourhood police could step in to stop people getting drunk in the street - Pontefract and Wakefield already have these powers, we need them in Castleford too. Wakefield Council have said they will put forward plans for a PSPO and they are asking for people's views. But we need to show that these plans have strong backing across our town. So please sign my petition if you agree.

This problem has grown and it's not fair on people shopping, living and working in our town centre - so we also need stronger action to prevent problem street drinking in the first place. 

 

Action needed on street drinking in Castleford

Action needed on street drinking in Castleford Castleford needs the same powers as Pontefract and Wakefield to stop problem street drinking in the town. Support my petition for action here....

A massive thank you to people across Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley who re-elected me to Parliament yesterday for the sixth time. It is a real honour and privilege to represent our towns and I am determined to keep up the fight for jobs and public services in our area. I am also really grateful to all the brilliant local Labour Party members and supporters who helped with the campaign.

 

Yvette Cooper was re-elected as the MP for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley on the 8th June 2017 with a majority of 14,000. 

On her re-election Yvette commented:

"A massive thank you to people across Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley who re-elected me to Parliament yesterday for the sixth time. It is a real honour and privilege to represent our towns and I am determined to keep up the fight for jobs and public services in our area. I am also really grateful to all the brilliant local Labour Party members and supporters who helped with the campaign."

Yvette Re-elected as MP for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley

A massive thank you to people across Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley who re-elected me to Parliament yesterday for the sixth time. It is a real honour and privilege to...

I’m not sure if Parliament has ever seen children dancing Gangnam style in its corridors before, but that's what I ended up doing with pupils from St Joseph's Castleford when they visited Parliament this week. We had a great discussion about how the House of Commons works, and how new laws are made but when the last question was about Strictly, none of us could resist having a quick go.

I’m not sure if Parliament has ever seen children dancing Gangnam style in its corridors before, but that's what I ended up doing with pupils from St Joseph's Castleford when they visited Parliament this week. We had a great discussion about how the House of Commons works, and how new laws are made but when the last question was about Strictly, none of us could resist having a quick go.

 

I've always seen visiting local schools or meeting up with them if they visit Parliament as a great part of the job and a chance to champion education for our future.

 

But that's what makes it so shocking to hear about the big cuts the Government is planning for education in our area. Some schools will be losing hundreds of thousands of pounds - the equivalent of over £700 per pupil.

 

The Tories have decided to change the funding formula and shift money round the country, and the budget is being squeezed too. But our area already gets less funding for schools than many others and now we are being even more badly hit.

 

I’ve been told that some of our local secondary schools could even be forced to cut up to a dozen teachers to make ends meet if this goes ahead.

 

Already Head Teachers across the country are cutting back on new equipment. Surveys show that the cuts are resulting in fewer clubs, a narrowed curriculum, less support for children with mental health issues, crumbling buildings, reduced access for children to IT based learning and no new textbooks or planners.

 

It’s not fair on our children. The education they get now affects their future for decades to come. I don't want to see the clock turned back to overcrowded classes, over stretched teachers or outdated equipment.

 

I've contacted all our local schools in Pontefract, Castleford, Normanton and Knottingley to see how hard they will be hit.   Labour MPs across the country are campaigning to halt these cuts and reforms. The Government must not turn their back on areas like ours or on our children's future. Westminster does a lot to welcome children to visit but that's not good enough if in reality they are letting children down.

 

Cuts to Education in Our Area

I’m not sure if Parliament has ever seen children dancing Gangnam style in its corridors before, but that's what I ended up doing with pupils from St Joseph's Castleford when...


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