Yvette Cooper MP

Working hard for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford & Knottingley

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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...

I am bitterly disapointed to hear Knottingley and Castleford pools will be forced to close at the beginning of February after our long campaign to try to keep them open.

This is the direct consequence of the brutal £180m cuts that the Government has imposed on Wakefield Council

I am bitterly disapointed to hear Knottingley and Castleford pools will be forced to close at the beginning of February after our long campaign to try to keep them open.

This is the direct consequence of the brutal £180m cuts that the Government has imposed on Wakefield Council - including big cuts to social care budgets just when pressures are rising. The trouble is that this is so short-termist - because if you cut sports and leisure facilities then in the long run you jus...t make it harder for people to stay healthy and push up the costs of social care. Unless the Government puts more money into councils and social care in the Budget, even more local services will be hit, making it even harder for our local councillors. We need an urgent increase in cash from the Chancellor for Wakefield Council or things will get even worse.

I will be meeting tomorrow with one of the local community based groups that was interested in taking over Knottingley Sports Centre to see if there is any last shot at keeping the facilities open. In other parts of the country (for example in Stocksbridge) community asset transfers have managed to keep pools and sports centres open. I'm urging the Council to work with these groups and to give them time to draw up proper plans rather than rush to closure. Having a new pool in Pontefract will be great when it opens in a few years’ time but we need facilities in other towns too. Community takeovers aren't easy given the age of the buildings but I believe every last option should be tried and if anyone else wants to get involved or be kept updated then contact me as soon as possible on 01977 553388 or coopery@parliament.uk.

I have also asked the Council for more information about the regeneration investment that they have announced, as I have long been calling for major new investment in Knottingley town centre.

I also believe there is a wider problem for towns like ours right across the country. It is deeply unfair that towns across Britain are taking the biggest brunt of Government cuts to services, while more new investment and jobs go into the biggest cities so towns get left behind. That's what we've seen time and again over the last few years. Ministers talk a lot about big cities but what are they doing for our towns?

We need a major shift in Government policy to get a fairer deal for towns.

Dissapointment at closure of Knottingley and Castleford Leisure Centres

I am bitterly disapointed to hear Knottingley and Castleford pools will be forced to close at the beginning of February after our long campaign to try to keep them open....


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