Yvette Cooper MP
What a mess. The Prime Minister’s deal has lost support from all sides. For me a blindfold Brexit deal where we know so little about the future security and economic cooperation is too risky so I will vote against it. But whilst Theresa May’s deal doesn’t work, we cannot countenance no deal at all. For the sake of people across the country who no matter how they voted will be feeling let down by the chaos, it is time for Parliament, the Government and the EU to pause for breath and think again.
Keir Starmer has rightly said Labour MPs can’t sign up to anything if we don’t know where it is heading. The political declaration accompanying the Withdrawal Agreement on the long term relationship with the EU is just 7 pages long. If we leave with so little agreement on the future, our negotiating hand in those long term negotiations will be that much weaker too.
The proposed extension to Rudd Quarry in Altofts should be stopped. It is far too close to Altofts primary school and the objections in terms of dust, noise, flooding and safety far outweigh any potential benefits for the company. You can read more details on my objections here.
Yvette Cooper MP presents Luke Gale with Parliamentary Rugby League Group Super League Player of the Year Award
On Sunday afternoon (11 February), Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford and All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Member, Yvette Cooper MP, presented Castleford Tigers’ Luke Gale with the Group’s 2017 Super League Player of the Year Award.
Baby chicks are at the heart of a new pioneering project from Castleford's Manor Park Care home and Unicorn Nursery to combat loneliness by getting little children and elderly residents to rear chickens together.
Haribo is a really important local employer for us as well as a success story across the country - so it is great to see them expanding and creating more local jobs. We have a long tradition of confectionary in this area and the new Haribo investment in Whitwood as well as Pontefract makes that stronger than ever. It was great to see the new facilities and talk about skills and training as well as the new jobs they are creating
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.
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.
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 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
1 Year Anniversary Since the Closure of Kellingley Mine, Yet Britain’s Last Deep Coalminers Still Aren’t Getting a Fair Deal
On 18th December 2016 Kellingley Colliery closed for the last time, ending hundreds of years of Yorkshire mining history. The miner’s redundancy terms were far worse than those in the 80s and 90s and the Government refused calls from me and other campaigners such as the NUM to provide more support. Britain's last miners at Kellingley Colliery have had lower pay-outs that the Thoresby miners or almost all the miners in any of the past pit closures including under the Thatcher Government.