Does Yvette want to be Labour leader?

April 1, 2012 1:50 pm

Watch Yvette Cooper being questioned by Andrew Marr on her leadership ambitions:

  • nottinghampaul

    Oh come on. This really is a non-story. What did she actually say? 1) The bookies are rubbish – look how wrong they called Bradford West 2) She isn’t happy with her current job because she wants to be the actual Home Sec (with Ed M as PM) not the Shadow one. Why are people trying to turn this into a plot against Miliband?

    • treborc

      I think she handled it very well.

      • nottinghampaul

        Yep. I agree completely. Very loyal despite what some would like to see.

  • Geraint

    The BBC truble making again., 

    • Geraint

      Trouble, of course I meant.  typo 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

    There isn’t a vacancy

    • treborc

      When has that stopped an interviewer  from trying to make a story, he pushed it by saying yes but what if.

      It would have been easy for her to have said well, yes if.

    • Jeff_Harvey

      Obviously you’re not talking about the “vacancy” between many a politician’s ears.

  • Jeff_Harvey

    What is laughable is that some people think that Yvette Cooper as Labour leader would make more people trust and turn to Labour than Ed Miliband. Talk about grasping at squaws… sorry… straws.

    I beg your pudding!

    • treborc

       Squaws Jesus mate is that what you think of women squaws

      • Winston_from_the_Ministry

        Got something against Algonquians Robert?

        • treborc

           very funny.

      • Jeff_Harvey

        No, treborc. But it IS what I think of Yvette Cooper.

        • treborc

          Well over the years labour has come to be what it is, middle class middle of the road party for careerists, you have most Union these days run by people who see the labour party as a second source of income.

          Life I suspect

  • Jeff_Harvey

    What is laughable is that some people think that Yvette Cooper as Labour leader would make more people trust and turn to Labour than Ed Miliband. Talk about grasping at squaws… sorry… straws.

    I beg your pudding!

  • Dave Postles

    What any serious leader of Labour should state irrevocably now is that there will never be any accommodation with the LiBDem MPs who are now in Parliament.  They are charlatans, all of them.  After their rabid denunciation of Labour’s ‘authoritarianism’, they have supported a government which is introducing expanded surveillance of electronic communications by GCHQ.   You cannot negotiate with deceit and hypocrisy.  They are mere lickspittles and despicable.

    • http://twitter.com/gonzozzz dave stone

      ” there will never be any accommodation with the LiBDem MPs who are now in Parliament”

      Fat chance. Ancient Westminster proverb: When ministerial limousines are waiting, deals will be done.

  • Dave Postles

    Probably futile, but please consider signing the petition:

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31791

  • Politique

    Yvette Cooper,

    Jeff  you have a solid point. Yvette Cooper talks a real good job.

    This is the criteria you need for Labour Leader.
     
    1. Attend an Oxbridge university
    2. Visit your constituency office once a week on Friday.
    3. Live in London
    4. Have your children attend a school in London and not in you local constituency.
    5. Go to Harvard university as a visiting lecturer.
    6. No life experience
    7. No link or familiarities to those that you represent (working class)
    8. Be unpopular with your local members and constituents.
    9. Be out of touch with the community, labour party members and society as a whole
    10. Favoured for a safe seat (Parachuted by stealth)
    11. Go on Andrew Marr on a Sunday morning because it easy to do so because I live in
           London.
    12. Hold a monopoly in the party (The few political elite preching the many)
    13.  Have links to Unite or a major union.
    14. Run the country whilst eating lasagne at tea time.

    Quitely frankly. Is the party not getting the message. Members want better candidates, not more of the same candidates. Bradford is not a one off. People are turned off by politicians like this who are full of their self importance and ignorance. They have no real community in their blood, placing their careers before the people. Bradford has sent a message you can win a seat by changing tactics.

    Question
    When MP’s are campaigning in the constituencies they don’t represent, they turn up on a friday to do a surgery or visit their constituency office, attend think tank conferences and residential weekends, have summer of (three months break), easter off and xmas off, attend two labour labour party conferences, stay in London all week etc….when do they have time to represent and speak to their local constituents

    £62,000 pounds of taxpayers money sorry, £250,000 pounds of taxpayers money to fund an office that does not function for the people it represents.

    Now call me a cynic

    The party of privilege, not the party of the people.

     

    • LordElpus

       14 points that paint a true picture of the appalling Ms Cooper.

      The reason Ms Cooper never strays from the party line is because she needs the party “advisers” to tell her what to say . . . line by line!

    • treborc

       Ah yes but of course she is secret weapon for Labour, when all else fails have your self a lady leader, labour Thatcher.

      It’s been said if all else fails ring for a red or pale bluer Thatcher, I can see it now  New labour has Thatcher, swing voters return home.

       But she is not, she is red, she stands up for the working class, sadly dreaming.

    • DanHodgesFan

      Nonsense. And Bradford West was a one off!

      • Politique

        Prove it

        • DanHodgesFan

          What do you mean “prove it”, I mean is your brain moribund or perhaps that is not worth answering since the answer is pretty obvious. The fact of the matter is that George Galloway stood in a seat with a massive Asians and Muslim population, where is very able to whip up racial tensions in order to gain support. He did that successfully in Bethnal Green and Bow, which was an extremely safe constituency and an area which was Labour for fifty five years before Galloway took in 2005. Labour knowing Bradford West was a relatively safe seat were utterly complacent and no one genuinely believed that Galloway would take the seat, even hours before the count. This gave him an opportunity to campaign hard on the issues he spoke about like the Afghanistan War and how much Labour abandoned them. This is the only reason why Galloway stood in that seat. But because he is very strategic and intelligent, he is also a great speaker and a charismatic man which appealed to a lot of voters. Also, he demolished the Lib Dem vote and the Tory vote too, which is a place where they need to make headway or reduce majorities if they want a majority at the next election – they flattened completely. But there is only one George Galloway and no seat that he can win.  It is an absolute one-off.

          • ThePurpleBooker

            I can’t believe that Politique genuinely thinks that Bradford West wasn’t a one-off. This is just his plot for the Labour Party to move into a loony left position! Nonsentical.

          • Politique

            DanHodgesFan,
            I suppose having George Galloway elected is the same as the one off elected English Democrat Mayor of Doncaster.

            And the green Party MP Caroline Lucas…a one off.

            Ed Miliband beating his brother who was odds on favourite…a one off.

            Boris Johnson was a one off according to Red Ken

            I can’t believe that the Labour Party actuallythinks that Ken Livingstone will become London Mayor.

            They will hoping for a one off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=697126564 Paul Halsall

    Evan as a socilaist, I admit we need charisma in a leader.

    I am not totally convinced by him yet – he still wavers too far to the right – but Chuck Umanna is head and shoulders above any other Labour politician I see on TV or in other media today.  I am sorry he flirted with Blue Labour and I know he went to a private school (at least they were very minor ones).

    He should be way ahead of Yvette in terms of who we think of next.

    [If it were a woman by the way, I would support Harriet Harman. It is ludicrous that in the UK we write off politicians over 50. Harriet is 61, and has at least 20 years more fire in here belly…]

    • http://twitter.com/gonzozzz dave stone

      Yes, Harriet is a very good performer and nearly always nails the argument.

      Chuka needs to improve his street cred and ditch the New Labour vapidity – your ‘Chuck’ is the way to go. When/if it comes to his first general election as leader his slogan should be: “Chuck Um says F*ck um!”

      • Chilbaldi

         Brilliant. You should email that suggestion to his office.

  • Chilbaldi

    Have people not learned? Having Cooper/Balls/David Milliband/etc. would be more of the same of what we currently have.

    The only options after the next election defeat are:

    Chuka Umunna
    Jim Murphy

    • Chilbaldi

       With Andy Burnham also a slight possibility.

      • Politique

        Chukka Ummuna is handpicked by Miliband. Another London dinner part attendee. No. Andy Burnham not a bad choice though

        • Alexwilliamz

          Doomed we are all doomed!

          • treborc

             Tony Blair, Cherie Blair,  come on a lot believe in the second coming of new labour.

  • ThePurpleBooker

    I think that very clearly means “YES”

  • Doc!!!

    If she where to become leader and then PM we would have  PM Cooper and Co-PM Balls 

    I’m rooting for Andy Burnham

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