Yvette Cooper wins Northampton group’s vote to be next Labour leader

Contender Yvette Cooper has won the support of Northampton's Labour group in her party's leadership battle.
Contender Yvette Cooper has won the support of Northampton's Labour group in her party's leadership battle.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper is set to receive the majority of Northampton Labour party’s vote when the reds’ leadership election is held later this year.

The MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, who is one of the frontrunners to become party leader, won the majority share of votes from around 100 Labour councillors and supporters in Northampton during its annual general meeting last night.

Northampton’s constituency party, whose individual members will be balloted officially when the Labour leadership election is held later in the year, also voted MP Tom Watson as its choice for the party’s deputy leader role.

Newly elected chairman of Northampton Labour Group, Councillor Rufia Ashraf, (Lab, St James) said: “At our meeting we had many passionate speeches for each of the four leadership candidates and really compelling arguments were put across.

“In the end it was a close vote but Yvette Cooper was nominated for leader. Jeremy Corbyn was second. Tom Watson is our choice for Deputy Leader.”

And on taking over from Councillor Danielle Stone as chairman of the group Councillor Ashraf, said: “I am pleased to be elected Chair of Northampton Labour Party.

“We believe in democracy, equality and community and when we discussed who should be elected Leader of the Labour Party these values were at the forth front of our minds.

“We have a Tory Government, Tory County Council and a Tory Borough Council that are making many cuts to our public services and we are strongly opposed to this austerity agenda.”