Morley and Outwood Labour Party pledges support to Yvette Cooper

Morley and Outwood members are backing Yvette Cooper's bid to become the next Labour leader.
Morley and Outwood members are backing Yvette Cooper's bid to become the next Labour leader.

Morley and Outwood Labour Party members have pledged to support Yvette Cooper in the upcoming leadership contest.

At a special meeting for members and affiliated supporters held on July 3, they voted overwhelmingly to provide a supporting nomination for Ms Cooper.

Coun Neil Dawson, chairman of the Morley and Outwood Labour Party, said: “We thought it was important to give our 400 members a chance to discuss the leadership election and to provide an indication of the views of members before the ballot papers are issued next month.

“We are pleased to be supporting Yvette Cooper, the MP for our neighbouring constituency of Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford to be the new Labour leader.”

Ms Cooper is the wife of former Morley and Outwood MP and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, who suffered a sensational defeat in May’s General Election when he was ousted by Conservative Andrea Jenkyns.

Other Labour MPs in the running for leaderhip include Liz Kendall, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn.

Morley and Outwood Labour members also voted to support Stella Creasy MP to be Deputy Leader of the party.

The ballot papers for the contest will be issued to members on August 14 and the ballot completed by September 10. Odds for Ms Cooper to win the contest are currently at five to two, with Mr Burnham as the favourite.