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PM 'must not backtrack' on gay marriage

Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women & Equalities, has declared "David Cameron must not backtrack on equal marriage."


The statement came in the wake of growing dissatisfaction among some Tories over the issue.

Ms Cooper said: "More and more Tory Ministers are now trying to stop same sex marriage - revealing the deep hostility to equality that remains in much of the Tory party. For the Prime Minister to give in to them now would be a betrayal of all those who oppose discrimination."


Cooper warns of cuts impact

Yvette Cooper has hit out at the Government’s cuts to the police budget, warning they are having a “disproportionate” impact on female victims of domestic violence.

In an exclusive interview with The House magazine, the Shadow Home Secretary cites evidence from an upcoming report on women’s services which suggests women’s refuges have been cut by 31%: “That’s disproportionate. They are facing higher cuts than other services.”


Labour accept police commissioners

Yvette Cooper has ended Labour's opposition to elected police and crime commissioners, saying party candidates will "make the best of a bad job" and represent communities. The Shadow Home Secretary said Labour candidates would stand on a platform of fighting cuts.


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Labour calls on Govt to take action on riot report

Labour has put pressure on the Government to take action after the report into the cause of last summer’s riots said poor education and lack of opportunity for young people were partially to blame for the violence.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the Government’s response had been “very limited” and called for a “much more comprehensive” response.

On the Today programme this morning the chair of the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel, Darra Singh, said there was a group in society that needed "intensive intervention" and that it was important not to "paper over the cracks".


PM pays tribute to PC David Rathband

David Cameron has paid tribute to David Rathband, the policeman shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, after the officer was found dead aged 44.

The PM said: “For charities and for other injured police officers and for families who had lost police officers in the line of duty, he was a very, very brave man and I’m extremely sad about what’s happened today.”

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said PC Rathband had shown “extraordinary bravery and determination” and said her thoughts were with his family. Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with PC Rathband's death.


£500m police budget gap

Police forces across the country face a £500m budget gap, equivalent to thousands of officers being lost.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the figures - obtained from police forces and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary - proved the Government's cuts went "too far, too fast". She called on the Coalition to "urgently change course and stop undermining the fight against crime".

Speaking this morning on the Andrew Marr Show, Ms Cooper also said the Government's policing reforms were in "chaos and confusion".