Daisy Cooper

DAISY COOPER ELECTED DEPUTY LEADER OF LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans, has been voted deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats by fellow MPs following the recent election of Sir Ed Davey as party leader. Daisy will use her position as deputy leader to replicate the Liberal Democrats’ historic win in the St Albans constituency at the last general election in which she overturned an 11 per cent Tory lead to win by 6,000 votes. Continue reading

'NEW REASONS’ TO SCRAP PARK STREET RAIL DEPOT PLAN

There are ‘new and compelling reasons’ why the Government should scrap plans for a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) on the site of the former Radlett Aerodrome, Daisy Cooper has told the House of Commons. She was speaking in a debate (1 September) on the proposed Park Street rail freight terminal, instigated by Daisy after St Albans District Council was “held hostage” and forced to abandon its own plans to build housing on the site. Continue reading

POOREST PENSIONERS RISK MISSING OUT ON FREE TV LICENCE

More than a million of the poorest pensioners aged 75 and over are in danger of missing out on their entitlement to a free TV licence, Daisy Cooper MP has warned during a debate in parliament. The concession, which was kept in place by the BBC for all over-75s during lockdown, comes to an end on 1 August – except for those claiming pension credit. Continue reading

DAISY VOWS TO FIGHT PARK STREET RAIL FREIGHT DEPOT PLAN ‘TO THE BITTER END’

Daisy Cooper, the Liberal Democrat MP for St Albans, has moved swiftly to secure a debate in the House of Commons on the planned Park Street rail freight terminal on the first day parliament resumes after the summer recess.  She will use the debate to warn the Government and fellow MPs of the huge damage the proposal for the 3.5 million square-metre strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) will have on the community of Park Street, on the green belt, and on the surrounding roads and commuter rail links. Continue reading

Daisy Cooper presses for extra safeguards in Grenfell fire safety bill

Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans, joined the Fire Safety Bill Committee in the House of Commons in a bid to shape the law governing multi-occupied residential buildings in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy. The Fire Safety Bill proposes changes to the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify who is responsible for managing and reducing the risk of fire for the structure and external walls of flats and similar buildings, including cladding, balconies and windows, entrance doors and fire doors. Continue reading

Extend support to protect local jobs, warns St Albans MP

Daisy Cooper is urging the Government to bring forward bespoke packages of support for key sectors, such as hospitality, or face a surge in job losses in St Albans. The Liberal Democrat MP for St Albans warns that thousands of families face “financial uncertainty” and is calling for the Government to do more. Continue reading

Daisy calls on chancellor to support ‘zero-rights employees’

Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans, is demanding financial support for a group of #ForgottenFreelances who have fallen through the cracks of the chancellor’s Covid-19 aid packages – particularly those who have a combination of PAYE and other income. The key group of freelances and self-employed, also known as “zero-rights employees”, typically work shifts for newspapers, broadcasters, magazines and publishers. Continue reading

Daisy Cooper leads cross-party push to keep pubs in business

Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans, is leading a cross-party call to protect pubs in the face of the “unique combination of challenges” created by the Covid-19 crisis. Daisy has rallied MPs from the Tory, Labour, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Green parties to call on government ministers to ensure pubs – a “cornerstone of British culture” – are in a position to re-open once social distancing measures are eased.  Continue reading

Abbey Line passing loop to receive government funding to further develop plans

Local St Albans MP Daisy Cooper welcomes government funding to develop plans for Abbey Line passing loop. A proposal to the Department for Transport to secure investment in the Abbey Line has progressed to the next stage with funding awarded to develop a business case. Continue reading

EXTEND INCOME SUPPORT FOR SELF-EMPLOYED, DAISY URGES GOVERNMENT

Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans, is urging the Government to extend income support for self-employed workers as it has done with furlough payments for employees. From 13 May, millions of self-employed people can claim grants worth 80 per cent of average monthly profit, up to a maximum of £7,500, to cover March, April and May. Continue reading