Daisy Cooper

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

FRONTLINE WORKERS NEED ‘FULL PACKAGE OF SUPPORT’ IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

A call to roll out a full package of support for NHS and social care staff is being made by Daisy Cooper, MP for St Albans, following the launch of a bereavement scheme for the families of frontline workers. Continue reading

Daisy Cooper MP joins call to maintain social distancing during Ramadan

Daisy Cooper, MP for St Albans, has joined prominent figures in the British Asian community in signalling the need to maintain Covid-19 social distancing during Ramadan, the holy month of Islam, which begins on Thursday evening (23 April). “I know that many families in St Albans will be preparing for the start of Ramadan, when normally there would be lots of family and community gatherings. Unfortunately, this year social distancing does not allow these to happen if we are to save lives and protect the NHS,” said Daisy. Continue reading

DAISY LEADS CROSS-PARTY BID TO SUPPORT CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans, is leading a cross-party effort to secure Government economic support for the UK’s world-leading creative industries and the many small businesses and workers being branded on social media as #ForgottenLTD and #forgottenfreelancers. Continue reading

'Influential five' help celebrate International Women's Day

Five influential women involved in the business community and charity work talked about their successes and challenges at a packed event to mark International Women’s Day, hosted by St Albans MP Daisy Cooper. They included (l to r) Emma Bustamante, owner of Cositas on Holywell Hill, Ruby Raut, chief executive of Wuka, the period pants company, Alison Bainbridge, founder of St Albans-based market research business Kokoro, Lisa Reiner, managing director of the European and Asia-Pacific arm of global branding agency Beanstalk, and Laura Hussey, an environmentalist and human rights advocate. Continue reading