Daisy Cooper

THE EDUCATION SECRETARY HAS TO GO – NOW

Many people, including me, will be sad but not surprised that Sir Kevan is standing down. The education recovery commissioner resigned in a row over the Government’s £1.4bn catch-up fund for children – just a tenth of the £15bn package that Sir Kevan proposed. Continue reading

Time’s running out for hundreds of EU citizens in St Albans, says Daisy Cooper

The St Albans MP is calling for all EU citizens in the UK to be given the automatic right to stay, as figures reveal that 390 people living in St Albans are still waiting for the Home Office to process their applications. Continue reading

ST ALBANS LIB DEMS TAKE CONTROL OF COUNCIL AFTER LOCAL ELECTION TRIUMPH

The Liberal Democrats will run St Albans City and District Council as the majority party after winning five additional seats in the local elections on 6 May. In the battle for the district council, Liberal Democrats took seats from the Tories in Harpenden East, Harpenden North, Marshalswick North and Marshalswick South, and from Labour in Batchwood and Sopwell. The local party also won Ashley ward well ahead of the Greens. Continue reading

St Albans MP slams passing of fire safety bill and describes fire safety as a ‘national scandal of epic proportions’

This week the fire safety bill passed into law despite Liberal Democrat attempts to persuade the Conservative Government to fix the bill or let it fall and introduce a better version in the next Queen’s speech. Continue reading

DAISY CALLS FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO INTERVENE OVER LUTON AIRPORT EXPANSION

Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans, has called in parliament for an application by Luton Airport to increase passenger numbers to 19 million a year to be ‘called in’ for scrutiny by central government. Daisy was leading a debate in the House of Commons about the proposed expansion of Luton Airport, which also included Richard Fuller, MP for North East Bedfordshire, and Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. Continue reading

GOVERNMENT MUST COMPENSATE FRONTLINE WORKERS WITH 'LONG COVID'

Daisy Cooper MP is urging the Government to recognise ‘long Covid’ as an occupational disease and to launch a compensation scheme for frontline workers living with the condition. The MP for St Albans has joined politicians from seven UK political parties in calling for a scheme that would mirror the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme to support frontline NHS, social care and key workers such as teachers, who have contracted Covid-19 while responding to the pandemic and are now unable to return to work because of the long-term debilitating effects. Continue reading

VACCINATION TEAM AT BATCHWOOD WINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR 'AMAZING WORK'

Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans, has joined Matt Hancock, the health and social care secretary, in thanking and congratulating ‘Club Batchwood’ for being one of the best-performing vaccination centres in Britain. The centre was set up by a group of eight St Albans GP surgeries at the Batchwood Hall nightclub venue, one of the ‘first wave’ of inoculation hubs in the country and among the first to vaccinate all over-80s. Continue reading

DAISY CALLS FOR PUBLIC TO SUPPORT ALL-PARTY PLAN TO SAVE NIGHTTIME INDUSTRIES

Daisy Cooper MP is urging pub-goers, restaurant diners, live music lovers and local night-time businesses to share their views on the importance of the hospitality and entertainment sectors to help MPs develop a plan for their survival and recovery post-pandemic. The MP for St Albans is asking customers, staff and employees to submit evidence to a cross-party group of MPs – via an online survey – on how these sectors have been impacted by the pandemic and their importance to the cultural and economic life of the UK, including to people’s own personal well-being. Continue reading

OLLIE FOUNDATION HELPS STUDENTS COPE WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY CAUSED BY PANDEMIC

Students returning from university can join a series of talks and workshops being offered by the Ollie Foundation to help them cope with stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic. Ollie’s programme of free Winter Wellbeing online courses, which are taking place throughout December and January, is being supported by Daisy Cooper MP as the focus of her 2020 Christmas Appeal. Continue reading

MP invites good causes to seize free online funding opportunity

Local charities, volunteer organisations and community groups are invited to take part with Daisy Cooper MP in a free online workshop designed to help good causes in her constituency raise much-needed funds. The virtual funding workshop will be held on 6 January at 14:00 and is being hosted by People’s Postcode Lottery, which last year raised £8 million for thousands of community groups and good causes across the country and distributed more than £34,000 to small, local charities and projects in St Albans. Continue reading