Rosie Cooper steps down as MP for West Lancashire

Rosie Cooper, Labour MP and West Lancashire constituency representative, will resign this autumn after she took on a new role with NHS.

Cooper was first elected to the office of the Labour Party MP for West Lancashire in 2005, being re-elected in 2019 with a majority of 8,336.

The seat for West Lancashire is located in the very bottom left corner. It covers the towns Skelmersdale Burscough, Ormskirk and Burscough.  This seat is home to a number commuters from Manchester or Liverpool, as well the traditional working class town Ormskirk.

This area was held narrowly by the Conservatives in 1980s. However, in recent years it has lent heavily to Labour. The party has held this area consistently since 1992.


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Cooper said it had been “an incredible honour and privilege” to serve in the Commons since 2005, and acknowledged her departure would “come as a surprise to many people” given she had recently been reselected to stand at the next general election.

She also added that she was “very sad that my time in West Lancashire has come to an end” and added that she would become chair of Mersey Care NHS foundation trust.

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Cooper said she had taken a “considerable period of soul-searching and reflection” before applying for the new role adding: “The events I have faced over the last few years are well documented and undoubtedly have taken their toll.”

Her statement did not specify when she would step down as a parliamentarian, but a byelection will be held in the seat of north-west England at that time.

Labour’s  performance at the local elections in May and its retaking of a “red wall” seat in Wakefield arguably stands them in good stead to be successful in this by-election. Nevertheless, the contest will still be viewed as a test of Liz Truss’s ability as prime minister to turn the tables around for her party who have remained stagnant in the polls since last December.