Rosie Cooper MP was elected in May 2005 to be the Labour Member of Parliament for West Lancashire. During her relatively short time in Parliament Rosie has been campaigning vigorously on health issues, specifically against the merging of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust with Liverpool Hospitals. She sits on the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee as well as various Standing Committees dealing with individual pieces of legislation, such as the Violent Crime Reduction Bill. On 8 May 2006, Rosie was appointed a PPS to Rt Hon Lord Rooker, Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Rosie has been actively involved in politics since the age of 16 becoming a Liverpool City Councillor in 1973 for Broadgreen. During her 28 years as a City Councillor Rosie also became the Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1992-93.
As the eldest child of deaf parents the young Rosie Cooper was often her parents’ voice. It was during these years Rosie became aware of the barriers facing people with disability and that she had to fight hard to make her parents voices heard. Rosie’s political career has very much been shaped by her experiences as a child of deaf parents.
Rosie has been involved in health issues and the National Health Service for the past thirty years. She has been involved with the NHS as a member of Liverpool Health Authority and then Vice-Chair between 1994 and 1996. In 1996 she became Chair of Liverpool Women’s Hospital. During her tenure as Chair Rosie successfully delivered Foundation Trust status for the hospital in 2005.
Rosie was a trustee of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. In fact she was the person who introduced Roy Castle to the Moores Family (Littlewoods) and from that we now have the only dedicated Lung Cancer Research Centre in the world associated with the University of Liverpool.
In addition to health issues Rosie has been active in working on equality issues. In 2001 she project managed the Equal Opportunities Taskforce on Women and Equal Pay.
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament Rosie worked for the Littlewoods Organisation for over 20 years. Starting out as a management trainee in the buying division of Littlewoods chainstores Rosie progressed through the company to become PR Manager of Littlewoods International and subsequently the Group Corporate Communications Manager. She is a member of USDAW having been a staff representative for 13 years.
In addition Rosie is a former Director of the Merseyside Director for Deaf People and is currently a Board Member of Cosmopolitan Housing Association.