Julie Cooper is the Member of Parliament for Burnley. She was elected at the General Election on May 7th 2015.
Julie is married to Brian and has two grown up children.
She is a qualified teacher of English, a former business owner and a proud supporter and season ticket holder at Burnley Football Club. Julie has served as a Councillor for the Bank Hall Ward since 2005. During this time she has held several positions of responsibility including being Councillor Leader from 2012-2014.
Under her Leadership Burnley was recognised as being The Most Enterprising Town in the UK. She is also very proud to have introduced the Living Wage to Burnley Council. She has played an active part in the work of the Health and Well Being Board and is passionate about safeguarding the NHS. Other key roles have involved service on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Panel and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership. She has also served as Armed Forces Champion for Burnley and is proud to have played a leading role in supporting former service people and their families.
In September 2015, Julie took up the post as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra. She left the role in June 2016.
Julie served as an enthusiastic member of the Health Select Committee from October 2015 to October 2016.
Since October 2016, Julie has been the Shadow Health Minister with responsibility for Community Health. Her role in the shadow health team covers primary care, the allied health profession, end of life care, physical disabilities and care integration.
In her maiden speech Julie said:
“ I am proud to have been given the opportunity to serve as the MP for Burnley and Padiham because I want to help to deliver a bright future where everyone has the opportunity to have a decent job, with decent pay and conditions, the right to live in a decent house, where every child has the chance to succeed and where every elderly person has a safe and dignified retirement. I understand that delivering economic prosperity is the key to turning this vision into a reality. Our proud heritage provides a strong foundation on which to build future economic prosperity. Burnley is a town with a distinguished industrial history: in the 19th Century Burnley produced more cotton than any other town in the world and still found time in 1888 to be founder members of the football league. Harnessing the pride, the passion and the belief is the key to driving forward a prosperous future for all. The stakeholders of Burnley, the Borough Council, the businesses, the employers, the schools, the colleges and the university have all demonstrated in recent times that they have the appetite to put Burnley at the forefront of modern manufacturing industry. Successes in this field will deliver the jobs that are so desperately needed in Burnley not least for our young people. It will secure the economic growth that we need to afford decent futures for all.
As a teacher, a parent and school governor I know that education and training that develop the potential of every young person are vital not just for the well- being of the individual but for the growth of the local economy and the wider community. I want to help to deliver prosperity for the many not just for the few. I want to ensure that excellent care services are available to all based on need and not on the ability to pay. Central to this of course is our NHS. The National Health Service, the proudest achievement of the Labour Party is still the envy of the world and embodies those principles of care for all, irrespective of ability to pay. It is important that the NHS is supported and equipped to deal with the challenges of a new century where new treatments, an ageing population and increasing expectations are a feature of everyday life. Turning the health service into a business where the profits of shareholders are more important than the well- being of patients far from solving problems signals the end of the NHS. Patients are already suffering as the NHS is slowly but surely sold off. Waiting lists are rising, it is impossible to get an appointment to see a GP and there is even now at this early stage talk of introducing a charges for seeing a doctor. This is a return to the bad old day pre 1948 when the poor could not afford medical care and it is the thin end of the wedge and it must be stopped. Only a Labour Government will stand up for the NHS and the services that support those in need. It is these services that define a civilised nation."