Who Is Daisy Cooper, The Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader

Meet the Liberal Democrats Deputy Leader

Daisy Cooper

by Shereen Low |
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As she faces off against her rivals at the ITV Election Debate tonight, Daisy Cooper, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, will be hoping to hold her own. The Lib Dem politician – who helped to steal Rishi Sunak’s thunder by photobombing him on a passing speed boat brandishing Liberal Democrat placards while he was speaking to voters on dry land – will be vying against Conservatives’ Penny Mordaunt, Labour’s Angela Rayner and Green Party’s Carla Denyer as well as Reform UK’s Nigel Farage, Stephen Flynn from the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru’s Rhun ap Iorwerth.

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Ahead of tonight’s face-off, here’s everything you need to know about Daisy.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper speaks at Bournemouth International Centre on September 23, 2023 in Bournemouth, England. The Liberal Democrats are the third largest political party by number of votes in the UK. Led by Ed Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton, they campaign on seven core values: liberty, equality, democracy, community, human rights, internationalism, and environmentalism. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

Who is Daisy Cooper?

In addition to being the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats to Ed Davey, Daisy, 42, is the party’s spokesperson for health, wellbeing and social care. She was previously the digital, culture, media and sport spokesperson and education spokesperson for the party. While Parliament is dissolved, she’s back to being the Lib Dem candidate for St Albans, helping constituents with their issues.

‘St Albans is my home and when I was elected I said I would always put St Albans first – and I have,’ she said. ‘I’m so proud of my small team. Together, we’ve now helped local residents with more than 35,000 personal and political queries.’ She added, ‘I came into politics because I wanted to make a difference.’

Daisy won the seat in 2019, becoming the first ‘Liberal’ to hold the position in over 100 years since 1904, ending years of Tory dominance, as she unseated the previous Conservative MP Anne Main, who had held the role for nine years.

Is Daisy Cooper married?

Daisy is married to husband Rob but he prefers to keep a low profile. ‘My job is so consuming. We try and have a date night at least once every fortnight,’ the MP said. ‘That can either just be a takeaway or a meal at home, or going out somewhere for a few drinks, just to make sure that we always have time for us.’

Where did she study?

Daisy studied Law at Leeds University and gained a Master of Laws degree in public international law from Nottingham University. Before becoming involved in politics, she had a background in charity – she worked in Commonwealth affairs for ten years, campaigning for LGBT+ rights abroad and against human rights violations in Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. She also worked with victims of press abuse at the Hacked Off campaign.

What does Daisy care about?

Not only is she passionate about her home St Albans, she’s a fierce supporter for local pubs and businesses, she’s campaigned for fairer energy prices for pubs, restaurants and hospitality businesses – winning her the Pub Parliamentarian of the Year award by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beer.

As the party’s spokesperson for health, wellbeing and social care, she’s hoping to help reform the country’s health and social care system. An advocate for free personal care, the party has announced a £5 billion-a-year plan to provide free carers and social care workers. ‘We need only look at the current inequalities in our health and care system to know that what we are doing at the moment is not working,’ she said. ‘The Lib Dems are committed to making sure that social care is a big issue in the election.’

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