Niamh Cooper

The Right Honourable

Niamh Cooper

MP
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Secretary of State for Technology, Science & Innovation
Assumed office
24 June 2019
PresidentClas Markuson
Preceded byOlivier Gervais
Leader of the Opposition
In office
10 October 2018 – 20 May 2019
DeputyKarl Simoneau
Preceded byMichel Fallow
Succeeded byClas Markuson
President of Ordennya
Acting
In office
24 June 2018 – 17 August 2018
Vice PresidentHerself
Preceded byKen Turin
Succeeded byJean O'Hanlon
Vice President of Ordennya
In office
1 December 2016 – 17 August 2018
PresidentAllegra Howard (2016 - 2018)
Ken Turin (2018)
Herself
Preceded byRené Parmentier
Succeeded byMaria Picard
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
10 May 2018 – 17 August 2018
PresidentKen Turin (2018)
Herself
Preceded byKen Turin
Succeeded byEuclid Artois
Home Secretary
In office
7 May 2015 – 10 May 2018
PresidentAllegra Howard
Preceded byMichael Fallow
Succeeded byJennifre Alexandre
Leader of the Green Party
In office
1 December 2016 – 20 May 2019
DeputyClas Markuson
Preceded byRené Parmentier
Succeeded byClas Markuson
Deputy Leader of the Green Party
In office
19 November 2010 – 1 December 2016
LeaderRené Parmentier
Preceded byLilly Carson
Succeeded byClement Mercier
Member of Parliament
for Västdal At-large
(1 of 21 List MPs for Västdal)
Assumed office
6 May 2005
Personal details
Born
Niamh Katrin Cooper

1 February 1977 (age 42)
Ashcombe, Estmere
NationalityOrdennyan
Political partyGreen
Alma materUniversity of North Point (BA)
University of Osea (MA)
University of Cambourg (Ph.D)
ProfessionScientist

Niamh Cooper (born 1 February 1977) is an Estmere-born Ordennyan politician and scientist, who served as Home Secretary from 2015 to 2018, Vice President of Ordennya from 2016 to 2018, Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2018, and as Leader of the Green Party since 2016.

Born in the city of Oured, Cooper graduated from the University of North Point and the University of Ambrose before receiving a PhD from the University of Cambourg in 2001. She joined the Green Party in 1991, at the age of 14. Following her graduation from the University of Cambourg, she took up a research position at the University, specialising in Environmental Studies, a position she held from 2001 until 2005, when she was first elected to Parliament.

She is known as a campaigner and writer on green economics, localisation, alternatives to globalisation, trade justice, animal welfare and food. In her time as a politician and activist, she has worked with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and think-tanks, including Compass, New Left, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and Oxfam.

Early Life and education

Cooper was born in Oured to middle-class Conservative parents, John and Beatrice Cooper. She is one of three children, and her father ran a solar panelling business.

Cooper was educated at Salford District School, a state-comprehensive in the Oured borough of Salford. She then went to the University of North Point, earning a first-class BA degree in her joint honours course of Environmental Science and Economics, graduating in 1998. While at university, Cooper went on many trips to Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and Molesworth peace camp when involved with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Cooper was an activist in CND and was involved in the Snowball Campaign against foreign military bases in the Ordennya which involved the cutting of fences with the expectation of being arrested.

Cooper won a scholarship at the University of Osea, in November City, studying an MA in Environmental Science between 1998 and 1999, before attaining a Ph.D from the University of Cambourg in 2000 with a thesis entitled Environmental Science and future of Socialist Economics.

Life and career

Early political career

After being "utterly inspired" by René Parmentier's book Seeing Green, Cooper joined the Green Party in 1991, at the age of 14. She recalled in 2007: "I thought, right! I'm going there now" to the Green's main office on Clapham High Street, near where she lived in Oured. "I'm just going to dedicate the rest of my life to this party".

Alongside her research post at Cambourg, she was active in the Green Party, campaigning for the Green candidate in the seat of Cambourg at the 2000 general election, who gained the seat from the Tories. She was later elected to the Green Party's National Executive, where she earned a reputation among the Eco-Socialist wing of the Green Party, and as a Party Moderniser.

Green Party MP

Cooper was awarded a place on the Green Party's list for the Electoral Region of Västdal at the 2005 election. She was the first of the 10 MPs elected on the city-wide list, receiving more votes than any other candidate. She entered Parliament as one of the youngest MPs, at the age of 28 Identified by leader James Harvie as a 'rising star' in the Green Party, she was awarded a place on the Green Party frontbench as the Green Party's Spokesperson on Technology, Science, and Innovation. Following the 2010 general election, in which she retained her place at the top of Västdal's list, she decided to stand for the vacated position of Female Co-Deputy Leader of the Green Party, following the resignation of Lilly Carson. While placing second on the first preference vote of Green Party members, with 32% to Valeria Harper's 36%, she won 57% of the Two-Candidate-Preferred vote and was thereby elected Co-Deputy Leader of the Green Party. Cooper was additionally promoted on the Green Frontbench to the position of Home Office spokesperson. She worked with the Shadow Home Secretary, Sam Löfgren, to bring about a series of amendments to the Conservative government's proposed Investigatory Powers Act. The Act was later withdrawn in favour of one that protected civil liberties rather than hindered them. Following the 2015 election, in which the Coalition of Socialist's & Democrats formed a coalition with the Green Party, Cooper was made Home Secretary in the Coalition Cabinet.

Home Secretary

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Leader of the Green Party and Vice President of Ordennya

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Leader of the Opposition and Far-Left Turn