Huge blow to Starmer as MP’s shock resignation rocks Labour Party days before conference

Ms Cooper did not make clear the exact timing of when she was planning to step down, but said in a statement: “It has been an incredible honour and privilege to have served the people of West Lancashire for the last 17 years.

“I have loved every minute, even in the most difficult times.”

She added that she understood “this will come as a surprise to many people”.

“There is no question I am very sad that my time in West Lancashire has come to an end.

“I leave certain that I gave everything I had to this role which I love, and to people who have come to mean a great deal to me.

“To the residents of West Lancashire, I wish you the very best for the future and I will continue to take an interest from a distance.”

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