Rosie Cooper MP has had the prestigious award of ‘Honorary Alderman’ bestowed upon her by Liverpool City Council in recognition of her 27 years service on the council and as Lord Mayor.
Prior to being elected, as the MP for West Lancashire, Rosie served on Liverpool City Council from 1973 to 2000. Rosie was elected on to the council at just 22. At the time she was the youngest female councillor in the country. In 1992-93 Rosie was the city’s Lord Mayor for the municipal year.
In response to this honour, MP Rosie said:
“It has always been my honour and privilege to the serve the communities in Liverpool and now in West Lancashire who have elected me to be their representative, to fight their corner.
“I would like to thank Joe Anderson, leader of Liverpool City Council, and the council members for generously awarding me an Honorary Alderman of the City of Liverpool. I also thank my parents who in their disability instilled in me the public service values which drive me today and all the people that have worked alongside me and provided me with help, support and guidance.
Labour Leader of the City Council, Councillor Joe Anderson said:
“Rosie Cooper has been a voice for people and she has been dedicated in her public service for 40 years, the majority of them on Liverpool City Council. She certainly built a fearsome reputation over the years motivated by one principle - to do what is right for the people she represents and to be on their side.
“I know that the excellent work she did for the people of Liverpool she continues to do today for the residents of West Lancashire. They are extremely lucky to have such a tough, committed MP who will fight for them and their priorities.
“It is only right that we acknowledge and honour the lifetime of commitment, hard work and dedication Rosie has given in public service. She has truly made a difference to so many people’s lives and continues to do so.