Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is supporting a Government-backed award to recognise the valuable contribution made by female war veterans who worked on the home front to provide food and timber for the nation during the Second World War.

Rosie said: “During the dark days of the Second World War, thousands of women worked hard to provide food and timber to the nation. These Women were members of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps. We should honour the determination, courage and spirit they showed in extra-ordinary circumstances”.

It is for this reason that Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs decided to formally acknowledge their efforts by awarding a badge of recognition. Felling trees, ploughing fields, harvesting crops and looking after animals are some of the tasks these women carried out in the service of their country.

Rosie added: “These ladies worked tirelessly from dawn until dusk, without the benefits of the technologies we have today. For a lot of them, this was the first time they had ever been on a farm, let alone worked on one. It is absolutely right that we recognise their efforts and the great debt of gratitude that the country owes to them”.

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