FORMER Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Rosie Cooper MP, will be made an Honorary Alderman of the city on Tuesday (31 May).
Immediate Release: Monday 30th May 2011
First elected in 1973, aged 22, she was the youngest female councillor in the country at the time.
She served the city as a ward member in Broadgreen and Allerton, before stepping down in 2000.
She was Lord Mayor in 1992/3 and, following her retirement, remained active in politics and was elected to Parliament in 2005 as the Member for West Lancashire.
Lord Mayor Frank Prendergast said: “Rosie made a huge contribution to the city during her lengthy period of service on the city council, and has been a distinguished servant of the people over many decades.
“I am delighted to be able to bestow this civic honour upon her, as it is richly deserved.”
Council leader 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.”
Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Paula Keaveney, said: “Rosie blazed a trail for women when she entered politics in Liverpool as the youngest female councillor in the country.
“When she entered politics is was a lot tougher for women to make their mark and it’s a tribute to her determination that she did just that.”
Rosie Cooper 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.”