Sophie Cook Talks

Not today : How I chose life

The national disgrace of homelessness

The national disgrace of homelessness

The chancellor recently announced £20m for schemes aimed at supporting people affected by homelessness and repeated the aim of ending rough-sleeping by 2027, whilst I welcome the investment it falls short of what is required to make real, permanent change to the issue. More than 300,000 people in Britain, one in every 200, are homeless or living in inadequate homes, according to Shelter, and as...

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ONS figures prove that deprivation kills, it doesn’t have to be like this

ONS figures prove that deprivation kills, it doesn’t have to be like this

For anyone that argues that deprivation doesn’t exist within the UK in 2017 new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) should come as a wake up call. Of course deprivation exists, you’ve only got to walk around some of our inner city areas or forgotten estates on the outskirts of towns throughout the country to realise this. To see the numbers of food banks sprouting...

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60 seconds with… Sophie Cook

60 seconds with… Sophie Cook

What is your favourite place in Sussex? It’s got to be the West Pier, before I was lucky enough to move here I always loved this iconic structure and now that this is my home the derelict beauty of the West Pier still calms me. What do you love the most about living in Sussex? I’m a south coast girl, originally from Bournemouth, but Sussex has got everything, the Downs, the sea, the jewel that...

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Two years on… starting the discussion

Two years on… starting the discussion

A lot has happened in the two years since I came out as #transgender I’ve run for parliament, been a TV presenter, spoken at the TUC & Wembley, but here’s my 1st ever speech telling my story in Sept 2015. Here’s an email that I sent about it that same day: “I obviously touched on a very important issue with my talk this morning in which I discussed being trans, the...

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Labour’s cross party approach to improve trans rights

Labour’s cross party approach to improve trans rights

In a recent speech the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said that he will support the Conservative Party to improve transgender rights in the UK. As a Labour Parliamentary Candidate and a trans woman I fully support him in his cross-party approach to reforming the Gender Recognition Act. Since I transitioned in 2015 I have faced prejudice, abuse and even death threats and it’s time for...

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Why being transgender was irrelevant in my GE2017 campaign

Why being transgender was irrelevant in my GE2017 campaign

As I stood on stage, a room full of expectant people looking up at me I was totally focused on the next words that I would hear. “Sophie Rose Cook, Labour Party, 20,882.” In the space of five short weeks we’d achieved the seemingly impossible, taking a previously safe Tory seat and making it a marginal, increasing the Labour vote by 114% with one of the biggest swings in the...

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