Sophie Cook

Not today : How I chose life

10th anniversary of an iconic image

10th anniversary of an iconic image

September 19, 2008 – I am attending a press conference at the Opera House (now the O2 Academy) in Boscombe with Babyshambles frontman, and former Libertine, Peter Doherty. As he catches a quiet, unguarded moment I raise my Nikon and capture the image little realising how iconic it would become. Over the intervening decade it has been used on T-shirts, mugs and all manner of merchandise and...

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Equality for trans people doesn’t take away anyone else’s rights

Equality for trans people doesn’t take away anyone else’s rights

Over recent months the hysteria around transgender women seems to have been growing with each new statement about proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act. Headlines like PeakTrans, TransCult and Transgender Trend all imply that being trans is a new thing, that the weak minded and sexually confused are jumping on the bandwagon. If being transgender is trendy then I’ve never been trendier....

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Reni Eddo-Lodge’s ‘Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race’

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s ‘Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race’

Like most people within the Labour movement I like to think that I’m open to diversity and free from prejudice. Indeed I travel around the country speaking at conferences on diversity and inclusion, within football, within the Labour Party and even within society. I’m an ambassador for Kick It Out, the anti-discrimination organisation that began life 25 years ago as Kick Racism Out Of Football...

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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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