Sophie Cook

Not today : How I chose life

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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The fight isn’t over yet

The fight isn’t over yet

Five weeks ago no one gave Labour a chance in Theresa May’s snap election, it was supposed to be the Prime Minister’s coronation, proving that she was strong and stable enough to win everything we wanted from Brexit. No one gave Labour a chance nationally and certainly no one gave Labour a chance in the safe Tory seat of East Worthing & Shoreham. An idea that was probably reinforced by the...

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Election day 04:30 and why I’m here

Election day 04:30 and why I’m here

04:30 June 8, 2017 As I look out at the sea I contemplate the journey that I have been on. Two years, to the day since I moved to Brighton, and only 23 months since I came out as Transgender. My life has changed beyond all recognition. The shy, scared person had found her voice and her purpose. I’ve met wonderful people along the way and experienced joy and sadness, freedom and loss. Today...

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Sophie Cook to stand for Labour in General Election

Sophie Cook to stand for Labour in General Election

It is with the greatest honour that I can announce that I am standing as the Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for East Worthing & Shoreham in the 2017 General Election. In the 1980s at the height of the Cold War I was stationed in West Germany with an RAF Tornado squadron. Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress having saved the life of a colleague following an explosion, I was filled with...

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