Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper speaks to pensioners in Peterborough’s Argo Lounge

Lisa Forbes and Yvette Cooper

Lisa Forbes and Yvette Cooper

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A second prominent Labour MP has visited Peterborough in a week with leadership contender Yvette Cooper meeting pensioners for tea at the Argo Lounge in Bridge Street.

Ms Cooper spent an hour on Friday morning (May 29) listening to opinions on what Labour could do to appeal to older voters in the next general election in 2020.

Her visit to Peterborough follows one made by deputy leader candidate Tom Watson on Monday where he spoke to Labout members.

Ms Cooper, the shadow home secretary, was told that the Iraq War was still having an impact in the minds of voters and that Labour might have to do more to appeal to the middle classes.

More progress on securing a university for the city was also highlighted as a priority.

Ms Cooper was speaking alongside Lisa Forbes, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Peterborough in May’s general election.

Ms Cooper, who described Ms Forbes as a fantastic candidate, said : “It was a really interesting talk. People want good quality jobs.

“We had a lot of policies to deal with zero hours contracts but we need more on supporting and growing businesses, particularly apprenticeships and vocational jobs.”

Ms Forbes said: “I thought it was a really positive meeting. People came out and said what they think Peterborough needs in the future.

“A lot of things people were saying are things I was saying in my campaign. We need to convince people we can deliver things they want.

“A lot of people were saying Peterborough needs a university.”

Labour member Haggai Odep, from Dogsthorpe, who took part in the talk, said he liked what Ms Cooper had had to say.

He added: “It was good. Those who were present expressed their views on why they thought Labour did not win Peterborough.”

Ms Cooper is standing against Andy Burnham, Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall to be party leader.

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