ONE of the Labour Party's longest serving MPs has just resigned along with six colleagues to form an independent political party. But who is Ann Coffey, and what are her views on Brexit? Here's everything you need to know. Who is Ann Coffey? She was the Labour MP for Stockport, elected in the 1992 general election, but today resigned to join The Independent Group. The 72-year-old was elected as a councillor to the Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in 1984 and became its Labour group leader 1988-92, stepping down from the council in 1992 to become an MP. She served as member of the trade and industry select committee until she was made Opposition whip in 1995 and then Opposition health spokeswoman in 1996. When Labour won the general election in 1997, Coffey was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 1998 she became PPS to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Alistair Darling and was his assistant from 2002-2006 in … [Read more...] about Who is former Labour Party MP Ann Coffey, why did she resign and what’s her view on Brexit?
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Britain is hitting the ballots today to cast their vote in the local elections which are being watched closely to see how Labour and the Conservative Party fare. If you're planning to stay up all night and watch the results as they come in, we've got everything you need to know right here.. When do polls close? Local election polls opened this morning at 7am to allow some keen voters to get their vote done and dusted before heading off to work. For those of you who haven't had a chance to vote yet, polling stations are open until 10pm this evening. If you're heading to cast a ballot at Woking, Gosport, Bromley, Watford or Swindon don't forget to take your voter ID as these council are taking part in a trial to stop voter fraud. The majority of councils will start counting over night so once the polls shut the first election results should be coming out within a matter of hours. However, some councils may wait to start counting on Friday daytime, leaving voters in suspense all … [Read more...] about Local elections 2018 results – what time will the winners be announced and when do polls close?