I think the reason she's got so many votes in the Parliamentary Labour Party is because there's nobody, really, who doesn't like and admire Yvette... she doesn't make people feel rivalrous of her.
Harriet Harman on Cooper topping the polls in Labour's 2010 Shadow Cabinet election, October, 2010.
Sexism in politics is nothing new when you're standing for election. But don't stand for election and it's almost as bad. Shockingly, David Cameron thought it acceptable to claim this week that my decision not to run for the Labour leadership was because my husband, Ed Balls, "stopped [me] from standing."Yvette Cooper
I decided I don't want to go for the top job now. I could be working for another 25 years and I'd like to be reading bedtime stories to my children for another two or three years.Yvette Cooper
It's a great honour for me; it's such an important job.Yvette Cooper
She was a formidable intellect and it's no surprise to me or anyone else around here that she's done as well as she has.Yvette Cooper
She's very sharp analytically; she gets to the absolute core of an issue very quickly. Certainly, seeing her in action with officials, they know they going to have to be well-briefed. So she's a very clever person; a good operator and also a pretty decent human being which is important in politics and a bit rare.Yvette Cooper