She's married to a man she works with- and that work happens to be in the House of Commons- so it isn't surprising that Yvette Cooper's life can get complicated. How do they cope? Grazia's Political editor at large, Gaby Hinsliff, talked to the Shadow Home Secretary about kitchen traumas, juggling childcare and stamping out sexism.
Yvette on being a working mum
'If you can manage with a certain level of chaos and accept you're not going to get everything right, you cope. You probably can't do as much if you try to do everything perfectly.'
Yvette on sharing the housework
'[Ed] does more tidying up and more cleaning than I do. Whereas I just panic.' If he was the sort of husband who expected dinner on the table at six, 'he'd have starved'
Yvette on sexism, violence and One Billion Rising
She's calling for sex education, including lessons tackling attitudes to rape and domestic violence, to be made compulsory in shcools. 'There is a genuine worry that violence is increasing in teenage relationships. I think people have taken it for granted that the zero tolerance message is out there, when actually young people haven't been hearing it.'
Yvette on parenting in a tecnology-filled world
'I think having greater control on access to the internet is a good idea, but I also know as a parent of teens that my kids will always be able to outmanoeuvre me.'
Yvette on equality in the workplace
'I've always thought it's really bad to embarassed or ashamed about wanting to get home to put the kids to bed.'