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Labour & Co-operative County Council candidates are go!

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Over 250 Labour & Co-operative candidates are standing in the May County Council elections this year. Co-operative candidates, many of them existing councillors, are standing in every county council area in England with the exception of Warwickshire. With Ed Miliband launching Labour’s campaign with a speech at the East of England Co-op and the ever-growing interest […]

| | 15 April 2013

Meg Munn MP to introduce Co-operative Schools Bill

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A 10 Minute Rule Bill on Co-operative Schools will be introduced by Labour & Co-operative MP Meg Munn on Wednesday

| | 12 April 2013

Support the Co-operative Schools Bill in Parliament

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A 10 Minute Rule Bill on Co-operative Schools will be introduced by Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley, on Wednesday 17 April. Developed with the Co-operative College, the Bill will call for schools to be able to register themselves as Industrial & Provident Societies and for an amendment to the Education Act […]

| | 11 April 2013

Ed Miliband launches local election campaign with pledge on payday loans

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This week Ed Miliband launched Labour’s campaign for May’s county council elections with strong words on legal loansharks and payday lenders. Ed’s speech made a strong reference to the campaign to end legal loansharking and the need to both cap the cost of credit and to give councils powers so that they can stop high […]

| | 10 April 2013

John Biggs selected for Tower Hamlets

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London Assembly Member John Biggs has been chosen as the Labour & Co-operative candidate for the elected Mayoralty of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. John, who represents City and East London as a Labour & Co-operative Assembly Member, was endorsed by the London Co-operative Party ahead of his selection by Labour Party members last […]

| | 10 April 2013

Another Tory MP thwarts Private Members’ Bill that has cross-party support

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Labour & Co-operative MP Mark Hendrick’s Private Members’ Bill sought to enshrine in law the cross-party commitment to spend 0.7 percent of gross national income on official development assistance.

| | 8 March 2013

Labour & Co-operative victory in the Wirral

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A Labour & Co-operative candidate gained a council seat last night from the Conservatives on the Wirral. Phil Brightmore, a well-known Merseyside activist, won with a majority of 543 from the Conservatives, in the three-way marginal seat of Pensby and Thingwall. Philip was joined by Co-operative and Labour Party members from right around the country, […]

| | 1 March 2013

Have your say on co-operatives and mutuals in Wales

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Labour’s Government in Wales has set up an independent Co-operative & Mutuals Commission. The Commission was instigated by Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, and is chaired by Professor Andrew Davies, himself a former Labour Assembly Member. Co-operative movement stalwarts including Dame Pauline Green and David Jenkins, Chair of the Welsh Co-operative […]

| | 1 March 2013

Luciana Berger visits Brixton Energy co-operative

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The scheme includes two solar projects which are the first in the UK to be installed on social housing

| | 15 February 2013

Murad Qureshi AM: There is an alternative

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As the Conservative Mayor of London presents his budget that fails to meet the needs of ordinary Londoners, Murad Qureshi AM outlines Labour’s alternative plan to invest in community energy and address fuel poverty. As more people struggle to heat their homes whilst the energy companies continue to increase their profits, the Labour Group on […]

| | 8 February 2013

Praise for co-operative schools

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Another Co-operative school has been judged outstanding. Congratulations to Epinay, a co-operative special school in Tyne and Wear, which has been judged ‘outstanding’ in its latest Ofsted report. The report notes how the co-operative model contributes to the school’s success, stating: “The governing body is strong because the representatives of the co-operative, who are part […]

| | 5 February 2013

Housing Market Reform Bill

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The Co-operative Party's Chair Gareth Thomas MP has introduced a private members' bill calling reform the housing market.

| | 4 February 2013

Politics and the Rochdale Pioneers

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Gillian Lonergan, of the National Co-operative Archive, wrote to the Co-operative News earlier this month, responding to a debate on the political neutrality of the Rochdale Pioneers. It makes interesting reading for those considering the background of the Co-operative Party. I am pleased to see the Rochdale Pioneers Museum handbook Our Story being discussed by […]

| | 25 January 2013

Co-operative councils set out policy agenda

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“A direct means to building One Nation”: Ed Miliband Download ‘Towards co-operative councils: empowering people to change their lives’ here The 21 leaders of Labour’s Co-operative Councils Network today set out their joint vision to “share power and decision-making more equally to achieve the best outcomes for citizens and their communities.” In a joint foreword […]

| | 24 January 2013

New Labour & Co-operative councillor in flagship co-operative council

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The Co-operative Party’s Head of Communications and member of the Co-operative Group’s South London Area Committee, Martin Tiedemann, was last Thursday (17 January) elected as a Labour & Co-operative councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth. Elected for Brixton Hill ward, home to Lambeth Town Hall and Brixton Prison, Cllr Tiedemann replaced former council leader […]

| | 24 January 2013