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Politics for the people

8 October 2013

As part of their ‘arcHive’ project to create a set of interactive online resources, the National Co-operative Archive have put together ‘Politics for the People'; an online Prezi which explains the roots of our party, and our relationship with the wider movement:

Co-operatives and Community

2 September 2013

Allowing ‘Right to Bid’ protection for clubs as well as their stadia can put community back at the heart of football

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The future of the Co-operative movement in the NHS

Councillor Patrick Vernon looks at the future of co-operative structures in the National Health Service.

Picture courtesy North-West Evening Mail

John Woodcock MP: Britain’s youngest credit union opens in Barrow

10 July 2013

Co-operative MP John Woodcock reports on the new Barrow & District Credit Union he helped launch, putting co-operative values into practice. From the Rochdale Pioneers onwards, the co-operative movement was founded on a mantra of practical solutions to the hardships faced by working people. Today, as people struggle to make ends meet and increasingly distrust […]

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Co-operative MPs celebrate Co-operatives Fortnight

Today, International Co-operatives Day, marks the close of Co-operatives Fortnight 2013, celebrated around the country by co-operative enterprises. Our Members of Parliament made their own contribution by organising a Parliamentary debate, highlighting the great work of co-ops here and abroad. The debate was organized by Chris Evans, Labour & Co-operative MP for Islwyn. Throughout the […]

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Out of Hours Services and the impact of privatisation

Councillor Patrick Vernon considers the growing demise of out-of-hours GP co-operatives and finds the Coalition Government to blame. The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP recently called on GPs to take on more responsibility for home visits and out of hours care. However, Clare Gerada, Chair of Royal College of General Practitioners, in […]

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Expanding the credit union sector

Co-operative activist Sally Chicken describes the expansion of her local credit union and how legislation has helped make this happen. Rainbow Saver Anglia Credit Union Ltd opened its second shop in April 2013. It has been trading for over 10 years with 4,500 members in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and South Norfolk. Last year it processed more […]

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Lack of commitment from Government on Energy Bill

11 June 2013

Energy Bill fails to provide much-needed support for co-operative and community energy schemes

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Electing the new National Youth Committee

The election for the National Youth Committee for 2013-2015 is currently underway, with Co-operative Party Youth candidates standing to be elected as representatives in each region. The National Youth Committee is the executive of Co-operative Party Youth. There is a member elected for each of the English regions and one each for Scotland, Wales and […]

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When is a Co-op not a Co-op? When it’s Cleveland Fire Service

14 May 2013

Lacking employee engagement or community support, the plans make a mockery of the term mutual

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Co-operative Party submission to Welsh Commission

26 April 2013

The Co-operative Party has submitted written evidence to the Welsh Government’s Co-operatives and Mutuals Commission. Deputy General Secretary Karen Wilkie outlines our case. The Commission posed a number of questions for the movement to respond to – all very pertinent to how the Welsh Government could help co-ops – which it should.  What these may […]

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Tell David Cameron to Make Food Fair at the G8 Summit

17 April 2013

During Fairtrade Fortnight, the Make Food Fair campaign was launched by the Fairtrade Foundation.

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Meg Munn MP: why I am bringing forward the Co-operative Schools Bill

17 April 2013

A Co-operative Schools Bill is the next landmark in the extraordinary story of co-operative education

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Labour & Co-operative County Council candidates are go!

15 April 2013

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 […]

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Meg Munn MP to introduce Co-operative Schools Bill

12 April 2013

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