Lord Kennedy calls for support for credit unions in House of Lords debate

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Lord Kennedy of Southwark led a debate in the House of Lords this week on credit unions. John Hite reports on the latest from the upper house. On the 13th of December, the House of Lords engaged in a debate regarding the successes and future potential of credit unions and mutuals, requested by Labour Co-operative peer […]

| | 14 December 2012

Gareth Thomas MP joins with sector to support development of community finance


Gareth Thomas MP, Chair of the Co-operative Party and Shadow Charities Minister, has joined with the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) in supporting the development of community finance. Here he outlines measures the Chancellor should consider in his Autumn Statement. Ahead of today’s Autumn Statement, I am joining with the CDFA in calling for the […]

| | 5 December 2012

Steve Reed MP takes seat in Parliament


Earlier this week, the 32nd Labour & Co-operative Member of Parliament, Steve Reed, took his seat in Parliament. Steve was elected as MP for Croydon North in the by-election last week to replace Malcolm Wicks, a great friend of the co-operative movement who died in September. Steve won a massive 65% of the vote on […]

| | 5 December 2012

Ian Murray MP: a dishonest attempt to dress up Beecroft’s proposals as a measure that will increase employee involvement


Shadow BIS Minister Ian Murray MP considers why the Government’s Growth and Infrastructure Bill being introduced into Committee this week is a dishonest assault on employees’ rights dressed up as increasing employee ownership. “There is a lot of employee ownership in our country. But not one of these employers and not one of these plans […]

| | 4 December 2012

Co-operative solutions to problem debt

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Andy Hull takes a look at ways that local councils can tackle payday lenders

| | 29 November 2012

Step forward in the House of Lords for loansharks campaign

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Last night the government recognised the need to cap the interest rates charged on payday loans, responding to a debate in the House of Lords on a proposed amendment to the Financial Services Bill.

| | 29 November 2012

Railways for Wales – a new and better way


The near-meltdown of the rail franchising process highlights the need to find a better way of delivering rail services.

| | 28 November 2012

Andy Sawford MP pays tribute to Corby’s co-operative traditions in his maiden speech


Andy Sawford, the new Labour & Co-operative MP for Corby, made his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday. Corby and its predecessor seats have an unprecedented co-operative history, with three previous Co-operative MPs since 1918, and Andy paid tribute to that heritage in his speech I am very proud to speak in the Chamber for the […]

| | 23 November 2012

Jennette Arnold AM urges Boris to put his money where his mouth is, and only use responsible banks

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The London Assembly last week urged the Mayor to ensure that the Greater London Authority only uses banks with a strong record of lending to small business and a commitment to corporate responsibility. Labour & Co-operative Assembly Member Jennette Arnold describes why the GLA should move its money. The motion, agreed unanimously by London Assembly […]

| | 21 November 2012

Co-operative Energy – demonstrating the co-operative difference

Co-operative Energy

The Co-operative Energy, the co-operatively owned energy supplier, has announced it will be dropping its electricity prices by 2% just as other suppliers are raising their prices – British Gas increased theirs by 6% on the same day. Consumer-owned Co-operative Energy has shown it can buck the trend and put customers before profit. This price […]

| | 19 November 2012

Three new Labour & Co-operative MPs make history

Our new Labour & Co-op Members of Parliament

Today’s excellent by-election results mean that there are a record 31 Labour & Co-operative Members of Parliament, as Andy Sawford, Lucy Powell and Stephen Doughty join the Parliamentary Group. Manchester Central was the first of yesterday’s three by-elections to declare its result, bringing the news that Lucy Powell is the new Member of Parliament, a […]

| | 16 November 2012

Caroline Flint MP: Introducing the Power Book

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Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change Caroline Flint MP introduces the Power Book launched last month by the Co-operative Party, SERA, LGiU and the Shadow DECC team. As a new energy industrial revolution unfolds, future technologies, sources of renewable and low carbon energy and their application offer more scope than ever to […]

| | 6 November 2012

Steve Reed selected for Croydon North


Steve Reed, a pioneer of the Co-operative Councils movement, was selected at the weekend by Labour Party members to fight the imminent Croydon North by-election as the Labour & Co-operative candidate. As Leader of Lambeth Council and Deputy Leader of the LGA Labour Group, Steve created the momentum behind Co-operative Councils that has led to […]

| | 5 November 2012

Co-operative childcare at forefront of Stephen Twigg’s review


Shadow Education Secretary and Co-operative MP Stephen Twigg has outlined to the Observer that co-operatives are at the forefront of his review of childcare policy. The Observer reported yesterday that the cost of childcare is soaring and that working full-time is now ‘hardly worthwhile’ financially. Labour is considering “co-operative childcare”, in which parents could ‘take […]

| | 29 October 2012

‘The Power Book’ launched at Labour Party Conference

The Power Book

The Co-operative Party, along with SERA, the Local Government Information Unit and the Shadow DECC team, earlier this month launched ‘The Power Book’, a new pamphlet that looks at the potential of community and co-operatively owned energy. Writing in the introduction to the book, the Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Caroline […]

| | 25 October 2012