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Ed Miliband launches local election campaign with pledge on payday loans

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
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John Biggs selected for Tower Hamlets

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

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
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Labour & Co-operative victory in the Wirral

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
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Have your say on co-operatives and mutuals in Wales

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
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Luciana Berger visits Brixton Energy co-operative

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

| | 15 February 2013
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Murad Qureshi AM: There is an alternative

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
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Praise for co-operative schools

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
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Housing Market Reform Bill

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

| | 4 February 2013
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Politics and the Rochdale Pioneers

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
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Co-operative councils set out policy agenda

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

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
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No community-led projects on London Green Fund list, London Assembly hears

The Mayor’s London Green Fund has not found any commercially viable co-operative or community-led projects to invest in, the London Assembly heard this week[1]. The Fund was set up in 2009 with £100m[2] to invest on commercial rates to projects in the capital with a positive impact on the environment. Returns from the loans and […]

| | 22 January 2013
Leo blog on Energy Bill : southern half of Great Britain as it appeared on the night

Labour Co-operative MPs call for commitment to co-ops in Energy Bill debate

Yesterday the much heralded Energy Bill received its 2nd reading in Westminster. Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune reports on the debate where Labour and Co-operative Members of Parliament So the Energy Bill finally returned to the House of Commons this week. This complicated piece of legislation is at least clear on one thing – there is little […]

| | 20 December 2012
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Playing legal loan sharks at their own game in Edinburgh

After attending a campaign training session at Summerfest, the National Youth Committee rep for Scotland, Hannah Lister returned home full of ideas and, working closely with Labour and Co-operative MSP Kezia Dugdale, has become a key part of the Debtbusters campaign in Edinburgh. Here she tells us what they’ve been up to. As a full time Labour […]

| | 19 December 2012