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

Martin in Brixton Hill

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

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

Murad Qureshi

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

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

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

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

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

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

Credit Union Picture

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

London Capital CU campaigners

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

house of lords

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

London Assembly member 2008

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