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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

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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

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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

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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

Co-operation is at the heart of the kind of country that Ed Miliband wants to build

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Last week, during Ed Miliband’s Q&A with members at Labour Party Conference, Co-operative Party NEC member Alex Baker was able to ask about the role of co-operatives. Ed praised the co-op movement and our last manifesto and expressed his regret that Northern Rock had not been re-mutualised. He underlined the importance of co-operative values in […]

| | 9 October 2012

Gareth Thomas MP’s address to Labour Party Conference

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Gareth Thomas MP, Chair of the Co-operative Party, made his annual address to Labour Party Conference last week in Manchester. Watch Gareth’s speech here or read it below: Conference, banking and the City have become bywords in the public’s mind for excess and scandal. Former Chief Executive of Barclays Bank, Bob Diamond, is said to […]

| | 9 October 2012

Beecroft by the back door

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Why Osborne's announcement on employee share ownership is a ploy

| | 8 October 2012

Co-operative Party pays tribute to Malcolm Wicks MP

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It was announced over the weekend that Labour MP and former Minister Rt. Hon. Malcolm Wicks has passed away. Malcolm, Member of Parliament for Croydon North since 1992, was a great friend and member of the Co-operative Party. A Malcolm made his mark in his first term in Parliament, steering through the Carers Act as […]

| | 2 October 2012

Life as a Campaigning Co-operative Councillor

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Later today at Labour Party Conference, our fringe looks at the work of Labour & Co-operative councillors, from supporting credit unions to becoming a Co-operative Council. Here Liverpool City Councillor Nick Crofts – one of the speakers – sets out a few ideas. Liverpool has been a real hub of co-operative politics since the General […]

| | 2 October 2012

Bringing the End Legal Loansharking campaign to Labour Party Conference

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The Co-operative Party’s Development & Campaigns Officer Rebecca Mattingly previews tonight’s Labour Party Conference event. Today at Labour Party Conference, the Co-operative Party will join with Movement for Change for an End Legal Loansharking campaign training session. Speakers including Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP and Stella Creasy MP will build on growing activism around the […]

| | 1 October 2012

The Co-operative Party at Labour Party Conference

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The Co-operative Party has announced its events at Labour Party Conference which takes place in Manchester next week. We are hosting a varied set of fringe meetings, training events and socials, with partners including CSM, Movement for Change, Compass, the Fabians and Labour Students. We look forward to seeing delegates in Manchester – the Co-operative […]

| | 25 September 2012

Boris: still nothing to support London’s co-operative sector

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Having already admitted that he had no plans to support the UN International Year of Co-operatives, a once-in-a-lifetime political opportunity to celebrate the co-op movement, London Mayor Boris Johnson has now told the London Assembly that he has made no effort to address the specific business needs of co-operatives. Responding to Labour & Co-operative Assembly […]

| | 25 September 2012

Supporting Liverpool’s credit unions

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Co-operative Party member and Liverpool City Council Cabinet member Cllr Nick Small reports on the Mayor of Liverpool’s £1m investment in credit unions. In May Joe Anderson was elected as Liverpool’s first City Mayor.  One of his main pledges was to invest £1m in Liverpool’s credit unions to tackle legal loan sharking (£700,000 of the […]

| | 24 September 2012

Co-operative Party bolsters Legal Loanshark Campaign

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Co-operative Party member Hannah Lister reports on the recent Summerfest training event for Co-operative Party activists on our new campaign to end legal loan sharking and promote credit unions as a safer, more affordable alternative. The fight against loansharks and the promotion instead of fair and transparent Credit Unions is something that is a high […]

| | 21 August 2012

Campaigners and co-operators pay tribute to Alf Morris

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Today the sad news was announced that Alf Morris, the Labour & Co-operative peer Lord Morris of Manchester, passed away over the weekend after a short illness. Known around the world for his pioneering disability legislation, Alf was a great friend and supporter of the co-operative movement. A schoolteacher, Alf first stood as a Co-operative […]

| | 14 August 2012