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Comment on media speculation

24 November 2013

Comment from the Co-operative Party on speculation in this weekend's newspapers.

What’s missing in the debate on the NHS? People.

21 November 2013

There is more to do to create a health service based on genuine mutuality between the professionals and the public.

Tributes to Helen Eadie MSP

The Co-operative Party is very sad to learn of the death of Scottish Labour and Co-operative MSP Helen Eadie.

Scottish Co-operative Party on campaign

Working with our sister party, Scottish Co-operative Party members deliver victory in the Dumfermline Holyrood byelection.

Westminster Hall debate on Co-operative Schools

23 October 2013

A recent Westminster Hall debate reveals strong support for Co-operative schools from figures in both parties.

Your victory on Payday Lenders

17 October 2013

Ed Miliband's announcement of plans for a levy on payday lenders is a victory for Co-operative Party activists across the country.

Your feedback on Conference

15 October 2013

Every year we ask our delegates and visitors thought about their experiences at Co-operative Party Conference and then use this feedback to shape the following year. Well this year we thought we’d go a step further, and report to the membership about how we all found it in full. This isn’t just us blowing our […]

Reflections on Co-operative Party Conference 2013

9 October 2013

This year’s annual Cooperative conference was entitled ‘Stronger together.’ Held in Edinburgh, this was a fitting theme to celebrate the strong union and cooperation between the Labour party and the Co-operative Party and the case for a united UK. It was good to see a number of familiar faces during the pre-conference registration. I could […]

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


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 […]


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 […]

doctors surgery

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 […]

Rainbow credit union

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 […]