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The Co-operative Party at Welsh Labour Conference

The Co-operative Party will be at the Welsh Labour Conference this coming weekend in Cardiff, looking ahead to May’s local government elections. We will be launching our Co-operative Agenda for Welsh Local Government at the Co-operative Party and Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales Fringe meeting, 5.30pm, Saturday 18 February 2012, Room 22, Swalec Stadium. Speakers – Alun […]

| 16 February 2012

Co-operative Party says ‘Co-ops Act’ is welcome but could go further

The Co-operative Party has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a Co-operatives Act but says it needs to include new initiatives to boost the co-operative sector. David Cameron spoke in London today about ‘responsible capitalism’, including the announcement of a new co-operatives act to consolidate existing laws. Co-operative Party activists and MPs were responsible for championing […]

| 19 January 2012

Event: Accountability in the Railways, 7 December

This joint event between the Friends of the Co-operative Ideal and SERA – the Labour Environment Campaign are hosting this joint event looking at the accountability gap in Britain’s railways. Building on the Co-operative Party’s campaign The People’s Rail, we will be looking at the opportunities for mutual structures on our rail network, from infrastructure […]

| 8 November 2011

Event: South West weekend school, 21/22 January, Torquay

The South Western Co-operative Party is holding its annual weekend school in Torquay on the weekend of 21/22 January 2012. The designation of 2012 as International Year of Co-operatives by the United Nations gives the co-operative movement a once in a millennium opportunity to demonstrate to everyone the different way of doing business that is […]

| 8 November 2011
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Scottish Co-operative Party Campaign Convention 2011

The Scottish Co-operative Party’s Campaign Convention is being held this year in Edinburgh on Saturday 19 November. UPDATE: This event will now also feature a hustings for Scotland’s Labour Leader, held jointly with SERA Scotland. The Campaign Convention will include the launch of the Scottish Local Government Manifesto which will be led by Margaret Curran MP, Shadow Secretary […]

| 2 November 2011

Event: Co-operative Housing, 24 November, Manchester

Whilst the UK’s housing stock only comprises of 0.6% co-operative housing, the European average is 15% with some countries such as Turkey and Norway having as much as 25% of housing being owned and run by co-ops. This country is one of the few that does not recognise co-operative housing in law. That’s why we […]

| 1 November 2011

Event: Co-operative Housing, 23 November, Westminster

Whilst the UK’s housing stock only comprises of 0.6% co-operative housing, the European average is 15% with some countries such as Turkey and Norway having as much as 25% of housing being owned and run by co-ops. This country is one of the few that does not recognise co-operative housing in law. That’s why we […]

| 27 October 2011

Policy and Campaigns Internship

The Co-operative Party is seeking a Policy and Campaigns Intern to work with party staff on policy and campaigns. The internship will offer experience of policy research, campaign planning and the working environment of a party political office. The internship is located at the Party’s office in London Bridge. Applicants should have a commitment to the values of […]

| 27 October 2011
Stella Creasy

Campaigning with Stella Creasy MP against legal loan sharks, for credit unions

There are yet more payday lenders arriving in Walthamstow – two new shops have opened recently on the High Street, another Money Shop as well as a business called Cash Generator. As we near the end of the month and local people find their pay packets stretched to breaking point, I’m asking you to join […]

| 20 October 2011
Andrew Pakes

Help Andrew Pakes in Milton Keynes

Labour & Co-operative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes Andrew Pakes looks ahead to the joint Labour & Co-operative Party campaign day this weekend. Tory attacks on the NHS, rising youth unemployment (even in MK), higher bills and lower wages, cuts to local police numbers – the Tories and Lib Dems are getting away with […]

| 12 October 2011

Gareth Thomas addresses Labour Party Conference

Gareth Thomas MP, Chair of the Co-operative Party, gave fraternal greetings on behalf of our movement to the Labour Party Annual Conference in Liverpool last month. You can now watch his speech below.

| 11 October 2011

Report of the Co-operative Group of Welsh Assembly Members

As part of Annual Conference this year, our Welsh Assembly members recorded a video to give their annual report. You can watch the video below:

| 10 October 2011

Annual Conference decision on Party membership fees for 2012 and 2013

At the recent Co-operative Party Annual Conference delegates considered and agreed the following; The standard annual membership fee be £20 in 2012 and £25 in 2013. Under this proposal the £5 first-year membership rate for Youth members will be retained, as this has been a very successful tool for bringing much-needed new members into the […]

| 5 October 2011

Conference Arrangements Committee 2011/2

Two members of Conference Arrangements Committee have been elected by Co-operative Party Conference: Richard Bickle (Midlands Western Co-operative Party) was elected for three years. Russell Porteous (North Eastern & Cumbria Co-operative Party) was elected for one year. The Conference Arrangements Committee for 2011-2 will be: Peter Smyth Russell Porteous Eileen Driver Richard Bickle Bob Harber

| 15 September 2011

Report from Party Conference campaign workshop

On Saturday 10th September, delegates and visitors at Co-operative Party conference took part in a workshop for ‘The Feeling’s Mutual’ (TFM) campaign. We planned for our campaign day in October, set out our ideas for effective Co-operative Party campaigns and discussed the policies we would most like to see at the heart of the TFM […]

| 15 September 2011