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Support the Co-operative Schools Bill in Parliament

A 10 Minute Rule Bill on Co-operative Schools will be introduced by Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley, on Wednesday 17 April. Developed with the Co-operative College, the Bill will call for schools to be able to register themselves as Industrial & Provident Societies and for an amendment to the Education Act […]

| | 11 April 2013

2013 National Youth Committee elections

The Co-operative Party will be electing a new National Youth Committee this year to guide the development of Co-operative Party Youth until 2015. Members of the committee are responsible for creating and maintaining a vibrant Co-operative Party Youth presence within their region; for organising and promoting events; for driving membership; campaigning for Labour/Co-op Candidates and […]

| 10 April 2013

Policy development events in London, Brighton and Yorkshire

Local activists are organising policy forums around the country to feed into the Co-operative Party’s annual conference and next manifesto. The London Co-operative Party are running a day conference on Saturday 20 April at Lambeth Town Hall, with a morning of training for prospective candidates in next year’s London council elections looking at energy and […]

| 10 April 2013
Ed Miliband fresh ideas

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

Event – Kibbutz, Commune, and Co-operative: Can we learn from the Israeli experience?

Labour & Co-operative MP Louise Ellman and Labour & Co-operative Assembly Member Nicky Gavron are hosting an event on the Israeli co-operative movement. Danny Gavron in conversation Alternatives to the Market Society: Kibbutz, Commune, and Co-operative – Can we learn from the Israeli experience? Sponsored by Louise Ellman MP in partnership with Nicky Gavron AM […]

| 28 February 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