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Fair credit where it’s due – Jim Murphy backs military credit union

6 October 2013

For immediate release: Sunday 6th October   Today, Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for Defence backed the Co-operative Party’s call for a dedicated credit union for British service men and women, at the Party’s annual conference in Edinburgh. A similar scheme in America, Navy Federal, has 4 million members of the US armed forces. […]

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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

One Nation Football – owning and belonging

13 June 2013

Part of the Labour Party Policy Review, considering supporter and community ownership in football


Lack of commitment from Government on Energy Bill

11 June 2013

Energy Bill fails to provide much-needed support for co-operative and community energy schemes

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Electing the new National Youth Committee

The election for the National Youth Committee for 2013-2015 is currently underway, with Co-operative Party Youth candidates standing to be elected as representatives in each region. The National Youth Committee is the executive of Co-operative Party Youth. There is a member elected for each of the English regions and one each for Scotland, Wales and […]

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When is a Co-op not a Co-op? When it’s Cleveland Fire Service

14 May 2013

Lacking employee engagement or community support, the plans make a mockery of the term mutual

Co-operative Party Gala Dinner 2013 with Ed Balls MP

8 May 2013

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Event: How should we deal with household indebtedness?

30 April 2013

The Labour Policy Review have organised the following event with the Labour Finance and Industry Group and Labour in the City: How should we deal with household indebtedness? Large numbers of  families use door stop and pay day lenders. The growth of the high interest, short term loan industry is matched by the squeezing of people’s wages and […]


Co-operative Party submission to Welsh Commission

26 April 2013

The Co-operative Party has submitted written evidence to the Welsh Government’s Co-operatives and Mutuals Commission. Deputy General Secretary Karen Wilkie outlines our case. The Commission posed a number of questions for the movement to respond to – all very pertinent to how the Welsh Government could help co-ops – which it should.  What these may […]

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Tell David Cameron to Make Food Fair at the G8 Summit

17 April 2013

During Fairtrade Fortnight, the Make Food Fair campaign was launched by the Fairtrade Foundation.