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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:

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

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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 […]

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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

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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