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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 […]


Co-operative MPs debate a better banking system

Earlier this month, a Parliamentary debate gave Labour & Co-operative MPs the chance to raise their concerns with the current banking culture and structure. Sharon Hou reviews their ideas for a better banking system based on co-operative values. As our Parliamentary Group Chair, Cathy Jamieson MP declared during the debate, ‘the culture of banking must […]

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Chris Evans MP: How the banks can tackle financial exclusion

22 March 2012

Co-operative Member of Parliament Chris Evans MP outlines the background to his Banking Disclosure and Responsibility Bill in Parliament. It has been in vogue of late by all political parties to bash the banks. While nearly everyone has been quick to blame the banks for the financial collapse, very few have asked where do we go […]


Our MPs working for a fairer economy

8 February 2012

Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune outlines the work Co-operative MPs are doing in Parliament to make our economy fairer. The Co-operative Party Parliamentary Group has always sought to provide the movement a range of activity in Westminster, whether it is promoting co-operative legislation, promoting the ideas of the movement and scrutinising proposals to ensure that the co-operative angle is […]

Is the Coalition committed to credit unions?

9 July 2010

There has probably never been a more appropriate climate for credit unions to prosper. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, people are keener than ever to place their assets in organisations that they have real trust in and control over. To fulfil its promise, however, the credit union sector must be supported by a […]


New Co-op MP calls for support for credit unions

1 June 2010

Looking at the maiden speeches of the new intake of Labour & Co-operative Members of Parliament, a fine place to start is with Chris Evans MP (Islwyn), who last week drew attention to our calls for support for credit unions, financial inclusion obligations for banks and the Post Office working with credit unions as a […]