Martin Tiedemann 5th November 2012 Steve Reed, a pioneer of the Co-operative Councils movement, was selected at the weekend by Labour Party members to fight the imminent Croydon North by-election as the Labour & Co-operative candidate. As Leader of Lambeth Council and Deputy Leader of the LGA Labour Group, Steve created the momentum behind Co-operative Councils that has led to 25 Labour councils – a quarter of the total nationwide – to declare themselves as Co-operative Councils. Working alongside the Co-operative Party, Steve has championed co-operative values and structures and is leading a number of co-operative initiatives locally in Lambeth. Steve was selected on Saturday at a meeting of Croydon North members for the by-election to be held in the seat following the sad death of the widely respected Malcolm Wicks. If elected by the constituency, where Labour is defending a 16,000 majority, Steve would be the first ever Co-operative MP in Croydon and the first in many years in South London. Steve’s campaign office is 908 London Road, Thornton Heath – open every day.