Responding to recent media speculation surrounding the Co-operative Party’s relationship with the Labour Party, a spokesperson for the Co-operative Party said:

The Co-operative Party was created 99 years ago to champion the co-operative movement and that remains our mission today.

We are not a vehicle to be used by one political faction or another to advance their own agenda.

The Co-operative Party has worked with Labour under each of its leaders since 1927 and remains neutral on the current leadership contest within the Labour Party.

The Co-operative Party NEC has had no discussions about changing the way the Party operates based on the outcome of the Labour Leadership contest.”