Party Chair Gareth Thomas responds to the Prime Ministers’ Call for a General Election

The Co-operative Party will take the opportunity this election affords to make the case for an economy and society where power and wealth are more equally shared.

Gareth Thomas

Chair of the Co-operative Party, Labour & Co-operative MP for Harrow West


Co-operative Party Annual Conference 2015. Copyright © 2015 Andrew Wiard

Responding to Tuesday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that she will ask Parliament to approve a General Election on the 8th of June, Co-operative Party Chair Gareth Thomas MP said:

“During this General Election, the Co-operative Party will be working hard on our two critical objectives; to elect co-operators to Parliament and to make the case for a more co-operative Britain.

“Since the last General Election, Co-operative MPs have been busy defending and advancing the co-operative model, in Parliament and in their communities.  As a nation we face an uncertain future, so it is more important than ever that the co-operative movement has a strong voice in the rooms where decisions are made.

“We also know that our co-operative values and policy solutions have real potential to help meet some of the biggest challenges facing our country.  The Co-operative Party will take the opportunity this election affords to make the case for an economy and society where power and wealth are more equally shared, and where the co-operative sector is able to fulfil its full potential.”