Exterior of the Scottish Parliament Building. Taken at around 2pm on New Year’s Day 2013. A city full of historic architecture and that has UNESCO World heritage status that contrasts with this post modern example of architecture by Enric Miralles who died before the building was completed in around 2004.The jutting shapes are ‘think pods’ for Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to spend time in to reflect.
Photo by Chris Flexen on Unsplash

Saturday is the International Day of Co-operatives and Co-operatives Fortnight runs until 3 July. As a Co-operative Party MSP and the Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Co-operatives in the Scottish Parliament, I was pleased to submit a motion to the Scottish Parliament highlighting these events and the wider benefits co-operatives can bring to our society.

The co-operative movement has a long history in Scotland, something we should be incredibly proud of, and that’s why it is vital Scotland also has a co-operative future.

There are around 600 co-operatives in Scotland, and they have a combined turnover in excess of £1.5 billion.

The model works, and proves it is possible to have a different, more democratic economy; an economy which promotes co-operative and mutual ownership. If we in Scotland are serious about Community Wealth Building, then our economy needs to promote co-operatives and we all have our part to play in bringing about that change.

Along with my Co-operative Party colleagues in Holyrood I will be making the case for more support to be afforded to the co-operative sector. It is incumbent upon the Scottish Government to deliver that increased support and to embrace the benefits of co-operatives.

After all, as my motion says we believe that co-operatives offer the opportunity to build a better world.