There are Labour & Co-operative representatives at all level of national and local government across Britain working to champion co-operative values and principles.
Councillors across the UK
Co-operatives are businesses owned and run by their customers and staff
Whether customers, employees, suppliers or people who live in the surrounding community, co-operatives give the people closest to a business an equal say in how it is run and how its profits are used.
The original principles of co-operation were set out by the Rochdale Pioneers, who created the World’s first modern co-operative back in 1844.
Back in the early 2000s, the-then Labour government worked with the Co-operative Party to launch a Co-operatives Commission, investigating how the co-operative movement could grow and modernise, reversing several decades of decline.
Thanks in part to its recommendations, the past decade has seen our movement become larger, more diverse and innovative than ever before.
As well as the familiar shops, travel agents and funeral services, other examples of co-operatives include community renewable energy schemes, co-op housing, football clubs, credit unions, pubs and digital agencies.
They too have been joined by co-operative schools and foundation hospitals, which strive to incorporate co-operative principles into how they are structured and governed.
At as the Party enters its second Century, we're ready to shape the next Century even more profoundly than the last.
In the June 2017 General Election, 1.3 million people voted for Co-operative candidates, returning 38 Labour & Co-operative MPs - the greatest number in our history.
Working in partnership with the Labour Party, we're developing a blueprint for doubling the size of the co-operative sector under the next Labour & Co-operative government, and developing new models to bring key sectors such as transport and utilities under democratic public ownership.
And with membership at a modern high of 11,000, our movement is a growing one, with active branches up and down the country.
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