Our heritage – The Co-operative Party

During World War I, the co-operative sector faced discrimination at the hands of a government dominated by private business interests.

In response, we were formed in 1917 to create a level playing field for co-operatives and to promote the wider principles of co-operation.

Since our electoral agreement in 1927, the Party has stood joint Labour Co-operative candidates, recognising our shared values and to maximise our impact.