Vegetables and Meat

Are social rights a way to tackle food insecurity?

“We need to accept social rights! Surely the British electorate can be mobilised by a right to social protection!” Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on the poverty and human rights at a public event in London in April 2019.


Reaching consensus in tackling climate change through Citizens Assemblies

Building on the Co-operative Party’s longstanding commitment to action on climate change and our belief that we can achieve more for our environment when working co-operatively than we can alone, I’m pleased to be outlining plans for a Citizens Assembly for dealing with our climate crisis.

Free meals for kids in Greenwich

I have seen first-hand the difference our meals make when dropping into to meet some of the young people tucking into their bowl of spaghetti, or making their own chicken salad wraps, before they run off to play with their mates.

Labour & Co-operative Gain

The local elections are still a few weeks away for many Labour & Co-op Candidates, but Christopher Foxon has already been elected.

Bedford campaigns for a Labour & Co-operative Mayor

The Labour and Co-operative Parties, as two of the most powerful and successful social movements in the country, have a fantastic and exciting opportunity in the weeks ahead to make the case for our shared values, principles and politics.

Food poverty in UK schools is unacceptable

The United Kingdom is one of the richest countries on earth. Our economy consistently ranks in the top 10 for size and development, and our richest populations increased their wealth by £66 billion in the last year alone. Take a look inside our country’s classrooms however and you will find a very different story.

Transforming Rochdale by building community wealth the co-operative way

In Rochdale, anchor institutions are coming together to build community wealth and grow their local co-operative economy. This case study explores how their initiative, Rochdale Stronger Together, is creating the jobs that people want, the services that they need, communities where people want to live and opportunities for young people to aspire and achieve.

Jim Arnold

Remembering Dr Jim Arnold – Preserver of New Lanark

Claudia Beamish MSP and Ged Killen MP have tabled motions to the Scottish Parliament and Westminster Parliament respectively to mark the passing of Dr Jim Arnold, former director of the New Lanark Trust and responsible for preserving the hugely important New Lanark site. Iain Macdonald, trustee of the New Lanark Heritage Trust and former Secretary General of the International Co-operative Alliance, has contributed the following obituary.

Support the child victims of modern slavery

Figures out this week show a shocking rise in the number of UK children in modern slavery - primarily linked to drug related organised crime. We must increase support for all victims from 45 days to a year.

Building a decent society – to live and work

Brexit dominates our political discourse, but our country faces urgent challenges in other areas such as housing and work. Crossbench peer Lord Kerslake speaks to our Common Decency Conference.

There is also a Spring Statement today…

Our economy needs a radical overhaul to shake us out of stalled growth and our Brexit malaise - but today's Spring Statement looks unlikely to propose anything that will genuinely tackle low wages and poor productivity.

Help us deliver food justice

We need to work to restore common decency for all and that starts with the fight for food justice. Help us to make it happen.

Across the World, co-operatives are helping to close the Gender Gap

This week, to mark International Women’s Day 2019, the Co-operative Party Women’s Network hosted an event exploring how co-operatives have succeeded in empowering women to bring about sustainable change to their communities around the world.

Rebuilding Common Decency

Whether in policy or how we do politics, common decency seems further away than ever. That's why we must all recommit ourselves to building a politics we can all be proud of.