Co-operation Live – Co-operative Party
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Coronavirus can’t stop us co-operating – and now you can join our new series of virtual events from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Say hello to Co-operation Live: every week you can tune in on zoom to chat about a wide range of topics – from food justice to fair trade – with expert speakers including MPs, councillors, community leaders and co-operative activists..

As well as our weekly Midweek Meetup for members, as part of Co-operation Live we'll also be holding weekly Councillors' Calls – plus special one-off events for members, party officers and more. Keep checking back here as we continuously update our schedule.

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Every Wednesday at 1pm, join us in your lunch break for a discussion about policy, politics and community action.

We will be exploring the co-operative movement and their response to coronavirus, as well as ways you can get involved and our aspirations for how we rebuild a fairer economy after this lockdown ends.

Open to all members.

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Our Co-operative MPs, Peers, MSPs, AMs, Mayors and Councillors are bringing co-operation to decision-making tables across the UK. Hear more from them in our Q&As, meetups and masterclasses.

Our elected representatives are putting co-operation into practice up and down the country. Join our Represent! calls to hear more about what Co-op representatives are achieving in their communities.

Open to all.

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Supporting Fairtrade

with Stephen Doughty MP and a Fairtrade Foundation representative

Members are invited to dial into a Zoom call to hear from Stephen Doughty MP and a Fairtrade Foundation representation as they discuss the need to champion fairtrade values and principles, in this period of international crisis, by tackling global inequality and poverty.

This will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.

PLEASE NOTE START TIME OF 6PM, DUE TO SPEAKER AVAILABLITY

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Owning the Future: an Alternative Financial Services sector

with guest speakers tbc

Our financial sector needs attention now as there is a lack of choice and diversity with high street banks are reluctant to lend to SMEs.  However, alternatives do exist - members are invited to dial into this Zoom call and hear from representatives of credit unions and community development finance institutions (CDFIs) who provide accessible and affordable banking, and building societies which exist to provide a service for their members rather than create wealth for external shareholders.

This will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.

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Owning the Future: a Co-operative Green New Deal

with guest speakers tbc

Co-operative ownership should be at the heart of tackling the climate crisis, with common democratic ownership embedded in the green technologies of the future. Members are invited to dial into a Zoom call to discuss.

This will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.

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Past events...

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Owning the Future: Co-operation and the tech sector

with Polly Robbins (Outlandish), Stephen Gill (VME Retail) and Chris Lowis (Go Free Range).

As part of Co-ops Fortnight's #KeepCooperating, hear inspiring stories of how the co-operative model is working for 'newer-style' co-operatives in the tech sector. With invited guest speakers representing the industry.  Followed by a facilitated Q&A.

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Owning the Future: Regional co-operative development

with Rt. Hon. Liam Byrne MP, Ian Wilson and Cllr Emma Hoddinott

As part of 2020'S Co-ops Fortnight's focus to #KeepCooperating, hear from the Rt. Hon. Liam Byrne - MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill & West Midlands Mayoral candidate; Ian Wilson - CASE specialist (Co-operative & Social Enterprise development); and Cllr Emma Hoddinott - a member of the Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission - as they present regional plans to further promote co-operative enterprise, initiatives to support the co-operative sector to thrive and grow as well as helping new co-ops to start up.  Followed by a facilitated Q&A.

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Owning the Future: a Place-Based Economy

with Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz and Cllr Joe Cullinane

Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz - Mayor of Newham and Cllr Joe Cullinane - Leader of North Ayrshire - discuss UK-wide policies for regional growth coming out of lockdown by promoting regeneration and community wealth building, as highlighted in the Co-operative Party's #OwningTheFuture report

Wales Branding

Owning the Future: Co-operation and the Welsh Government Economic Plan

with the Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS and guest speakers

Hear from the Rt. Hon. First Minister Mark Drakeford MS on the co-operative programme for economic recovery across Wales following the COVID-19 crisis.

Other Co-operative Members of the Senedd will summarise it's impact on their roles as well as provide updates on the ongoing work of the Wales Co-operative Party.

This will be followed by a facilitated Q & A.

Scotland Branding

Owning the Future: Co-operation and the Scottish Parliament 

with Richard Leonard MSP and guest speakers

Hear from Richard Leonard MSP, the Leader of the Scottish Labour Party on his co-operative programme for economic recovery across Scotland following the COVID-19 crisis.

Other Labour & Co-operative Members of the Scottish Parliament will summarise it's impact on their roles as well as provide updates on the ongoing work of the Scottish Co-operative Party.

This will be followed by a facilitated Q & A.

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Owning the Future: Fairer taxation and good corporate governance

with Dan Carden MP, Louise Eldridge & Paul Monaghan

Hear from Dan Carden MP – Shadow Financial Secretary (Treasury), Louise Eldridge - CORE coalition and Paul Monaghan - Fairtax Mark as they discuss good corporate governance and fairer ways of taxation.

This will be followed by a facilitated Q & A.

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Owning the Future: A New Co-operative Economic Plan

with Anneliese Dodds MP

Hear from Anneliese Dodds MP - Shadow Chancellor - as she addresses how the economy can rebuild co-operatively following the COVID-19 crisis and the proposals outlined in the Co-op Party's new report, Owning The Future, on how we can rebuild the economy post-Covid.

Followed by a facilitated Q & A.

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with Paddy Lillis (General Secretary USDAW), Daniel Johnson MSP and Alex Norris MP

#NotPartOfTheJob - Safeguarding Retail Workers

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has put the retail sector and it's workers on the very front line of this crisis but, following a recent survey by USDAW, the number of violent and threatening attacks on them has doubled.

Hear from Paddy Lillis, General Secretary of USDAW as he highlights the need to protect retail workers further, Claire Saunders - Co-op Group Store Manager - sharing her recent experiences of working in-store,  with Daniel Johnson MSP and Alex Norris MP giving updates on their campaigning Bills in Holyrood and Westminster to give legal protection to shop workers.

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Inequality

with Florence Eshalomi MP & Greg Beales, Shelter

Far from a great equaliser, coronavirus thrives on inequality. And Britain’s unequal system gives the virus an environment in which is can thrive and wreak havoc.

Members are invited to dial into a Zoom call and hear from Florence Eshalomi MP, Greg Beales (Director of Communications, Policy & Campaigns at Shelter) and other guest speakers on the socio economic impact on low pay, structural racism, health and housing. 

This will be followed by a facilitated Q & A.

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New Economics of Covid-19

with Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation.

Miatta addresses the impact of COVID-19 and how NEF is fighting for everyone to be supported through the immediate crisis. As well as their longer term plan of work on a recovery plan to provide us all with access to things we really need such as quality housing, healthcare and social care – and the long-term crisis of climate change. She will speak about what the role and scope for the co-operative economy is within this.

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Sustainable Travel

with Cllr Liam Robinson, Kerry McCarthy MP and Tim Burns (Sustrans)

Hear from Cllr Tom Hayes (Dpt. Leader Oxford City Council), Cllr Liam Robinson (Chair - Transport Committee, Liverpool City Council) and Tim Burns (Policy Officer for Sustrans, the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle) - as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on travel and how we can be more sustainable in the future.

This will be followed by a Q&A.

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Work & Welfare Provisions

with Jonathan Reynolds MP

Hear from Jonathan Reynolds MP, Secretary Secretary of State for Work & Pensions. Given the huge strain the current crisis has placed on work and welfare provisions, this is the opportunity to hear about the immediate work the Shadow DWP team are doing to mitigate the impacts and priorities for social security coming out of the other side.

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Wales: Lessons from a Co-operative Nation

with Derek Wales, Wales Co-op Centre & Adrian Roper, Cartrefi Cymru

Hear from Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-op Centre and Adrian Roper, Chief Executive of the social care co-operative Cartrefi Cymru, about the approach the Welsh Government is taking to support local co-ops through these critical months and to share their thoughts on how we rebuild better, in a more fairer way, coming out of the other side.

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Luke Pollard MP

Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Hear from Luke Pollard MP as he explains DEFRA's approach to COVID-19, addressing issues such as food distribution and free school meals.

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Fairtrade

with Preet Gill MP and Alice Lucas, Fairtrade Foundation

Hear from Preet Gill MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, and Alice Lucas, Policy and Advocacy Manager of the Fairtrade Foundation

They will address the impact of COVID-19 on the Fairtrade Foundation and their partner organisations.

This will be followed by a Q&A.

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Safer workplaces & the job retention scheme

with Seema Malhotra MP and Kate Dearden, Community The Union

Hear from Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minster for Work & Pensions (Employment), and Kate Dearden, Head of Policy at Community the Union, as they focus on what's next for the Government's job retention scheme and how employees can safely return to their workplaces.

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Listing Assets of Community Value

with Alex Sobel MP (Shadow Minister for Tourism and Heritage)

Watch our masterclass with Alex Sobel MP on how to list an Asset of Community Value, key to our new Love It? List It! campaign. We may be in lockdown, but we still love what makes our towns and neighbourhoods unique. Join Alex and our Campaigns Officer, James Butler, to learn how we can actively campaign from our homes to help communities take the first step to protect places like parks, pubs and post offices from disappearing once we come out of lockdown.

Food Justice

with Clara Widdison of the Mayors Fund for London & Kitchen Social

Hear from Clara Widdison of the Mayors Fund for London and Kitchen Social to hear more on how local community groups in seven London boroughs provide healthy meals and a range of social development activities for disadvantaged during the holidays and their community response to the current coronavirus crisis.

Connecting communities with community transport

with Bill Freeman, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Transport Association and Matt Rodda MP, Shadow Minster for Transport (Buses).

Across the country, co-operative, social enterprise and other forms of not-for-profit bus operators are proving that it’s possible to run transport services that are affordable and responsive to the needs of local people. As the Co-operative Party consults on it's policy in this area, we will address the impact of COVID-19 on community transport operators and the effect of access to work and education, tackling social exclusion and loneliness.

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Connecting communties with broadband

with Graham Mitchell @ Platform 6 and Digital Life Collective

As the Party continues its policy consultations with members by digital organising, hear from Graham Mitchell on the steps being taken to increase access to broadband in rural communities and tackle digital exclusion – more pertinent than ever - in this uncertain time of social distancing.

Supporting community businesses

with Harriet English from the Plunkett Foundation

Harriet addresses the impact of COVID-19 on rural communities and how the Plunkett Foundation is tackling issues such as isolation, wellbeing, loneliness and supporting vulnerable people. Hear also encouraging stories from how businesses are adapting and responding to the challenges as well as plans for support packages and legislative change.

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