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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Every Wednesdays at 6pm, join other co-operative councillors to share ideas, get advice and offer each other support.

Local government is on the frontline of responding to the coronavirus crisis. Our weekly calls are an opportunity for Co-operative Councillors to share best practice, hear from experts and activists, and to offer each other mutual support at a challenging time.

Open to all Labour & Co-operative Councillors.

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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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Councillor's Call

with Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council

Find out about how Camden Council have been responding to the Covid-19 situation including their huge community response and a partnership with Age UK. There is also chance to share your council’s approach.

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Sustainable Travel

with Cllr Tom Hayes, Cllr Liam Robinson and Tim Burns (Sustrans)

Members are invited to dial into a Zoom call to 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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Councillor's Call

with Cllr Richard Murgatroyd and Hugh Goulbourne

Social care has been at the forefront of the pandemic, but we know the system was broken before then. Join us for a Q & A about where next for councils as they deal with the increasing pressures in adult social care and hear from Cllr Richard Murgatroyd and Hugh Goulbourne about their work with Kirklees Solidarity Economic Network in setting up a new kind of care co-op.

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Past events...

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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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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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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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with Preet Gill MP and Alice Lucas, Fairtrade Foundation

Members are invited to dial into a video call to hear more 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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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 more from Paddy Lillis, General Secretary of USDAW as he highlights the need to protect retail workers further, Claire Saunders - Co-op Group Store Manager - will share 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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New Economics of Covid-19

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

Miatta will address 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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Luke Pollard MP

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

You are invited to dial into a video call to hear from Luke Pollard MP as he explains DEFRA's approach to COVID-19, addressing issues such as food distribution and free school meals.

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.

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.

Supporting community businesses

with Harriet English from the Plunkett Foundation

Harriet will address 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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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.

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Food Justice

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

Join 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.