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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Join us every Wednesday for a discussion about the functions of the Co-operative Party, it's 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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Highlighting National Grief Awareness Week 

Members are invited to dial into this Zoom call to hear from Carolyn Harris MP - PPS to the Leader of the Opposition - and other guest speakers as we discuss the work of the wider co-operative movement in the funeral and bereavement sector.

This will take the form of a facilitated Q&A.

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(dis)Ability Network: Invisible Disabilities 

To highlight the International Day for People with Disabilities, the Co-operative Party's (dis)Ability network is hosting an online Zoom event focusing on this year's theme that ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’.

Guest speakers have been invited by the (dis)Ability Network to discuss raising awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, with examples of co-operative solutions that are making a real differences to lives.

This will take the form of a facilitated panel discussion and Q&A followed the chance to virtually meet up with other each and raise the issues you feel the Network needs focus on with the recently elected Steering Committee.

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International Trade & Brexit 

Members are invited to dial into this Zoom call to hear from Gareth Thomas MP (tbc), Sir Mark Hendricks MP and other guest speakers on the international trade deals being made as Britain exits the EU. As Brexit talks continue we discuss what the shadow Department for International Trade team are doing to ensure deals are negotiated fit for a post-COVID world and how they affect every aspect of society from the public services to online privacy, from climate action to food standards.

This will take the form of a facilitated Q&A.

Past events ... Summer School

Recordings of a series of short Zoom calls with Party staff to help you find out more about who we are, what we do, how to get active and what support we can give to help you get the most out of your membership. Aimed at some of our newer members - who may have joined in the last few years - you can also learn how we interact with the wider co-op movement and the Labour Party and how you could become a candidate.

Co-operative Party 101

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With Joe Fortune, General Secretary

An introduction to the work of the Co-op Party, our history and plans for the future with the Party's General Secretary, Joe Fortune, via Zoom.  Followed by a facilitated Q&A.

Getting Active in the Party

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With Shane Brogan, Membership Manager

Our branches are at the heart of our member activity - dial in to this Zoom call to find out more on how you can get involved, as well as learn more about our party structures, networks and current campaigns.  This will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.

Intro to Local Government

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With Emma Hoddinott, Local Government Officer & James Butler, Campaigns Officer

Over 800 Co-operative Party Councillors across the UK are leading co-operative action in their communities - dial in to this Zoom call to learn about their work and how you can be a candidate. This will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.

The Party of the Co-op Movement

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With Karen Wilkie, Dept General Secretary & John Boyle, Principle 6 Officer

The Co-operative Party is part of a movement of over 7,000 co-operatives across the UK.  Dial into this Zoom call and learn how we are united by a set of principles and the great work co-ops do.  This will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.

Sister Parties: Working with Labour

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With Shane Brogan, Membership Officer 

For nearly 100 years we've worked with Labour - dial into this Zoom call to find out how we work together in Parliament and how to become an active CLP delegate.  This will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.

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Past events...

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Time to Invest in the North?

Members are invited to dial into this Zoom call to hear from Jamie Driscoll, Mayor of North Tyne and Kim McGuiness, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, on why we need investment in the north, the economic plan for recovery in North of Tyne, the need for an integrated approach to health and policing and why being a Labour & Co-operative really matters.

This will take the form of a facilitated Q&A.

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Launch of the Co-operative Party's Food Justice Finder

With speakers: Councillor Nick Forbes CBE, Leader of Newcastle City Council and Leader of the Local Government Association (LGA) Labour Group, and other guests.

We know that councils with Food Champions and Food Partnerships are better placed to fight food poverty at a local level. The Co-operative Party launches it's Food Justice Finder, so you can search to find out whether your local council has taken these crucial steps towards food justice.

Local councils are working on multiple fronts to fight food poverty, from providing free school meals to supporting food banks. This tool helps ensure that work is getting the publicity and support from the local community that it needs and deserves

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A Co-operative Commission for London

Members from across London are invited to dial into this zoom call as Seema Malhotra MP, Stella Creasy MP and Tal Michael call for a co-operative commission for London.

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Sustainable Communities 

Members are invited to dial into this Zoom call as we hear from Barry Sheerman MP; Cllr Clare Penny Evans - Cabinet lead for Climate Change & Communities and vice-Chair of Climate Committee, Newcastle City Council; Chris Shaw - Huddersfield Sustainable Town; and Cllr Johnson Situ - Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency, Planning and Transport, Southwark Council on how a sense of community and environmental awareness can transform towns across the UK with collective commitments to reducing environmental impact leading to a more sustainable future.

There are economic, social and environmental aspects to urban living, including a reduced average carbon footprint, the freeing up of countryside for nature and agriculture, and the creative benefits of people working within a short distance of each other.

This will be a facilitated Q&A session.

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What is Unconscious Bias?

With speaker Owen Jones, Hope Not Hate

As the Co-operative Party highlights Black History Month, members hear from Owen Jones of campaigning group Hope Not Hate as he discusses how historical racism bears on systemic discrimination today and why unconscious bias is real and needs to be addressed and tackled.

Wales Branding

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Fringe event: Owning the Future - A Co-operative Agenda for Wales

Hear from the Wales Co-operative Party and Wales Co-operative Centre to shape the post-Covid Welsh economy in everyone's interests.  With speakers: 

  • Chair: Vikki Howells MS, Chair of the Senedd Co-operatives & Mutuals Cross Party Group.
  • Huw Irranca-Davies MS, Chair of the Co-operative Senedd Group.
  • Derek Walker, Chief Executive, Wales Co-operative Centre.
  • Merthyr Valleys Homes, Wales first tenant & employee housing mutual.
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Inspiring BAME Co-operators

With speakers representing our NAME Labour & Co-operative Councillors

As the Co-operative Party highlights Black History Month, members hear from Cllr Abi Marshall Katung (Leeds), Cllr James Beckles (Newham), Cllr Marianna Masters (Lambeth) and Siji Adeoye (Medway) as they discuss why they got into local politics and what the Labour & Co-operative difference means to them.

This call celebrates the work of our elected representatives, showcasing the achievements of our BAME politicians and explore how we can improve diversity in politics and tackle discrimination.

Owning the Future: a co-operative plan for recovery

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A New Co-operative Economic Plan

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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A Co-operative Green New Deal

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. Hear a discussion with Dr Alan Whitehead MP for Southampton Test & Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).

Wales Branding

Co-operation and the Welsh Government Economic Plan

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. Followed by a facilitated Q & A.

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An Alternative Financial Services sector

Hear more about accessible and affordable banking, and building societies which exist to provide a service for their members rather than create wealth for external shareholders.  With Karen Hurst (Policy Officer ABCUL) Lauren Langton (CEO Northumberland Community Bank), Jo Moscrop (No1 CopperPot Credit Union) and Ben West (Head of Business Development at London Mutual Credit Union).

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Regional co-operative development

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

Hear more detail on 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. 

Scotland Branding

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.  Followed by a facilitated Q & A.

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Fairer taxation and good corporate governance

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: Co-operation and the tech sector

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.   Followed by a facilitated Q&A with Polly Robbins (Outlandish), Stephen Gill (VME Retail) and Chris Lowis (Go Free Range).

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Owning the Future: a Place-Based Economy

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

Our current campaigning & responses to Covid-19:

Action on Food

With speakers Jane Middleton, Cllr Chris Kennedy & Cllr Jack Abbott

Representatives from the Labour Hunger Campaign and councillors from Hackney and Suffolk discuss how they’re campaigning to tackle food insecurity, the importance of food poverty action plans and how they are helping to deliver food justice in communities across the UK.

Protecting retail workers

with Daniel Johnson MSP and Robert Killin, USDAW

On Thursday 22 Sept, Daniel Johnson MSP's Bill was debated in the Scottish Parliament.
Join with Daniel as he discuss the Bill, plus hear from Robert Killin, USDAW organiser, as he shares his experiences and how the need to protect retail workers is now more vital than ever.

Ceasing modern slavery in supply chains

With speaker Damien Egan, Labour & Co-operative Mayor of Lewisham

The Government have recently agreed to extend the Modern Slavery Act to cover all public bodies. Hear more about the Co-operative Party's Modern Slavery Charter sought to eradicate slavery and the 100 pioneering Councils who signed this commitment. When these legislative changes come through, all public bodies – including the NHS and MOD - will have to prepare and publish a slavery and human trafficking statement.
Members are invited to join the zoom call to hear more from Damien Egan, Labour & Co-operative Mayor of Lewisham and Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Local Government Officer

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New Economics of Covid-19

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

Hear how NEF is fighting for everyone to be supported through the immediate Covid-19 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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Supporting Fairtrade

Hear from Stephen Doughty MP Shadow Minister for Africa and International Development and David Taylor Policy Officer Fairtrade Foundation 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

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#Not Part of the Job: Safeguarding Retail Workers

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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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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DEFRA update

Hear from Luke Pollard MP, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as he explains DEFRA's approach to COVID-19, addressing issues such as food distribution and free school meals.

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Sustainable Travel

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

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

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.

Food Justice

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.

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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.

Co-op Party Policy discussion

Supporting community businesses

Harriet English from the Plunkett Foundation 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.

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.