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.
Every Wednesday at 1pm, join us in your lunch break for a discussion about the functions of the Co-operative Party, it's policy, politics and community action.
Open to all members.
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.
Last week the Government 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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Owning the Future: a co-operative plan for recovery
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.