Friday 13th – Sunday 15th October | Central London
In October 1917, delegates came together at Central Hall in Westminster to found the Co-operative Party. A century later, the Party will return there to launch our next hundred years.
We meet with our country at a crossroads. People are crying out for a movement that believes in sharing power and wealth. And with the theme of this year’s Conference, ‘Ideas to change Britain’, we’re ready to answer that call.
With party membership at a modern high, this Conference promises to be our largest in recent times, and we look forward to welcoming more than 400 visitors and delegates from every corner of the UK, as well as friends in the co-operative, labour and trade union movements.
Attendees will hear from leading Labour & Co-operative representatives and key players from the co-operative movement, as well as the chance to take part in policy discussions and panel debates.
There’ll be plenty of time for socialising and networking too, with receptions and socials scheduled over the weekend, as well as a special Centenary Celebration on Saturday evening.
Don’t just mark history – let’s work together to shape it. See you there.
Leading figures in the Labour and co-operative movements will be joining us to mark this historic occasion.
Conference papers, including the Official Conference Guide and Delegate Handbook, as well as this year’s policy papers, are now available to download
This year’s Conference includes policy debates on Education and Housing policy, held on Saturday and Sunday.
The policy documents below, which have been drafted in consultation with submissions from members over the past year, will form the basis of these debates. The submissions themselves and feedback provided are also available here
Some of the highlights of the weekend, as well as start and end times of the main sessions, are listed below.
One important change to note is that this year, the AGM will be taking place on Friday afternoon, and will be open to delegates only. In place of the usual conference dinner, we’ll also be holding a Centenary Party on the Saturday night. All visitors and party members are warmly welcome.
Open to delegates only Open to visitors Standalone ticket available
Visitors are Party members or members of the public attending Conference in an individual capacity. Visitors are entitled to attend all parts of Conference apart from the AGM. They may not participate in votes, and speak on the Conference floor only at the Chair’s discretion. Visitor passes start at £15.
Delegates attend on behalf of local Co-operative Party councils and co-operative societies. They are entitled to attend and vote in the Party AGM on the Friday afternoon of Conference, and receive priority when speaking in debates on the Conference floor. If you are interested in attending as a delegate, please get in touch with the secretary of your local party.
Ex-officio attendees are official Co-operative Party elected representatives such as MPs, MSPs, AMs and Councillors, as well as members of Committees such as the NEC and CAC. Ex-officio attendees may speak but have no voting powers unless also appointed as a delegate.
If you are attending Conference as a delegate, your Party Council or Society Secretary will normally arrange your accommodation.
Visitors should make arrangements of their own.
Delegates who have had their accommodation arranged through the Co-operative Party will have a room reserved at either the Grange Hotel (map) or Travelodge Tower Hill(map), which are both adjacent to the main Conference venue.
You can find information about which hotel you are staying in your ‘Welcome to Conference’ email.
As Conference is being held in Central London, there is a wide variety of hotel options available across the city that are easily accessible to the Conference venues in Westminster and Tower Bridge.
If you prefer to stay in or close to the Conference Hotel, there are a number of hotels within a 5 minute walk, including:
There are a wide range of opportunities for organisations to get involved in this year’s Conference
From advertising opportunities to organising fringe events or exhibiting in the Conference Marketplace, we have options to fit all sizes of organisations and budgets.
Get in touch to discuss commercial opportunities
Ready? Purchase your visitor pass for this year’s Conference via the secure online form below.
It shouldn’t take long – we just need to know which type of pass you’d like, a little about you, and on the final step we’ll ask for your card details so we can take payment.