Programme

  • 5-7 October5-7 Oct
  • Conference Weekend: 9-10 October9-10 Oct
  • 11-15 October11-15 Oct
  • AGM: 16th OctoberSat 16 Oct
Tuesday 5 October
18:30-19:30
Parliamentary Report
Building Community Power Westminster: A Co-operative Election Manifesto
Join our Westminster Parliamentary Group for a panel discussion on building community power and ideas for the next Co-operative election manifesto.
  • Dame Meg Hiller MP
  • Christina Rees MP
  • James Murray MP
  • Alex Norris MP
  • Lord Kennedy of Southwark
  • Baroness Wilcox of Newport
Wednesday 6 October
19:00-20:00
Parliamentary Report
Building Community Power Scotland: Campaigns and Legislation
Join our Scottish Parliamentary Group for a panel discussion on building community power in Scotland and the campaigns and legislation we need in Holyrood.
  • Chair: Daniel Johnson MSP
  • Monica Lennon MSP
  • Rhoda Grant MSP
  • Paul O'Kane MSP
Thursday 7 October
19:00-20:00
Parliamentary Report
Building Community Power Wales: When in Power
Join our Senedd Parliamentary Group for a panel discussion on building community power in Wales and the difference being in Government can make to delivering on co-operative priorities.
  • Huw Irranca Davies MS
  • Mick Antoniw MS
  • Vikki Howells MS
  • Julie James MS
Saturday 9 October
10:00-10:05
Welcome
Welcome to Conference Weekend Day 1
Join us for the start of conference weekend, with a welcome and housekeeping note from our Assistant General Secretary and the delivery of our CAC report.
  • Emma Foody, Assistant General Secretary, Co-operative Party
  • Lis Telcs, Chair of the Conference Arrangements Committee
10:05-10:10
Address
Chair's Address
  • Jim McMahon MP, Chair of the Co-operative Party
10:10-10:30
Keynote
Anneliese Dodds MP
10:30-11:15
Keynote
In Conversation: Mayor Andy Burnham and Mayor Tracy Brabin
Join two of our fantastic Metro Mayors, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin, for a wide-ranging in conversation event and Q&A.
11:15-11:45
Keynote
Vaughan Gething MS
Join Welsh Minister for Economy Vaughan Gething MS for a keynote on delivering a more co-operative economy in Wales.
Break for lunch
13:00-14:30
Policy Debate
High Streets
The culmination of our 2021 policy process, we'll be discussing the ideas proposed in our 2021 policy paper (read it here) on high streets. Members are welcome to directly contribute to the debate if they wish, but anyone can tune in to watch this lively discussion! Featuring:
  • Chair: Cllr Abigail Marshall Katung, Co-op Party Policy Subcommittee
  • Vidyha Alakeson, Power to Change
  • Wendy Hart, Nudge Community Builders
  • Paul Iseard, Portland Works
  • Grace Harrison, Kitty's Laundrette
Break
15:00-16:00
Campaign Workshop
Climate Change
Join us for an interactive campaign workshop to build campaigning ideas on our member-chosen topic, climate change. Featuring:
  • Leo Murray, Possible
  • Aneaka Kellay, Carbon Co-op
Sunday 10 October
10:00-10:05
Welcome
Welcome to Conference Weekend Day 2
Join us for the start of Day 2 of Conference Weekend, with a welcome from our Assistant General Secretary and General Secretary.
  • Emma Hoddinott, Assistant General Secretary, Co-op Party
  • Joe Fortune, General Secretary, Co-op Party
10:05-10:30
Keynote
Sarah Longlands
Join Sarah Longlands, Chief Executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), for her keynote address.
10:30-11:15
Panel
Building Community Power: Spotlight on Co-ops and Co-operation
Join a selection of brilliant co-ops, co-operators and community organisations for a panel on how they are building community power in their local areas.
  • Chair: Baroness Thornton
  • Shiri Shalmy, Co-operation Town
  • Joanne Elston, Zero Waste Hub @ Shrub Co-op
  • Anna Kear, Tonic Housing
  • Professor Donna Hall, New Local
  • Nick Crofts, Co-op Foundation
  • Sarah McCarthy Fry, Co-op Group Member Nominated Director
11:15-11:45
Keynote
Anas Sarwar MSP
Join Anas Sarwar MSP, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, for his keynote address.
Break for lunch
13:00-14:30
Policy Debate
Social Care
The culmination of our 2021 policy process, we'll be discussing the ideas proposed in our 2021 policy paper (read it here) on social care. Members are welcome to directly contribute to the debate if they wish, but anyone can tune in to watch this lively discussion!
  • Chair: Chris Bain, Co-op Party Policy Subcommittee
  • Sharon Lowrie, Be Caring
  • Danielle Bolchover, Colne Valley Care Co-op
  • Sue Richards, Colne Valley Care Co-op
Break
15:00-16:00
Campaigning workshop
Protecting Public Broadcasters
With Channel 4 facing privitisation and the future of the BBC uncertain, join us for a campaign workshop on how we can protect our public broadcasters from privitisation.
  • Rose Marley, Co-ops UK
  • Rebecca Harvey, Co-op News
Monday 11 October
18:30-19:30
Network Discussion
Youth Network: The Climate Emergency
Hosted by our member-led Co-operative Party Youth Network.
  • Chair: Marion Craig
  • Luke Pollard MP
  • The Woodcraft Folk
Tuesday 12 October
18:30-19:30
Network Discussion
LGBTQ+ Co-operators: Conference Event
Hosted by our member-led LGBTQ+ Co-operators Network.
  • Speakers TBC
Wednesday 13 October
18:30-19:30
Network Discussion
Creating Better BAME opportunities
Hosted by our member-led BAME Co-operators Network.
  • Chair: Cecile Wright
  • Preet Kaur Gill MP
  • Cllr Sanchia Alisha
  • Dr Evelyne Godfrey
  • Cllr Lola Oyewusi
  • Dr Greogry Robert
Thursday 14 October
18:30-19:30
Network Discussion
Women in Public Life
Hosted by our member-led Co-operative Party Women's Network.
  • Chair: Cllr Joanna West
  • Florence Eshalomi MP
  • Cllr Kemi Akinola
  • Cllr Olga Fitzroy
  • Ruth Hall, Vice Chair of the Co-op Party NEC
  • Emma Foody, Assistant General Secretary of the Co-op Party
Friday 15 October
18:30-19:30
Network Discussion
POSTPONED: (dis)Ability Network: Social Care
Hosted by our member-led Co-operative Party (dis)Ability Network.
  • Chair: Ben Cooper
  • Kavan Hawker
  • Valerie Bossman-Quarshie
  • Cheryl Barrott
POSTPONED
Morning
09:30-12:30
AGM
Co-operative Party Ltd Annual General Meeting
FOLLOWING YESTERDAY'S TRAGIC EVENTS, WE HAVE TAKEN THE DECISION TO POSTPONE THE CO-OPERATIVE PARTY AGM. THE THOUGHTS OF THE NEC, STAFF, MEMBERS AND MOVEMENT ARE WITH SIR DAVID AMESS'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS
This event is open to Co-operative Party members only.
All times are subject to change.

Speakers

Anneliese Head
AndyBurnham
TracyBrabin
Anas Sarwar
Vaughan Gething
Sarah Longlands
Jim McMahon

Resources

Policy

Policy Paper: High Streets

Read this paper ahead of our policy debate at conference!

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Policy Paper: Social Care

Read this paper ahead of our policy discussion at conference!

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AGM Documents

Further documents and information to follow.

AGM Notice 2021

Notice of Co-operative Party Ltd AGM 2021

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Board Report and Accounts 2020

For review at Co-operative Party AGM 2021

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Annual Review 2020

A review of our achievements in 2020.

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Rule changes

Party rule changes to be considered at our AGM.

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Organisational Motions

Organisation motions to be considered at our AGM.

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Membership Subscription

Membership subscriptions to be agreed at our AGM.

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CAC Election

Notice regarding Conference Arrangements Committee Election 2021.

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General Information

Further documents and information to follow.

Conduct & Safeguarding

Read this important information about our rules of conduct.

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FAQs

Do I need to be a member of the Co-operative Party to attend the Building Community Power conference?

No! The main days of the Building Community Power conference are welcome to all, and you do not need to be a member to take part.

The only exception is our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 16th October, which is open only to Co-operative Party members.

How much does it cost to attend?

Our online conference is free for everyone! However if you would like to make a donation to the costs of running our online conference, you can do so here.

How do I attend the conference? Where is it?

Building Community Power will be taking place online so you can join us from the comfort of your own home!

The morning sessions of our main conference weekend will be livestreamed to our conference website: simply visit party.coop/conference21 on Saturday and Sunday morning to find the video player and Q&A box.

All other events during the conference will take place on Zoom: you can find the links to register for and receive the link to join each session below each event on the conference programme.

Will the conference be accessible?

The conference will be live-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing participants. If you have any other accessibility needs, please contact events@party.coop and we will do our best to accommodate.

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