Vote Yes to Motion 10 to continue the partnership between the Co-op Group and the Co-operative Party – Co-operative Party

Vote to continue the partnership between the Co-op Group and the
Co-operative Party


The Co-operative Party was founded in 1917 by the co-operative movement – made up of member and employee-owned businesses determined to change how business is done and who shares its rewards.

That relationship continues today, with the Co-op supermarkets and retail societies on your high street continuing to support our Party and campaign with us on crucial issues like food poverty, ending violence against shopworkers, and promoting Fairtrade.

Vote Yes to Motion 10 to ensure our work continues.

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Soon, those of us who regularly shop with the Co-operative Group (‘the Co-op’) will once again be asked to vote on continuing the partnership with Co-operative Party.

For over 100 years, the Co-operative Party and the co-operative movement have worked in partnership to build a society where power and wealth are shared. We are the political voice of the co-operative movement, taking co-operative policies and principles from the shop floor to the places where laws are made.

We are your voice at decision-making tables across the country: supporting co-operative ideas like fairtrade, food justice and protection for shopworkers. But for that work to continue, we need your vote.

To keep this historic link between our movement and our Party and to continue the amazing successes we've achieved together, vote Yes to Motion 10 as part of the Co-op Group AGM before the deadline of 13th May.

Why am I being asked to vote?

Over a century ago, the individual co-operative societies that make up the UK co-op movement came together to establish the Co-operative Party as their political voice. Since then, these co-operatives have regularly consulted their members and voted on whether to continue their subscription to the Party.

Today, the largest of these co-operative societies is the Co-operative Group (‘the Co-op’), which sells food, funeral care and insurance across the country.

For nearly a decade, in keep with our movements democratic traditions, the Co-op Group has held a direct ballot of its members each year on whether to maintain the partnership. Every year, Co-op Group members have approved maintaining the link overwhelmingly.

The vote is taking place once again this year, and we are therefore asking for your support.

Who is eligible to vote?

You are likely to be able to vote if:

  • You shop regularly at a Co-operative Group store (with a blue membership card) and spent over £250 using your membership card in 2022.
  • You have an insurance or funeralcare plan with the Co-op.

You may not be able to vote if:

  • You have spent less than £250 at the Co-op in the past calendar year, or have not used your blue membership card.
  • You are a member of an independent Co-operative society (such as Scotmid or Central England)

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to vote, visit (requires you to be logged in) or call 0800 0686 727.

Being a member of the Co-operative Party (with a purple membership card) does not automatically make you eligible in this vote – though many Party members will be eligible, and will receive a voting pack by post or email.

How do I vote?

Eligible voters have been sent a voting pack by post or email.

  • If the Co-op has a valid email address on record for you, you will receive a link to vote securely online.
  • For everyone else, watch out for an AGM pack that will arrive by post.

For the first time, you will also be able to cast your vote using the Co-op app.

The vast majority of ballots have been sent by email, with a small number sent by post. If you are eligible to vote (you can check your eligibility using the Co-op Group’s website here), search your email inbox for an email from

If you sign up for our email updates, we will keep you up to date with how to cast your vote.

Since last year's vote, we have:

  • Supported shopworkers facing skyrocketing levels of violence, threats and abuse by winning further legal protections for shopworkers. Working with the Co-op Group, independent co-op societies and USDAW, we forced the Government to finally back an standalone offence for assaulting a retail worker. We have led in ensuring the epidemic of violence faced by shopworkers has lead the agenda, and took made sure that agenda was implemented by continuing to work with Police and Crime Commissioners to ensure retail crime is highlighted in their local crime plans.
  • Promoted community-owned green energy by winning a commitment from the Labour Party for the biggest ever investment in community-owned energy. We have championed the issue at every level of government and campaigned along co-operative society members to help lead the way on a greener, cleaner, community-owned energy future.
  • Protected and promoted the co-operative and mutual movement by helping drive ambition within the co-operative movement for growth and winning support from our sister party on doubling the size of the co-operative sector. We've on track to meet our target to doubling the number of employee-owned business in Wales, and have continued to work on a national, regional and local basis to support co-operative development.
  • Built the case for local ownership of community assets like pubs, shops and community centres, with policy wins on securing a commitment for a Community Right to Buy to help more people save their cherished local assets from being sold-off, and reviving our high streets by bringing empty shops back into community use.
  • Put co-operation in power across the country by continuing to grow our movement to include over 1500 councillors, 11 MSPs, 16 MSs and 5 Metro Mayors, alongside our 24 MPs in Westminster. Co-operative Representatives now include the First Minister of Wales, the Leader of Scottish Labour. In the coming General Election, we hope to elect a record number of Co-operative representatives, who will take your values from the shop floor to the floor of the Houses of Parliament.

You’re not just a shopper.
You’re a pioneer.

"The Co-op" is more than a shop: it's a critical part of a movement dedicated to changing the way power and wealth are shared.

From being the first supermarket to stock Fairtrade products to their brilliant work on tackling the climate emergency by pioneering the elimination of plastic waste, they show us a different, more ethical way to do business.

Your blue card is more than a way to earn rewards for yourself. As you shop, you are supporting causes in your local community. You are signalling your support for an ethical business that pays its fair share of tax. You are earning the right to make decisions about how the Co-op Group should use its power. You make the work we do possible.

Your card means you are part of a movement. You're not just a shopper. You're a pioneer. That's why it's essential you make your voice heard by casting your vote.


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