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2020 Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting


Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th October 2020


Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th October 2020


Online only Livestream via a custom built Conference microsite


This year's Owning the Future Live Conference reaches more members and supporters than ever.


* this programme is subject to change

Saturday 10 October 2020

  • 10:30am introductory addresses from Joe Fortune, General Secretary and NEC Chair
  • 11:00am In conversation with Sir Keir Starmer MP and Leader of Labour Party
  • 11:40am Keynote address with Anneliese Dodds MP and Shadow Chancellor
  • 12:10pm Panel debateOwning the Future: a co-operative panel for economic recovery with speakers tbc
  • 15:00 - 17:00pm Co-operative Party Achievement Awards and online Co-op Quiz

Sunday 11 October 2020

  • 10:30am Policy Consultation: Making Business work for the common good with speakers
  • 11:45am  Policy consultation: Connecting Communities (from buses to broadband)
  • 15:00pm Co-operative Party campaigning: updates on our campaigns to
    • 15:00pm stop violence against shop workers with Joe Fortune, General Secretary
    • 15:30pm food justice with Emma Hoddinott, Local Government Officer
    • 16:00pm listing community assets with James Butler, Campaigns Officer

Monday 12 October 2020

  • 1pm-2pm: Owning the Future 'Common Decency' workshop with speakers tbc
  • 6.30pm-7.30pm: Member Network (Women's): title tbc with speakers tbc

Tuesday 13 October 2020

  • 1pm-2pm: Owning the Future 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' workshop workshop with speakers tbc
  • 6.30pm-7.30pm: Member Network (Youth): A fairer environment - Co-operation and climate change with speakers Luke Pollard MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs); Afsheen Kabir Rashid MBE (Chair Community Energy England); Ishaa Asim – Youth climate striker and climate activist 

Wednesday 14 October 2020

  • 1pm-2pm:(Dis)Ability Network
  • 6.30pm-7.30pm: Owning the Future workshop

Thursday 15 October 2020

  • 1pm-2pm: Owning the Future workshop
  • 6.30pm-7.30pm: Owning the Future workshop

Friday 16 October 2020

  • 1pm-2pm: BAME Network

Saturday 17 October 2020

  • Co-operative Party Ltd: Annual General Meeting 2020
  • 1.30pm-2.30 LGBTQ+ Network


Owning The Future will be taking place online so you can join us from the comfort of your own home. Register your interest in attending by clicking on this link and we will send you instructions on how to attend closer to the event.

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.

More details:

Annual Conference is the Co-operative Party’s annual showcase of co-operative politics.

Keynote speeches: hear from a series of leading Labour & Co‑operative keynote speakers and players from co‑operative and socialist movements,

Interactive debates: take part in interactive Policy discussions and a Owning the Future Panel debate.

Workshops: there’ll be a number of participatory sessions held throughout the week, in association with of partner organisations, providing more information and support for the Party’s ongoing campaigning programme.

Networks: sessions are being held by our BAME, (Dis)Ability, LGBT+, Youth and Women’s Network on themes that really matter to these self-defining connected groups in this period of uncertainty.

Social: there’ll be plenty of time for socialising and networking too – with an online quiz and the chance to catch up with like-minded co-operators via an interactive ‘chat’ function.  Plus options to view the Conference Live stream at a socially-distanced 'Watch' party organised by your local branch or Party Council.

Together, it adds up to the largest political online gathering of the year for the UK co‑operative movement.

If you are interesting in partnering or advertising with us, please contact events@party.coop

Frequently asked questions:

Do I need to be a member of the Co-operative Party to attend the Owning the Future conference?

No! The main days of the Owning the Future 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 17th October, which is open only to Co-operative Party members.

How do I attend the conference? Where is it?

Owning The Future will be taking place online so you can join us from the comfort of your own home. Register your interest in attending by completing the form above, and we will send you the links and instructions on how to attend closer to the event.

Will Owning the Future 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.

Here's a taste of what we've got planned...

On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October, each day we will be running a programme of events including exciting keynote speakers, panel discussions and interactive policy debates were you can contribute to our Party policy.

On Saturday afternoon, we will host our Conference Quiz and Achievement Awards. You can either take part by yourself at home or get together in a group with some local fellow minded co-operators (following social distancing guidelines). This is a great way to connect with members across the UK and prizes will be awarded to the most well informed co-operators!

From Monday 12th to Friday 16th October, we will be running lunchtime and evening workshops and fringes featuring speakers from across our movement. Many of these will be hosted by our diversity networks, including our BAME, (Dis)ability, Women, LGBTQ+ and Youth networks.

On the morning of Saturday 17th, we'll be holding our official Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Co-operative Party is, you've guessed it, a co-op! And that means our members need to meet to vote on crucial business for the year ahead. Like the rest of conference, our AGM will be held online, but for legal reasons it will be open to members only.

Closer to the event, we will contact all Co-operative Party members who have registered to take part in the conference and provide you with a specific ID that you will need to take part in the AGM.

Then, we'll be capping off conference in the afternoon with a discussion from our LGBTQ+ network on the need for LGBTQ+ spaces that are more than just a trip to the pub!