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North West Regional Conference

On Saturday 1st February 2020, the Co-operative Party's North West regional conference will take place at the Old Fire Station, Salford.

There will be a particular focus on some of the big challenges our economy and communities face across the region, a spotlight on policy, as well as showcasing  co-operative solutions that can be expanded and supported to build the fairer future we so desperately need.

Sessions and Speakers:

  • 10:30: Welcome and introduction (Gary Booth, Co-operative Party NEC Representative for the North West).
  • 10:45-11:45: Policy Debate 1: Connectivity - Transport and Telecoms. With:
    • Kevin Albertson, Professor of Economics: MMU Business School
    • Mark Wynn, Director, Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Circle Volunteer Drivers Service
    • Shaun Fensom, Community Broadband Network
    • Alex Hulley, Charge My Street
    • Chaired by Jo Platt, former MP for Leigh.
  • 11:45: Being a Councillor: How to nominate candidates, manifesto ideas and other support (With Community the Union). With:
    • Cllr Paul Dennett, Mayor of Salford
    • Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Co-operative Party Local Government Officer
    • Tom Jennings, Community
  • 12:30: Co-operative Party Campaigning: Community Safety. With:
    • Baroness Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester (Police, Crime, Criminal Justice & Fire)
    • James Butler, Co-operative Party Campaigns Officer
    • Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West and Royton
  • 13:15: Lunch(a sandwich lunch is included with your registration fee)
  • 14:00: Community Business and Co-operative Development. With:
    • Chris Dabbs, Unlimited Potential
    • Thomas Barlow, the Media Fund
    • Dennis McGinn, Working Class Movement Library
    • Chair: Jo Platt, former MP for Leigh
  • 14:45: Policy Debate 2: Accountability and Corporate Governance. With:
    • The Rt. Hon Hazel Blears, the Co-operative Group
    • Mary Patel, Fair Tax Mark
    • Chair: Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West and Royton
  • 15:45: Summing Up and Next Steps. With:
    • Gary Booth, Co-operative Party NEC Representative for the North West


The Old Fire Station is situated in the University of Salford Campus opposite Peel Park (off the A6).  The  best way to travel to Salford is by train, metro or bus.  The nearest train station is Salford Crescent.


£10 (£5 concessions), which includes a sandwich lunch.

This event is open to non-members, so please share with friends, Labour Party and trade union colleagues. You must register in advance to secure a place.

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Start: 10:30am (Registration from 10am)
Finish: 4pm


Co-operative Party Events

 020 7367 4150