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 Friday 12th - Sunday 14th October

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Broad St, Bristol BS1 2EL

Co-operatives unleashed

Co-operatives aren't just a better way of doing business—they can be at the heart of plans for a fairer economy.

Last year we set an ambition of doubling the size of the co-operative sector, putting democratic ownership by workers and customers at the heart of a vision for an economy where wealth and power are shared.

With the party in its 101st year, membership continuing to grow, and the Party across the country more active than ever, we have the tools to make it happen.

Join us at for a weekend of inspiring stories, practical ideas and skills you can use to begin transforming our communities, unleashing the power of our ideas to build a fairer, stronger Britain.


  • Meet a new generation of co‑operatives expanding the movement into new and innovative areas of the economy
  • Learn practical skills and share your experiences in interactive workshops
  • Share your ideas for doubling the size of the UK Co-operative sector
  • Policy debates on the Economy and Britain leaving the European Union
  • Hear about the work of our Parliamentarians over the past year and take part in a Q&A

Why attend conference?

Annual Conference is the highlight of the Co‑operative Party's calendar, bringing together party members and representatives of the wider co‑operative movement from across the country.

For those new to the Party, Conference is a great introduction to the work of the Party and that of the wider co‑operative movement. For long-standing members, it's a chance to shape the Party's work and policy direction, catch up with old friends and develop new skills.

  • Shape party policy

    We'll be discussing submissions made by members and local parties to this year's policy consultation on Brexit and the Economy.

  • Learn more about the Party's work

    Hear more about the work of our elected representatives across the UK, with an MP's Q&A and reports from Scotland, Westminster and Wales.

  • Socialise and network

    There will be plenty of opportunities to meet and network with other attendees across the country with a welcome reception on Friday and party on Saturday night.

  • Link up with the co-operative movement

    The Conference marketplace will bring together organisations from across the co‑operative movement, from local community co‑ops to national bodies.


Look out for further details of speakers, discussion topics and sessions which will be added here as they are finalised in coming weeks!


Friday 12th October

19:00Welcome reception
Regional delegation meet-up
08:30Co-operative Party Youth social
All members aged 30 or under are welcome (Venue TBC)

Saturday 13th October

09:00 Registration open
10:00 Keynote Marvin Rees
Mayor of Bristol
10:40 Ideas to double the size of the UK's co-operative sector Both Labour & the Co-operative Party have set ambitious pledges which will see the UK's co-operative sector double in size. Share your ideas on making it happen.
11:20 Policy debate Britain Leaving the European Union
Part of the 2018 policy consultation process
12:45 Lunch
14:15 Keynote Rebecca Long-Bailey
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
14:45 Reports
Hear more about the Party's work at all levels of government across the UK, with reports from the Party's representatives in Scotland, Wales and Westminster.
15:00 Parliamentarian Q&A
A panel of our Labour & Co-operative MPs and peers will be taking your questions and feeding back on their work over the past year.
15:45 Unleashed: meeting the next generation of co‑operatives
Meet a new generation of co-operatives who are expanding the co-operative movement into new and innovative areas of business and the economy.
16:45 Workshops
17:45 Close
16:45 Fringes
19:00 LGBT+ Co-operators Social
20:30 Conference Party & Membership Awards presentation

Sunday 14th October

08:30 BAME Network Breakfast
Breakfast meeting of BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) party members
11:20 Policy debate An economy where power and wealth are shared
Part of the 2018 policy consultation process
11:20 Keynote Paddy Lillis
General Secretary, USDAW trade union
11:05 Co-operative Party AGM
Open to delegates and Party members only
  • Organisational motions and rule changes
  • Emergency motions
  • CAC election results
  • Co-operative Party Youth Report
  • Vote of thanks
13:30 Close
13:30 Co-operative Party Women working lunch
Open to conference attendees self-defining as female

Keynote Speakers


Marvin Rees

Mayor of Bristol

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Rebecca Long-Bailey

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury


Paddy Lillis

General Secretary, USDAW


Carolyn Harris

Deputy Leader, Welsh Labour


We're delighted that this year's conference will be held in Bristol, with the main conference programme taking place at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel.

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Broad St
Bristol, BS12EL United Kingdom

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Attending conference

Co-operative Party Annual Conference is open to both members and non-members of the Co-operative Party.

Members may attend as either delegates, or visitors. Delegates attend as representatives of their local co-operative party, and receive speaking and voting rights, and will usually receive assistance from their local Party in arranging travel and accommodation. Visitors are members who have chosen to attend Conference on their own initiative, making their own arrangements. Visitors may attend all sessions, but may not vote in policy and AGM decisions, and may only speak in debates at the discretion of the Chair.

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