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Join us in Preston

as we bring together members and supporters from across the North West 

We will discuss the Co-operative Party’s policy platform for 2019, as well as hear about our new #FoodJustice campaign, the Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission and take part in networking opportunities with like-minded co-operators. Scroll to the bottom of the page to register.  

The final programme is still being worked but sessions will include:

Welcome and keynote address: Co-ops Unleashed

  • find out more about the recent National Economic Foundation report to double the size of the co-operative economy and how the Co-operative Party is working to achieve it

Policy debate 1: Climate change, energy and the environment

  • Time is running out to prevent a climate catastrophe.  Global emissions show few signs of slowing down, hitting unprecedented levels in 2018.  The Co-operative Party seeks to build its longstanding commitment to action on climate change and our belief that we can achieve more for our environment when working co-operatively than we can alone.

Policy debate 2: Community, place and power

  • We are living through turbulent and polarised times.  The foundations of the UK’s economy have shifted – eroding job quality and security, and leaving former industrial towns and regions behind.  This policy consultation looks at bottom up initiatives to build stronger communities, and seeks to answer wider questions about how power is distributed around the UK, and how to rebalance this to give citizens and communities a greater say and stake

Co-operative Party Campaigns: Food Justice

  • The Co-operative Party’s current campaign focuses on tackling food poverty locally, and creating a more strategic approach to the issue nationally.

Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission

  • The Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission has been established by GMCA to be a driver for the development of co-operative activity across the city-region to achieve the ambition to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world and to be one of the most co-operative places in the UK.  Hear more about its aims, objectives and its call for evidence.

Unleashed: co-operation in Local Government

  • Across the country, hundreds of Labour & Co-operative councillors are working to give local people a voice in  their communities, and a say in how services are run. Find out ideas of how you can work co-operatively in your local area to tackle the challenges we see in our communities. Through the work in Preston to introduce community wealth building, to over 80 councils who have signed the Co-operative Party’s Charter Against Modern Slavery, our ideas are providing practical solutions for local Councillors
Co-operative Party Women’s network
  • This is open to all those self-defining as female.  The topic of discussion will be shared parental leave with Issy Oozeerally, the Co-operative Party
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Mark Hendricks MP
  • Joe Fortune, National Policy and Political Manager, Co-operative Party
  • Cllr Matthew Brown, Preston Council
  • Cllr Freddie Bailey, Preston Council
  • Cllr David Meller, Stockport Borough Council
  • Ed Gommon, Community Energy Liverpool

Registration is £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.


13th Jul
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Cotton Court Business Centre
Church Street
Preston, PR1 3BY United Kingdom

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