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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 including incoming General Secretary Joe Fortune and  Sir Mark Hendrick MP (MP for Preston). Scroll to the bottom of the page to register.  

Sessions and confirmed speakers are listed below:

Welcome and keynote address: Co-ops Unleashed and the Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission

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 as well as the call for evidence for the Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission.

  • with Joe Fortune, designate General Secretary, Co-operative Party

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-cooperatively than we can alone.

  • With: Anne Chapman, Morecambe Bay Community Renewables and Green House Think Tank
  • Mark Luntley, director Energy4all; Chair Westmore Wind & Westmore Solar; UK representative on the European Federation of Renewable Energy Co—ops and board member Community Energy England

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.

  • With Frances Jones, CLES
  • Cllr David Meller, Stockport Borough Council
  • Cllr Cynthia Dereli, West Lancashire Borough Council
  • Cllr Jim King, Salford Credit Union

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.

  • With Robbie Davison, Can Cook
  • Kay Johnson, The Larder

The Preston Model

Hear more about Preston’s has successfully implemented its Community Wealth Building program and how it is being modeled across the UK.

  • With Cllr Matthew Brown, Leader Preston City Council
  • Cllr Freddie Bailey, Cabinet Member for Community Wealth Building

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

  • with Joe Fortune, designate General Secretary, Co-operative Party
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

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.


Saturday, 13 July 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


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

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