Conference brings together hundreds of members and supporters from across the UK to debate policy, hear from speakers in the co-operative and labour movements, and help shape our work and campaigns in the year ahead.
This year's theme is Building a Fairer Future and we will be focusing on some of the big challenges our economy and communities face.
There will be a particular spotlight on climate change and community power, as well as showcasing some of the best co-operative solutions that can be expanded and supported to build the fairer future we so desperately need.
Keynote speakers include the Rt Hon Keir Starmer KCB QC MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and Richard Leonard MSP, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party (both on Saturday). On Sunday we will hear from Christina McAnea, Assistant General Secretary UNISON.
Registration for Conference is now open and costs just £30.
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The deadline to make a reponse to the process has now closed and the final updated documents will be available shortly and debated by delegates at Conference.
In the meantime you can find out more about the consultation here.
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.
We’ll be discussing submissions made by members and local parties to this year’s policy consultation on "Climate Change, Energy and the Environment" and "Community, Place and Power".
Hear more about the work of our elected representatives across the UK, with an elected representatives (MPs, MSPs and AMs) Q&A and reports from Scotland, Westminster and Wales.
Meet and network with like-minded co-operators at Conference’s Friday night Welcome Reception and Saturday night Party and Awards ceremony (with special guest speaker and live band). Get involved in the Party’s diversity networks (Women, LGBT+, BAME and Disability) who are also holding workshops and socials.
The Conference marketplace will bring together organisations from across the co‑operative movement, from local community co‑ops to national bodies.
This year's Conference takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central, Cambridge Street, Glasgow G2 3HN.
The Conference venue is situated right in the centre of Glasgow, and a ten minute walk from Glasgow Central Station.
Delegates and attendees are encouraged to use public transport where possible
If you are attending Conference as a delegate from a co-operative party council, co-operative society or trade union, then your accommodation will have been booked by your organisation.
If you are attending as a visitor, accommodation is available at the DoubleTree and there are a variety of other options nearby to suits all budgets.
From Glasgow Central train station: There is regular service bus service between the hotel and the station. Take buses no: 3 or 4 and get off at the Sausiehall St stop. The hotel is a 5 minute walk.
From Glasgow Airport: Take the 'Glasgow Airport Express' which leaves from directly outside the airport terminal. This takes approximately 30 minutes. A return ticket is £14. Get off at city centre stop 5, Buchanan Street Bus station. The hotel is a 5-minute walk.
Parking: there is a Glasgow City Council car parking adjacent to the hotel. Standard rates apply.
We're just finalising the list of sessions, speakers, fringes and social events for Conference, but you can find the timelines below. Please note all conference literature will be published online only. No printed material will be provided. Those attending Conference will receive an email link to the Conference Hub shortly.
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.
Sitting councillors, MPs, MSPs and AMs
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For Party members or non-members aged 30 or under
Party members delegated by local party
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Information for Officers
Click here to read the latest briefing for Party Officers, including information about delegates, CAC nominations and organisational motions.
Get in touch
If you have any other questions about Conference or don't want to buy your ticket online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7367 4150.