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There's a transformation taking place 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.

Held in association with the London Co-operative Party, this year's Co-operative Party Local Government Conference, Building Co-operative Communities, is a chance to meet fellow co-operative councillors, hear from inspirational speakers, and take part in workshops to help you take those ideas back to your council.

We are delighted that we are finally getting back together - in person - for this year's Conference taking place in London on Saturday 11 June, at Coin Street Community Builders (108 Stamford St, London SE1 9NH).

The event is open to all new and experienced Councillors, as well as those interested in local government. The conference costs just £10 and includes lunch and networking drinks.

Also taking place on the same day at the same venue will be the London Co-operative Party's conference - if you are a London member and wish to attend, you can find out more information here:  https://party.coop/event/london-coop-conference-2022/

The Format

This is your chance to hear from a series of keynote speakers as they share more on their pioneering work in local government and the government's levelling-up agenda.

The event will be fully participatory and will help you shape your work and campaigns in the year ahead.  You'll also get the opportunity to join in panel discussions and workshops with other Co-op Party councillors and community activists as we spotlight how co-operative solutions across the UK are tackling the biggest issues from inequality, hunger and housing to green jobs and high street regeneration.

Also taking place on the same day at the same venue will be the London Co-operative Party's Conference.  Do indicate on the registration form if you are interested in taking part in any of their sessions.  The registration fee will cover the cost of attending both events.

The Programme

  • Saturday 11 JuneSat 20 Nov
  • Jim McMahon MP, Chair of the Co-operative Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Alex Norris MP , Shadow Levelling-Up Minister and Labour & Co-operative MP for Nottingham North
  • 11:35-12:15
    Levelling Up : what does it mean for our communities?
    • Chair: Emma Hoddinott, Co-op Party Assistant General Secretary
    • Oli Coppard, Mayor of South Yorkshire
    • Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation
    • Alex Norris MP, Shadow Levelling-Up Minister and Labour & Co-operative MP for Nottingham North
    • Cllr Sarah Hall,Warrington Borough Council
    • Cllr Joe Fagan,Leader of South Lanarkshire Council
    Councils for Fair Tax
    • Nora Blascsok, Fair Tax Mark
    • Cllr Marie Tidball, Oxford City Council
    Running a Co-operative Commission
    • Chair: Rosa Bolger, West Oxfordshire District Councillor and NEC Representative for the South East
    • Cllr Rachel Blake, Tower Hamlets Council
  • Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Leader of Hackney Council and Deputy Leader of Labour Local Government Assoication
  • 14:15-15:00
    Our Vision for London : How co-operative ideas can build our communities?
    • Chair: Ria Bernard, Secretary, London Co-operative Party
    • Cllr Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
    • Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz, Mayor of Newham
    • Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor of London (Policing & Crime)
    Campaigning for our High Streets
    • James Butler, Co-op Party Campaigns Officer
    • Nick Plumb, Power to Change
    • Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council
    An introduction to Community Energy
    • Nadia Smith, South East London Community Energy Co-op
    • Duncan Law, Community Energy England
    • Chair: Richard McCready, Co-op Party Scottish Parliamentary Officer & Director, Renewable Energy Society
    Co-op Councils Innovation Network: Being a Co-operative Council
    • Steve Reed MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Honorary President CCIN
    • Cllr Denise Scott Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member Health & Adult Social Care, Greenwich 
    • Chair: Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE CC, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council
    Drinks on the Terrace
  • Ian Adderley, Secretary, London Co-operative Party
  • Joe Fortune, General Secretary, Co-operative Party
  • All times are subject to change.


    Please enter your details on this registration form to confirm your attendance: