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Join us in Newcastle

at our 4th annual Local Government Conference on Saturday 8 June for masterclasses, discussions, ‘spotlight’ sessions and keynotes across a wide range of subjects.

10.00am Registration commences

10:30am Welcome and keynote address

  • Nick Forbes – Leader of Newcastle and the LGA Labour Group
  • Claire McCarthy, General Secretary, the Co-operative Party
  • Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

11:00am: Unleashing Community Power

  • Cllr Angeliki Stogia – Greater Manchester Co-op Commission
  • Paul Monaghan – Fair Tax Mark
  • Cormac Hollingsworth– Hope Not Hate 
  • Sophie Macken– Power to Change

11:40am: Masterclasses

  • Newly Elected! How to unleash power across your community with Andrew Gwynne MP and Emma Hoddinott, Co-op Party Local Government Officer
  • Community organising for Food Justice with Pam Warhurst – Founder of Incredible Edible 
  • Tackling the climate emergency: What co-operators and their communities can do with Cllr Tom Hayes and Anna Birley, Co-op Party Policy Officer
12.45pm Lunch and networking

1:30pm Tacking crime – a community approach

  • Scott Walker, East of England Society Community Safety Project
  • Cllr Caroline Selman, Hackney
  • Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales
  • Cllr Joy Allen, Durham County Council
2.15pm Coffee Break

2:30pm An education for every child

  • Anna Turley MP
  • Frank Norris, Director of the Co-op Academies Trust
  • Jack Hunter IPPR North
  • Sharon Hodgson MP
  • Cllr Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council

3:30pm Co-operative Devolution

  • Janine Docherty, NEC member for the North East
  • Jamie Driscoll,  North of Tyne Mayor
  • Jim McMahon MP

16:00 Conference Close

4:00pm Close

4:00pm ‘Be A Young Councillor’ networking session with Co-Op Party Youth Network

4.00pm onwards: North East & Cumbria Co-operative Party Social in Bonbar, at the Assembly Rooms (ground floor)

Marketplace includes:

  • Co-operative Councils Innovation Network
  • SERA
  • Fairtax Mark
  • Co-operative College
  • Code-operative
  • Moneywise Credit Union
  • Mental Health North East
  • Firesouls
  • Gateshead Credit Union
  • Co-operative & Mutual Solutions

Registration is £10 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.


Register for the Conference


Saturday, 8 June 2019
10:30 am - 4:00 pm


The Assembly Rooms
Fenkle St
Newcastle, NE1 5XU United Kingdom

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