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Join us in Belfast

as we bring together members and supporters to launch our Co-operative Party manifesto for Northern Ireland, debate the Co-operative Party’s UK policy platform for 2019 and hear more about the latest campaign tackling Food Justice.

This event is open to non-members, so please share with friends, Labour Party and trade union colleagues etc., so please share but you must register in advance to secure a place.

10.00 Registration ( Tea / Coffee )

10.15 Welcome & Introduction

  • with Tony McMullan – Northern Ireland Chair

10.30 Launch of the Co-operative Manifesto for Northern Ireland

  • With Paul Gosling

11.00 Policy Debate – Climate Change , Energy & 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

  • with Jim Lee NEC Member Scotland/Northern Ireland
  • Anna Birley , Co-op Party Policy Officer

11.45 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 Anna Birley , Co-operative Party Policy Officer

12.00 Break out Workshops

12.45 Lunch/ Networking

13.30 Keynote Address – Jim McMahon MP, Chair, Co-operative Party Parliamentary Group

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 this ambition.

14.15 Economics & Rural Ireland in the era leading to Irish Independence

Including British & Irish tensions in Co-operative Dairying 1890 – 1921

  • With Dr Patrick Doyle , Manchester University
  • Professor Tony Webster, Northumbria University

15.00 Co-op Unleashed Northern Ireland

Successful examples of co-operation in practice in Northern Ireland

  • with Sid McDowell, Chair Northern Ireland Co-ownership Housing Association
  • Michael Fenton, Newington Credit Union

15.45 Wrap up & next steps

  • With Tony McMullan – Chair, Co-operative Party Northern Ireland

16.15 – Co-operative Party Women’s Network for Northern Ireland

The topic of discussion will be shared parental leave . This session will take place shortly after the main session closes and is open to all those self-defining as female

  • with Anna Birley – Co-op Party Policy Officer
  • Anna McAleavy, Vice Chair Co-op Party Northern Ireland 
  • Mary Sheen, Executive Committee Co-op Party Northern Ireland 

19.00 Drinks Reception followed by Dinner at the MAC, Belfast.

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  • with After Dinner Speaker – Senator Ged Nash – Irish Labour Party

To register for conference (day-time):


Saturday, 22 June 2019
10:30 am - 4:30 pm


Co-operative Party Events
020 7367 4150


10 Exchange Street West
Belfast, BT1 2NJ United Kingdom

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