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South East Regional Co-operative Party Conference

In 2021, due to the restrictions imposed following the Covid-19 pandemic, the Co-operative Party is holding a series of virtual regional Conferences across all areas of the UK.  Members and supporters from across the South East of England and are invited to take part in this virtual event on Saturday 23 January from 9.30am to 1.15pm.

The draft programme outline includes:

9.30 – 11.30 Session 1: Party Policy livestreamed on Co-operative Party conference webpage

  • Stella Creasy MP: keynote speaker address
  • Equalities update, Chantal Lee, Co-operative Party Equalities Officer
  • Introduction to your new local organiser, Matt Partridge
  • Social Care Policy panel debate followed by facilitated Q&A with
    • Anna Birley, Co-operative Party Policy Officer (chair)
    • Tony Carr, Managing Director, Leading Lives
    • Aaron Gain, University of Sussex
    • Cllr Helen Dennis: Southwark (invited)
  • Reinvigorating Our High Streets Policy panel debate followed by facilitated Q&A
    • Anna Birley, Co-operative Party Policy Officer (chair)
    • Evie Copland, chair Midsteeple Quarter
    • Matt Plumb, Power to Change

11.45 – 1.15 Session 2: Our Region held on Zoom

  • Introduction and welcome
    • Rosa Bolger, NEC regional representative and session chair
  • Campaigning: hear more on Co-operative Party campaigns on #FoodJustice and Loveit,List, with:
    • James Butler, Co-operative Party Campaigns Officer,
    • Sarah McCarthy-Fry, NMC member the Co-operative Group
    • Cllr Alex Patterson, Medway Council  (invited)
  • Spotlight on Elections across our region, followed by Q&A with:
    • Cllr Lola Oyewusi – candidate for Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and Sittingbourne South KCC Candidate,councillor candidate
    • Howard Kaye – candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner
    • Tony Bunday – candidate for Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner
    • Cllr Naushabah Khan – Medway Council
  • Getting elected & 12-ideas for your manifestos
    • Emma Hoddinott,Co-operative Party Local Government Officer
  • Summary of session, thank you and round up and event close
    • Rosa Bolger

Register your interest in attending here:



23rd Jan
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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