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For the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Co-operative Party is returning to your region in one of a series of in-person Conferences being held across all regions and nations of the UK.  Members and supporters from across the North East of England are invited to take part in this event in Sunderland on Saturday 28 January from 10.30am to 3pm.

This is your Conference and your chance to meet with Co-op Party members from across the North East to discuss, debate and take part in workshops as we examine the theme ‘From Crisis to Co-operation’ by identifying the local co-operative initiatives that really do make a difference to communities in the midst of a cost of living crisis.

As well as hearing examples of best practice from invited guest speakers – we want to hear from you, our members – on how we can widen ownership in our economy and give people the tools and support to tackle the big issues from inequality, hunger and energy provision to green jobs and high street regeneration.

The venue

Sunderland – Hope Street XChange, SR3QD

The programme*

The full programme including all the speakers are being finalised.  A broad outline of the event is as follows:

10:30  Welcome address and introduction – Kim McGuinessNorthumbria Police & Crime Commissioner

10:40  Keynote address – Alex Norris MP, Labour & Co-operative Shadow Minister for Levelling Up

11:00  Policy workshop: Co-operative Party General Election Manifesto development

12:00  Co-operative Party Campaigns update, speakers include:

  • James Butler, Campaign Officer, the Co-operative Party
  • Cllr Graeme Miller – Leader Sunderland Council 

12:45  LUNCH

13.15  Co-operative Party Equality Networks: Get involved

  • Jennifer HemingwayEqualities Officer, Co-operative Party

13.30 Focus on … the North East & Cumbria:

  • Tackling violence against women: Joy Allen – Durham Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Co-op Councils Innovation Network: Cllr Clare Gamble Chair Billingham Town Council & Member of CCIN Executive Oversight Committee 
  • Community Energy: speaker tbc

14.15 Delivering a co-operative agenda locally, with:

  • Cllr Barbara Cannon – Portfolio holder for Finance and Assets, Cumberland Council
  • Cllr Paul Stewart – Cabinet Secretary & Vice Chair Port Board, Sunderland Council

15.00 – end-

Following the Conference there will be the opportunity to get out and door-knock for our local Labour & Co-operative candidate Etthesham Haque who is standing in Barnes, a marginal ward, to help him overturn a slender tory lead.

Register here:

This event is open to members and supporters of the Co-operative Party.

*Subject to change


Sat 28th Jan
10:30 am - 3:00 pm


Co-op Party Events


Hope Street Xchange
Hope St
Sunderland, SR1 3QD United Kingdom