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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 South East of England are invited to take part in this event on Saturday 4 February from 10.30am to 3pm in Gillingham, Medway.

This is your Conference and your chance to meet with Co-op Party members from across the South 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

Pilkington Building, Medway Campus, University of Kent, Gillingham, ME4 4TB

The programme*

A broad outline of the event is as follows:

10:30  Welcome and introduction

10:40  Keynote address:

  • Tan Dhesi MP, Shadow Minister (Transport) and MP for Slough

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

12:00  Co-operative Party Campaigns update, with:

  • Joe Fortune, General Secretary, Co-operative Party
  • Cllr Carmen Appich, Brighton & Hove Council
  • Cllr Alex Paterson, Medway Council

12:45  LUNCH

13.15  Co-operative Party Equality Networks: Get involved, with:

  • Jennifer Hemingway, Equalities Officer, Co-operative Party

13.30 Focus on … the South East, speakers include:

  • Housing: Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP for Brighton & Hove
  • Health and Adult Social Care: Cllr Teresa Murray, Dept Leader of the Medway Labour & Co-op Group
  • Cleaning up our water: Helena Dollimore, Labour & Co-operative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hastings and Rye
  • Community Energy: John Partington, Chair Kent Community Energt

14.15 Delivering a co-operative agenda locally: speakers include:

  • Cllr Shanika Mahendran – Milton Keynes City Council
  • Cllr Natasa Pantellic – Slough Borough Council

15.00 – end-

Following the Conference there will be the opportunity to get out and door-knock for a local Labour & Co-operative candidate.

*Subject to change

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Sat 4th Feb
10:30 am - 3:00 pm


Co-op Party Events


Pilkington Building
Medway Campus
University of Kent, ME4 4TB United Kingdom

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