Exterior of the Scottish Parliament Building. Taken at around 2pm on New Year’s Day 2013. A city full of historic architecture and that has UNESCO World heritage status that contrasts with this post modern example of architecture by Enric Miralles who died before the building was completed in around 2004.The jutting shapes are ‘think pods’ for Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to spend time in to reflect.

Co-operatives offer the opportunity to build a better world.

As a Co-operative Party MSP and the Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Co-operatives in the Scottish Parliament, I was pleased to submit a motion to the Scottish Parliament highlighting these events and the wider benefits co-operatives can bring to our society.

Worker-owned taxi co-op set to ‘Drive’ change in Cardiff

A new Cardiff taxi company with a difference – “Drive - Cardiff Taxis Co-operative” - is making headlines across the UK. This is not just another taxi company. The nine drivers who have come together to set up Drive as a worker-owned cooperative are shaking up the way taxi companies operate.

Transforming Rochdale by building community wealth the co-operative way

In Rochdale, anchor institutions are coming together to build community wealth and grow their local co-operative economy. This case study explores how their initiative, Rochdale Stronger Together, is creating the jobs that people want, the services that they need, communities where people want to live and opportunities for young people to aspire and achieve.

There is also a Spring Statement today…

Our economy needs a radical overhaul to shake us out of stalled growth and our Brexit malaise - but today's Spring Statement looks unlikely to propose anything that will genuinely tackle low wages and poor productivity.

Doubling the size of the co‑operative sector in our countryside

In this week's committee debate on the Government's Agriculture Bill, I argued that more co-operatives would deliver a fairer and more resilient sector which works for farmers. Our proposed amendment would provide agricultural co-operatives with the funding, support and protection they need to thrive.

Does size matter?

On top of the advantages of the co-operative model itself, it's clear that a significantly larger co-operative sector can 'ripple out', helping to transform the economy as a whole.