Co-ops are showing what can be done: from local farmers’ markets to community wind farms. We should have faith in the ability of people to come together to address the problems in our society.
- Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party
The credit crunch has shown that there has never been a more important time for the values the Co-operative Party stands for – a strong mutual sector that puts people before profit.
- Chris Leslie MP, Co-operative MP and Shadow Treasury Minister
The efforts of people who drive the Fairtrade and co-operative movements were a crucial part of the international leadership that Britain showed over the last decade on debt relief.
- Mark Lazarowicz MP, Co-operative MP
Whether it’s the global fight against climate change or strengthening our local communities, co-ops provide a model for a better way of organising ourselves and doing business.
- Luciana Berger MP, Co-operative MP & Shadow Climate Change Minister
In the post-banking crisis, post-expenses Britain, people want more power over the public services that they rely on, to ensure that they can influence how those services are delivered.
- Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP
Our Stevenage new town pioneers had to build a community as well as a town, so co-operation is in our blood. I look forward to developing as a Co-operative Council which is even more accountable to local people, where residents take an increasingly active part in designing and running services.
- Cllr Sharon Taylor, Deputy Leader of the LGA Labour Group
The Co-operative Party calls for the creation of a ‘People’s Railway’, owned by and for the people of Scotland
Energy co-operatives can deliver a better deal for consumers – but to take on the big 6, they need greater support.
Comment from the Co-operative Party on speculation in this weekend’s newspapers.