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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 is the political arm of the co-operative movement. We have more than 9,000 members.
Our party was established in 1917 and has been a sister party of the Labour Party since 1927.
We believe that people achieve more by working together than they can by working alone. We support the efforts of those who seek success through that co-operative endeavour.
We believe that the only way to create a just and fair society is through power being spread evenly throughout society, and not arbitrarily based on wealth, class, gender or race.
We work to promote co-operatives and all forms of mutual organisation.
We work in partnership with the Labour Party as its sister party to achieve these ends. That means we stand candidates jointly with the Labour Party at all levels of government. There are currently 32 Labour and Co-operative MPs in the House of Commons, 17 Members of the House of Lords, 5 Members of the Scottish Parliament, 9 Members of the Welsh Assembly and hundreds of councillors around the country.
Anna Turley considers the Coalition’s plans to ‘mutualise’ Cleveland Fire Service and asks whether it truly matches up to co-operative principles. When is a Co-op not a Co-op? Answer – when it has no employee engagement, no community support, no democratic accountability and can be sold off to the highest bidder. This is the worrying [...]
The Co-operative Party has submitted written evidence to the Welsh Government’s Co-operatives and Mutuals Commission. Deputy General Secretary Karen Wilkie outlines our case. The Commission posed a number of questions for the movement to respond to – all very pertinent to how the Welsh Government could help co-ops – which it should. What these may [...]
During Fairtrade Fortnight, the Make Food Fair campaign was launched by the Fairtrade Foundation. Smallholder farmers produce the majority of the world’s food, but they also make up half of the world’s hungriest people. Many rely on co-operatives to help them get their food to market. The G8 summit this June takes place in the [...]
Later today, Labour & Co-operative MP Meg Munn will introduce the Co-operative Schools Bill in Parliament under the 10-minute rule. Here she tells us why. This afternoon, I will rise in the Commons to introduce the Co-operative Schools Bill. It is a landmark in the extraordinary story of co-operative education, a movement that has hugely [...]
Over 250 Labour & Co-operative candidates are standing in the May County Council elections this year. Co-operative candidates, many of them existing councillors, are standing in every county council area in England with the exception of Warwickshire. With Ed Miliband launching Labour’s campaign with a speech at the East of England Co-op and the ever-growing interest [...]