- The Co-operative Party were the original champion of ordinary consumers, successfully lobbying for Britain’s first ever Consumer Protection legislation.
- In the last decade Labour and Co-operative MPs were responsible for 4 important pieces of legislation to enhance the position of co-operative and mutual organisations.
- The Co-operative Party was responsible for the most comprehensive review of the legislation and regulations governing the co-operative and mutual sector, providing a level playing field for co-operatives compared with other types of business.
- The Labour and Co-operative MP Ed Balls introduced co-operative trust schools, a new type of educational institution in which everyone with a stake in the school’s success (parents, teachers, support staff, local people and students) have a say. There are now more than 100 co-operative trust schools up and running in communities across the country.
- The Co-operative Party was instrumental in the establishment of Supporters Direct, the national body to give football fans a say in the running of their clubs. Today there are supporters trusts at more than 160 clubs and with more than 120,000 members.
- The Co-operative Party successfully ensured patient, staff and community participation in NHS Foundation Trusts. There are now more than 130 such trusts.