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Andy Hull takes a look at ways that local councils can tackle payday lenders
Last night the government recognised the need to cap the interest rates charged on payday loans, responding to a debate in the House of Lords on a proposed amendment to the Financial Services Bill.
The near-meltdown of the rail franchising process highlights the need to find a better way of delivering rail services.
Andy Sawford, the new Labour & Co-operative MP for Corby, made his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday. Corby and its predecessor seats have an unprecedented co-operative history, with three previous Co-operative MPs since 1918, and Andy paid tribute to that heritage in his speech I am very proud to speak in the Chamber for the […]
The London Assembly last week urged the Mayor to ensure that the Greater London Authority only uses banks with a strong record of lending to small business and a commitment to corporate responsibility. Labour & Co-operative Assembly Member Jennette Arnold describes why the GLA should move its money. The motion, agreed unanimously by London Assembly […]
The Co-operative Energy, the co-operatively owned energy supplier, has announced it will be dropping its electricity prices by 2% just as other suppliers are raising their prices – British Gas increased theirs by 6% on the same day. Consumer-owned Co-operative Energy has shown it can buck the trend and put customers before profit. This price […]
Today’s excellent by-election results mean that there are a record 31 Labour & Co-operative Members of Parliament, as Andy Sawford, Lucy Powell and Stephen Doughty join the Parliamentary Group. Manchester Central was the first of yesterday’s three by-elections to declare its result, bringing the news that Lucy Powell is the new Member of Parliament, a […]
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change Caroline Flint MP introduces the Power Book launched last month by the Co-operative Party, SERA, LGiU and the Shadow DECC team. As a new energy industrial revolution unfolds, future technologies, sources of renewable and low carbon energy and their application offer more scope than ever to […]
Steve Reed, a pioneer of the Co-operative Councils movement, was selected at the weekend by Labour Party members to fight the imminent Croydon North by-election as the Labour & Co-operative candidate. As Leader of Lambeth Council and Deputy Leader of the LGA Labour Group, Steve created the momentum behind Co-operative Councils that has led to […]
Shadow Education Secretary and Co-operative MP Stephen Twigg has outlined to the Observer that co-operatives are at the forefront of his review of childcare policy. The Observer reported yesterday that the cost of childcare is soaring and that working full-time is now ‘hardly worthwhile’ financially. Labour is considering “co-operative childcare”, in which parents could ‘take […]
The Co-operative Party, along with SERA, the Local Government Information Unit and the Shadow DECC team, earlier this month launched ‘The Power Book’, a new pamphlet that looks at the potential of community and co-operatively owned energy. Writing in the introduction to the book, the Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Caroline […]
Last week, during Ed Miliband’s Q&A with members at Labour Party Conference, Co-operative Party NEC member Alex Baker was able to ask about the role of co-operatives. Ed praised the co-op movement and our last manifesto and expressed his regret that Northern Rock had not been re-mutualised. He underlined the importance of co-operative values in […]
Gareth Thomas MP, Chair of the Co-operative Party, made his annual address to Labour Party Conference last week in Manchester. Watch Gareth’s speech here or read it below: Conference, banking and the City have become bywords in the public’s mind for excess and scandal. Former Chief Executive of Barclays Bank, Bob Diamond, is said to […]
Why Osborne's announcement on employee share ownership is a ploy
It was announced over the weekend that Labour MP and former Minister Rt. Hon. Malcolm Wicks has passed away. Malcolm, Member of Parliament for Croydon North since 1992, was a great friend and member of the Co-operative Party. A Malcolm made his mark in his first term in Parliament, steering through the Carers Act as […]