The Mayor’s London Green Fund has not found any commercially viable co-operative or community-led projects to invest in, the London Assembly heard this week. The Fund was set up in 2009 with £100m to invest on commercial rates to projects in the capital with a positive impact on the environment. Returns from the loans and […]
The Co-operative Party and Labour Policy Review present the following event: Rebuilding Labour: Turning the Party into a political movement 6pm, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 Committee Room 10, House of Commons, Westminster SW1A 0AA The debate will address the question: How can we transform the Labour Party into a movement of ideas and political action, in order to […]
Yesterday the much heralded Energy Bill received its 2nd reading in Westminster. Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune reports on the debate where Labour and Co-operative Members of Parliament So the Energy Bill finally returned to the House of Commons this week. This complicated piece of legislation is at least clear on one thing – there is little […]
After attending a campaign training session at Summerfest, the National Youth Committee rep for Scotland, Hannah Lister returned home full of ideas and, working closely with Labour and Co-operative MSP Kezia Dugdale, has become a key part of the Debtbusters campaign in Edinburgh. Here she tells us what they’ve been up to. As a full time Labour […]
Lord Kennedy of Southwark led a debate in the House of Lords this week on credit unions. John Hite reports on the latest from the upper house. On the 13th of December, the House of Lords engaged in a debate regarding the successes and future potential of credit unions and mutuals, requested by Labour Co-operative peer […]
Gareth Thomas MP, Chair of the Co-operative Party and Shadow Charities Minister, has joined with the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) in supporting the development of community finance. Here he outlines measures the Chancellor should consider in his Autumn Statement. Ahead of today’s Autumn Statement, I am joining with the CDFA in calling for the […]
Earlier this week, the 32nd Labour & Co-operative Member of Parliament, Steve Reed, took his seat in Parliament. Steve was elected as MP for Croydon North in the by-election last week to replace Malcolm Wicks, a great friend of the co-operative movement who died in September. Steve won a massive 65% of the vote on […]
Ian Murray MP: a dishonest attempt to dress up Beecroft’s proposals as a measure that will increase employee involvement
Shadow BIS Minister Ian Murray MP considers why the Government’s Growth and Infrastructure Bill being introduced into Committee this week is a dishonest assault on employees’ rights dressed up as increasing employee ownership. “There is a lot of employee ownership in our country. But not one of these employers and not one of these plans […]
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.
Today in the Welsh Assembly Vaughan Gething AM launched a report titled 'Rail Cymru: A People's Railway for Wales', authored by Paul Salveson.
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 […]
From Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December, co-operators will gather at Gilsland Spa in Cumbria for the North of England and Scotland Co-operative Party weekend school.