Archive for 'Meg Hillier'
Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune considers yesterday’s Queen’s Speech but sees little good news for co-operatives. Following the local election results, the Coalition Government briefed that they were ready to re-launch their partnership for power. The subsequent Queen’s Speech was to act as the clarion call for the Government’s priorities for the coming legislative term. The fifteen [...]
Last Wednesday, co-operators gathered in Westminster with Labour's Shadow Housing Minister to discuss Labour & Co-operative MP Jonathan Reynolds’ private members bill on co-operative housing tenure, reports Daniel Carey-Dawes.
Whilst the UK’s housing stock only comprises of 0.6% co-operative housing, the European average is 15% with some countries such as Turkey and Norway having as much as 25% of housing being owned and run by co-ops. This country is one of the few that does not recognise co-operative housing in law. That’s why we [...]
Today the Co-op Party meets against a backcloth of rising prices for gas and electricity. As the temperature drops, millions will start to see their energy prices spiral out of their reach. They will face the terrible choice between staying warm and running up debts, and turning off the heating despite plummeting temperatures. Those on [...]
Meg Hillier MP, Shadow Energy & Climate Change Secretary and Chair of the Co-operative Parliamentary Group, gave a speech to BusinessGreen tonight. In her speech, Meg outlined Labour’s commitment to a green economy and green jobs, reducing energy dependence and helping people with rising energy prices. She advocated renewables especially on-shore wind and, above all, [...]
This week the co-operative movement was relieved to see the Treasury announce that it will reverse an earlier decision that would have put community renewable energy schemes at great disadvantage, although Co-operative MPs will keep up the scrutiny. George Osborne’s 2011 Budget had originally set out plans to cut Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), a tax relief, [...]
The Co-operative Party is the second largest opposition party in parliament with 28 MPs. Each of them is, of course, also a Labour MP. As a group we are keen to bring our distinctive and radical policy agenda to help shape the policies of the current government and of the opposition. We have a talented [...]
Tristram Hunt MP, supported by Co-operative Party MPs, last night called an adjournment debate on the future of British Waterways. Tristram used the debate to highlight our policy, backed in Labour’s manifesto, for the organisation to be run along mutual lines with the property to be held in trust to prevent asset stripping. As Tristram [...]
Following yesterday’s excellent news of the announcement of Angela E Smith, the Labour & Co-operative MP for Basildon, as Third Sector Minister, Gordon has been completing the reshuffle. Other Co-operative MPs feature: Ed Balls remains as Secretary of State for Children, Schools & Families. Our chair Gareth Thomas MP returns as International Development Minister and [...]