Co-operative party

No nostalgia

Claire McCarthy  |  2 October 2017

The Co-operative party’s centenary is an opportunity to express a mutual alternative to Britain’s perennial work and social care problems, writes Claire McCarthy When any organisation marks a significant milestone, like a centenary, the temptation is to spend a lot of time in nostalgia mode. The Co-operative party is not immune to this as we approach the anniversary of our founding 100 years ago this October. At its …

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By us, for us

Nick Crofts  |  15 November 2016

Co-operators are leading a local revolution I am a proud Labour and Co-operative councillor. Across the country, councillors and council candidates stand for election under a joint banner because we are determined that local government can and does benefit from our co-operative values and principles as well as the practical solutions that our movement and party offer. This …

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Be co-operative now

Jonathan Reynolds MP  |  22 April 2016

Last year thousands of people – including many of you – rallied around to support the continuation of the link between the Co-operative party and Britain’s largest co-op, the Co-operative Group. In the next few weeks, members of the Co-operative Group have the opportunity to ensure that the co-operative movement’s political arm can continue to champion …

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The forgotten middle

Philip Ross  |  28 July 2015

They have been called the ‘forgotten middle’. They are the self-employed and in particular those on lower incomes, often called ‘precariat’ workers. They need to come together to gain recognition of their both status and their contribution. If they can gain recognition, even informally within their own ranks, then they organise. If they can organise …

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Recovery begins by Keeping it Co-op

Karin Christiansen  |  12 May 2015

Members of the Co-operative group will vote this week on whether to break the historic link between the group and the Co-operative party. Breaking this link risks emasculating the co-operative movement and would be the second loss for progressive politics in as many weeks. The Co-op group’s recent troubles are not exactly a secret and …

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Full steam ahead for co-operative values

Karin Christiansen  |  29 July 2014

Last December, in the middle of a bout of extreme weather that ironically saw the suspension of all rail services in Scotland, a dedicated group of Co-operative party members and transport experts met in a room in the Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh for the launch of ‘ScotRail – a people’s railway for Scotland’. The pamphlet …

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Condition of Britain: the co-op movement’s experience

Karin Christiansen  |  25 June 2014

The introduction to IPPR’s Condition of Britain report is incredibly clear about what the objective of the next Labour government ought to be: redistribution of power as well as wealth. Calling for a ‘a wider dispersion of power and responsibility across society’, the report recognises that far too many of Britain’s social problems stem not …

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Defend the link

The Progressive  |  10 April 2014

The Tories, banks and Daily Mail want the cooperative movement to founder because they fear its power Robert Owen would be bitterly disappointed, but certainly not surprised, at the current travails of the Co-operative Bank. He was used to seeing his grand vision of human cooperation turn to dust. In 1824, flushed with the success …

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Challenging the Co-op’s boycott policy

Luke Akehurst  |  19 February 2014

Following the scandal that hit the Co-operative Bank last year, the Co-op Group, the UK’s largest mutual enterprise, has changed its senior management. The new management have initiated a large-scale listening exercise, asking people ‘for their views on the future of the Group and the big issues facing communities across the UK’. Organised through YouGov, …

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Stronger together

Greg Rosen  |  5 July 2012

A bold future beckons for the Cooperative party in alliance with Labour The Cooperative party, whose new general secretary will be announced imminently, faces an unparallelled opportunity. In electoral alliance with Labour for 85 years of its 95-year existence, too often the Cooperative party has hidden its light under the proverbial bushel. The habit formed during the …

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