Co-Operative Party

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Co-Operative Party

Political party in the United Kingdom committed to supporting and representing co-operative principles add

Category: Politics

Founded in 1917.

Countries: United Kingdom (90%), (7%), Wales (3%)

Main connections: Parliament of the United Kingdom, House of Commons of the United Kingdom, Barrow and Furness (UK Parliament constituency)

Linked to: Labour Party, Conservative Party, Constituency Labour Party, Parliamentary Labour Party

 

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1917

A motion was tabled at the 1917 Congress held in Swansea by the Joint Parliamentary Committee and 104 retail societies, calling for direct representation at national and local government levels add something

 

As a result the "Central Co-operative Parliamentary Representation Committee" was formed in 1917, with the objective of putting co-operators into the House of Commons add something

 

An Emergency Political Conference was held on 18 October 1917 add something


1918

Ten stood in the 1918 general election add something

 

The first was H J May, later Secretary of the International Co-operative Alliance, who was unsuccessful at the 1918 Prestwich by-election add something


1919

In 1919, 151 Co-operative Party councillors were elected at local level add something


1920

The inaugural conference was held in 1920 in Methodist Central Hall Westminster and the first annual conference in Preston in 1924 add something


1923

Six were elected in 1923 and five in 1924 add something


1927

However, since the 1927 Cheltenham Agreement, the party has had an electoral agreement with the Labour Party, which allows for a limited number of Labour Co-operative candidates add something

 

Labour's recovery as a credible party of government during World War II and the formal links and local affiliations brought by the 1927 agreement saw benefits electorally for the Co-operative Party add something


1929

After the formal agreement, nine Labour Co-operative MPs were elected at the 1929 general election, and Alexander was made a cabinet minister add something

 

Fred Perry - His father became the Co-operative Party Member of Parliament for Kettering in 1929


1930

Since the 1930s it has widened its emphasis, using influence gained through strong links with the political and commercial left to spread what it sees as Co-operative ethos and moral principles add something


1931

However, only one was returned at the 1931 election against the backdrop of a massive defeat for Labour add something


1939

Edward Graham, Baron Graham of Edmonton - Graham was educated at the Co-operative College and held several positions in the co-operative movement from 1939, becoming National Secretary for the Co-operative Party


1979

The motion was passed by 1979 votes to 201 add something


1983

By 1983, another nadir for Labour fortunes, only eight Labour Co-operative MPs were elected add something


1990

Until the 1990s, the number of Labour Co-operative candidates was capped at 30 add something


1992

Ilford South (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Ilford South"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1992 by Mike Gapes of the Labour Party and of the Co-operative Party


1997

Liverpool Riverside (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Liverpool Riverside"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Louise Ellman of the of the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party


1999

Helen Eadie - "'Helen Eadie"' is a Scottish Labour Co-operative politician and has represented Dunfermline East in the Scottish Parliament since 1999


2000

Preston (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Preston"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2000 by Mark Hendrick, a member of the Labour Party and of the Co-operative Party


2001

In 2001, only one candidate was defeated: Faye Tinnion, who had stood against the Leader of the Conservative Party, William Hague add something

 

One of these was Gareth Thomas MP, chair of the Co-operative Party since 2001 and of the Co-operative Congress in 2003, who was invited to join the parliamentary group in 2003 add something


2003

The agreement has been amended several times, most recently in 2003, which was made in the name of the Co-operative Party rather than the Co-operative Union add something

 

Gareth Thomas (English politician) - Gareth Thomas is Chair of the Co-operative Party and served as President of the 2003 Co-operative Congress


2005

Hackney South and Shoreditch (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Hackney South and Shoreditch"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Meg Hillier of the Labour Party and of the Co-operative Party

 

Halifax (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Halifax"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Linda Riordan of the Labour Party and Co-operative Party


2006

Following the passing of the Electoral Administration Act 2006, candidates standing under a joint description were unable to use any registered emblem add something

 

The 2006 conference was held in Sheffield in September add something

 

Kerron Cross - In 2006 was elected as Chair of the Herts & Home Counties Co-operative Party


2007

The 2007 conference, marking 90 years, was held at Central Hall, Westminster add something


2008

The general secretary until 2008 was Peter Hunt, in post since 1998, having replaced Peter Clarke add something

 

In June 2008, Michael Stephenson, a former adviser to Tony Blair, was appointed general secretary add something


2010

The 2010 Conference, held in Cardiff featured the Annual General Meeting of the Cooperative Party Ltd, a reception hosted at the Welsh Assembly Building, the Senedd, marking the launch of the Cooperative Manifesto for Wales 2011, a marketplace of Cooperative and associated businesses and concerns stalls add something

 

Barrow and Furness (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Barrow and Furness"' is a constituency in Cumbria represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by John Woodcock of the Labour Party who is a member of the Co-operative Party

 

Liverpool West Derby (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Liverpool, West Derby"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Stephen Twigg of the Labour Party and Co-operative Party

 

Morley and Outwood (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Morley and Outwood"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls of the Labour Party and of the Co-operative Party


2012

In 2012, Karin Christiansen was appointed to take over from Stephenson add something


2013

The law was subsequently updated in 2013 to allow the use of an emblem by candidates standing jointly for two parties add something


2015

This will allow Labour and Co-operative Party candidates to use the registered Labour Party emblem in the United Kingdom general election, 2015 add something

 

VG (shop) - Under new rules introduced in 2015, the annual general meeting voted to continue funding the Co-operative Party by a vote of 48,579 for, to 39,479 against

 

Co-operative Wholesale Society - Under new rules introduced in 2015, the annual general meeting voted to continue funding the Co-operative Party by a vote of 48,579 for, to 39,479 against

 

The current General Secretary is Claire McCarthy, appointed in October 2015 add something


2016

In 2016, the Co-operative Group proposed reducing their funding by a quarter and consider funding other political parties add something


2018

Barrow and Furness (UK Parliament constituency) - The current MP is John Woodcock, an independent since 18 June 2018, formally member of the Labour and Co-operative Parties


2019

Ilford South (UK Parliament constituency) - Gapes was formerly a member of the Labour and Co-operative Party, before resigning his membership on 19 February 2019 to sit as a member of The Independent Group