Co-operative Party

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The Co-operative Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom supporting co-operative values and principles. Established in 1917, the Co-operative Party was founded by co-operative societies to campaign politically for the fairer treatment of co-operative enterprise and to elect 'co-operators' to Parliament. The party's roots lie in the Parliamentary Committee of the Co-operative Union established in 1881.

Labour Co-op

Since 1927, the Co-operative Party has had an electoral pact with the Labour Party, with both parties agreeing not to stand candidates against each other. Instead, candidates selected by members of both parties contest elections using the description of Labour and Co-operative Party.[1] The Co-operative Party is a legally separate entity from the Labour Party, and is registered as a political party with the Electoral Commission.[2]


Co-operative Party members are not permitted to be members of any other political party in the UK apart from the Labour Party or Northern Ireland's Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

In keeping with its co-operative values and principles, the Co-operative Party does not have a leader. Instead Anna Turley serves as Chair of the National Executive Committee, Joe Fortune as General Secretary, and Jim McMahon as Chair of the Co-operative Party Group of Parliamentarians.

In Parliament

The Co-operative Party is arguably the fourth-largest party in the House of Commons with 26 Labour Co-op Members of Parliament, although as all of its MPs sit in the Parliamentary Labour Party, this distinction is seldom made. It also has representatives in the House of Lords, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, the London Assembly and local government.

The 26 Labour Co-op MPs elected at the December 2019 General Election are:[3]


Employee on Wikispooks

Anna TurleyChairwoman8 June 2019


Party Members

Jon Ashworth14 October 1978Jonathan Ashworth confided in a Tory friend that Labour wasn't going to win the UK/2019 General Election. Keir Starmer kept him in his position.
Ed Balls25 February 1967UK politician. 7 Bilderbergs
Jo BirdLiverpool councillor who was expelled from the Labour Party becomes Green Party candidate
Stella Creasy5 April 1977British Labour Co-operative politician
Anneliese Dodds16 March 1978Chair of the UK Labour Party since 2021. Named a "reliable ally" of George Soros.
Kezia Dugdale28 August 1981
Robert Evans23 October 1956MEP, TLC
Meg Hillier14 February 1969British Labour and Co-operative politician
Kim Leadbeater
Sarah-Jane McDonough
Jim McMahon7 July 1980
Kate Osamor15 August 1968
Alex Sobel26 April 1975
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