I was delighted to be asked to close the North West Co-operative Party Regional Conference in Liverpool on 18th February. The theme of the regional conferences is ‘From Crisis to Co-operation’. With the UK being in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, we need an economy which puts fairness, democracy, and equity at its heart.
The one-day conference included Party campaign updates and panel discussions on topics such as food justice and community development. This was followed by workshops on the Co-operative Party General Election Manifesto, the equality network and a focus on energy in the North West.
I was asked to speak about delivering a co-operative agenda locally and nationally and was able to update conference attendees on my Private Members' Bill which seeks to protect co-operatives from demutualisation. I was joined on the final panel of the day by Arooj Shah, former leader of Oldham Council, Cllr James Roberts, Liverpool City Council and Ashley Dalton, our newest North West MP for West Lancashire.