Common decency conference

Many Kent members attended the Co-op Party’s Common decency day conference on 9 March.

Members from Ashford, Gravesend and Dartford are pictured highlighting the Party’s call for food justice.

Also at the conference was Simon Digby from the Dover, Deal & Thanet Co-op Party branch. Simon commented “it was a very interesting conference. It was good to be able to take part in shaping future Co-op Party policies”.

Branch AGMs

Our branches are holding their Annual General Meetings in advance of our Party Council AGM.

The Dover & Deal branch kicked things off in January. This weekend the Canterbury & Swale branch met with the Co-op Party’s Policy Officer Anna Birley as guest speaker.

Members left with a positive message about community wealth building.


Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

This year campaigners are calling for a living income growers and producers in the developing world. The Fairtrade Foundation points out that £1.86 is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty.

For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men. 

Co-op Party members will be taking part in events across Kent to highlight the issues, raise funds and enjoy fantastic Fairtrade products.

Thank you Fairtrade for fighting for us. Fairtrade Farmer Quote

Action in Kent

The Party’s campaign against modern slavery is getting traction in Kent.

Co-op Party member Cllr Alan Baldock tweeted this: Very Very pleased – tonight CCC P&R Committee took on changes to a new anti-slavery policy matching it to the @CoopParty Charter Against Modern Day Slavery – Hope CCC will now proudly sign the Charter joining dozens of UK Councils @Labour4C

Canterbury branch news

The Canterbury branch had a successful and well attended meeting today, pictured below.

Members made plans for a street stall to highlight the Co-op Party’s campaign against modern slavery. Details can be found on the Co-op Party’s website at and on the Facebook feed (on the right of this page).

Summer 2018

The summer months have been spent planning our all member meeting planned for 1 September.

The Dover & Deal branch held a successful Strwaberry Tea on 21 July and the Dartford branch had a stall at the Dartford Festival, picture below.

Party Council AGM

The Kent Party Council held its Annual General Meeting at the weekend in Sittingbourne with a few changes to the Executive Committee.

Doreen Wise brought along the award she and her husband David were jointly  presented to recognise their contribution to the Party.

Pictured are Doreen and the Chair of the Kent Party, Jeanette Timmins.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

Fairtrade Fortnight runs until 11 March. Our Co-op Party members have been busy supporting the campaign and events across Kent, with the Dartford branch collecting signatures for a petition and the Dover & Deal branch donating Fairtrade footballs to schools.