Centenary event – Dartford

An event to mark the Co-op Party’s centenary took place in Dartford this week.

The Dartford & District Centenary Gala Dinner at the Dartford Golf Club saw well over 50 members, guests and friends of the Co-operative Party come together. The Party’s General Secretary Claire McCarthy and Kent’s David Wise, a past National Secretary, gave speeches on the past , present and future of our party.

Ideas for change

The Co-op Party’s centenary conference debated new ideas to change Britain. Policy sessions were held on Housing and Education.

The conference had contributions from Lab/ Co-op MPs, AMs and MSPs. The keynote speaker was the Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn MP.

Jeremy Corbyn and Gareth Thomas MP.

March on Parliament

Tracing the footsteps of the first Co-op Party members conference delegates to the Centenary conference marched on Parliament from Central Hall behind the Party’s new banner.

Centenary Conference

The Co-op Party held it’s Centenary conference in London on the weekend of 13-15 October 2017.

The opening session was held at the Central Hall in Westminster, the same venue that hosted the Party’s first conference in 1917.

A packed meeting agreed the annual report. In the awards section Cllr Laura Price won the Tim Pearce award and Kent members David and Doreen Wise were recognised for their service to the Party.

Eve of Conference

It’s been a busy year with the County Council elections and then the snap General.

We have been gearing up for events to celebrate the Party’s 100th anniversary and going about our usual business, meetings and socials.

Here are members wracking their brains during a recent Quiz Night in Dover.

The Party’s Centenary Conference begins tomorrow, Friday 13 October.

Kent Miners Festival 2017

There was fine weather and a great turnout at the Kent Miners Festival, this year held near to the village of Betteshanger.

The Kent Co-op Party has supported the end in previous years holding an information stall. Pictured on this year’s stall is Eileen Rowbotham and Jeanette Timmins.

Co-op Party Centenary

The Co-op Party is 100 years old this year.

In 1917, the movement set up the Co-operative Party to represent and defend itself, and to promote our values in the wider economy and society.