Three of our Co-op members attended their Spring Conference in Hull on Saturday – hosted by the Hull and East Riding Co-op Party
Labour & Co-op MP Tracy Brabin, present Shadow Minister for Education, spoke passionately about the need for a co-operative approach to childcare with parents having more of a say and deplored the loss of so many Child Care centres.
She then took questions alongside Ian Adderley and Emma Hoddinott about policing, devolution and care.
Keith Hunter spoke about his neighbourhood approach to policing; Cllr Daren Hale about what is happening at Hull Council which became a co-op council only two months ago; and Cllr Kevin Rodgers from Doncaster on how they are dealing with the cuts to libraries and other services which their English Democrat Mayor has carried out.
After an excellent lunch (free!) the final panel of the day included Cheryl Barrott who is on the Co-op Party NEC. An inspiring speaker, she talked passionately not only about the party, but also as a social worker, with the need to put people first. She made very clear why the political classes are so unpopular with the people who are at the sharp end of cuts, sanctions, the gig economy, Universal Credit and more. How will we deal with this ?
We also heard from Andy Stankard, President from the Hull and East Yorkshire Credit Union about what his organisation is doing to help people avoid expensive loan sharks and who again looked into the future for a forward co-operative strategy.