Category Archives: Co-operatives


The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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Fair Trade Breakfast

        As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’.  However ironically the people that we depend on the most to provide us with … Continue reading

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Celebrating the New Lanark inspired trilogy

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with author C.A Hope to accept her New Lanark Trilogy on behalf of the Co-operative Party. This Trilogy is a dramatic, portrayal of social reformer Robert Owen and workers at New Lanark Mill. … Continue reading

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The Scottish Co-operative Party

The Scottish Co-operative Party recently released a video explaining the ethos of the co-operative movement. As one of the five Labour Co-operative Members of Scottish Parliament, I was pleased to contribute to it. The Scottish Co-operative Party promotes co-operative endeavours … Continue reading

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Labour Party Manifesto 2015

This week the Labour Party published its 2015 Manifesto, embedded with the Labour idea that Britain only succeeds when working families succeed. The Manifesto is ambitious yet responsible. After five years of broken Tory promises, Labour has set out an … Continue reading

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Successful launch for Carluke Food Co-op

The Kirkstyles Baptist Church opened its doors to celebrate the launch of the Carluke Food Co-op this week. Food co-ops exist to supply fresh produce at affordable prices.  They are run by local communities on a not for profit basis … Continue reading

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Supporting International Credit Union Day

The Association of British Credit Unions (ABCUL) in Scotland was in Parliament this month to promote International Credit Union Day. Credit unions offer many of the same services as high street banks, offering a range of savings, loans and mortgage … Continue reading

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Spirit of Lanarkshire – Energy Cooperative

Last month I was in Coalburn for an event to update residents on the Spirit of Lanarkshire Wind Energy Cooperative. The cooperative is encouraging local people and organisations to invest in a community share of Nutberry Wind Farm and another … Continue reading

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The Future of Rail

At the recent Cooperative Party Conference I was asked to chair a discussion on the future of rail looking at different models of ownership. The fringe event was organised by SERA, the Labour Party environment campaign, and built on the … Continue reading

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Payday Loans referred to competition commission

I recently received notification from the Office of Fair Trading that they have referred the market for payday lending to the Competition Commission. The move follows concerns about the way that competition works within the sector and in particular the … Continue reading

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