On Tuesday I attended the Co-operative Party's Summerfest at St Andrews. I am a Labour and Co-operative Party councillor. The Co-operative Party is about promoting solutions which employ co-operative and mutual solutions. In the morning there was a very interesting discussion about co-operative options in local government. There were presentations from Councillor Jack Hopkins from Lambeth Council and Councillor Stephen Curran from Glasgow City Council. I am clear that there is much more that councils could do co-operatively. I am looking at ways in which we can promote co-ops and mutuals through Dundee City Council. The work which Lambeth Council is doing on becoming a co-operative council is very interesting and well worth a look.
In the afternoon Co-op Party General Secretary Michael Stephenson gave an overview of the Co-op Party's position after the election. He highlighted the Feeling's Mutual Campaign for the mutualisation of Northern Rock. The post credit crunch age in which we live is an excellent time for the Co-operative Party. Capitalism has demonstrated that it does not have all the answers and now is an opportune time to try different models.
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