Conservative Co-operative Movement

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The Conservative Co-operative Movement promotes co-operative ideals within the Conservative Party and the United Kingdom.


The Conservative Co-operative Movement was founded in 2007 by Conservative activist Jesse Norman. The organisation aims to help people set up their own co-ops to tackle social problems and improve local areas.[1] Its immediate impact on Conservative Party policy embedded his vision through which communities could own and run some of their own public services.[2]


According to its website, the Movement will promote "alternative models of capitalism".[3] Weblog author Guido Fawkes, criticised the objection to the movement by Labour Party politicians saying "The truth is co-ops are compatible with free enterprise, they can compete with profit-driven businesses and are a very welcome component of an enterprise culture." and "Some of the swankiest property in New York is owned by billionaire members of co-ops. They do this because they are smart and don’t want a third party to profit at their expense. Co-ops have nothing to do with top-down state socialism."[4]


  1. ^ Co-op scheme to improve communities. The Forester, 4 March 2010, p.15
  2. ^ Silence is anything but golden for the man who would rule. The Herald, 8 May 2009
  3. ^ "Conservative Co-operative movement: About us". Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Guide Fawkes's Blog

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