I was delighted to speak at the Co-operative businesses Ways Forward 6: Co-operative Solidarity Conference.
The next Labour Government needs to not only encourage new co-operatives but also to make it easier for existing co-operatives to grow.
Cooperatives embody an often forgotten truth about the world. Wealth is created collectively not by some small minority group like boards of directors or shareholders.
We know that resources of our world are created collectively. That is why we need to broaden ownership and control.
We need new and more democratic forms of ownership, and discussing the way forward with the co-operative business sector at conference like those today, helps Labour reflect on the collective nature of our endeavours and our society, and increase co-operative solidarity.