CO-OPERATIVES UK Chief Executive Pauline Green has urged members of the fledgling Conservative Co-operative Movement to join the mainstream UK Movement, rather than attempt to set up something new.
Dame Pauline spoke out as the CCM organised it's first event – a book launch to promote a new guide, Nuts and Bolts: How to Set Up a Food Co-op, written by self-styled "recovering lawyer" Amy Coyle.
Speakers at the London event included James Money-Kyrle of the Plunkett Foundation and the Village Retail Services Association and Jesse Norman, chairman of the CCM and Tory PPC for Hereford.
But Dame Pauline told Co-op News that the co-operative way of doing business is non-partisan and insisted there was no need for the proposed new organisation.
She said: "For 160 years, co-operative members in the UK have known that the co-operative business model is a fantastic third way between for-profit companies and state-owned business.
"Co-operators believe that, by working together, people can achieve so much more from their endeavours and I would welcome those in the Conservative Party who have so recently discovered our model of business into membership of Co-operatives UK."
*Further coverage in the next Co-op News available from Tuesday.