The East Sussex Branch proudly welcomed General Secretary Claire McCarthy back to her home town at our meeting on 11th February.
Claire spoke to a well-attended meeting about Co-op campaigns, and how we can support these going forward. There were questions and discussions on a range of issues- including co-operative solutions as part of bringing rail back into public ownership; what the future is for co-operation in schools, and how our relationship should develop with the Co-operative Bank and other mutual businesses.
Claire spoke of the need not just to maintain our strength in Parliament and the devolved governments, but also to build the numbers of Co-operative local councillors in authorities up and down the country.
The Branch is proud to be supporting the prospective candidacies of several co-operators in the forthcoming East Sussex elections. The branch also endorsed Andrew Pakes for the Co-operative Party NEC and Dave Brinson for the National Disciplinary Committee.
Most members were able to stay for an excellent lunch from Ellie at the RAFA.