This really a politics question, but is kind of related.
I have recently set up a current account with the Co-operative bank (britannia) as it will give me one of the best student accounts around when i go to uni in september, and was giving a form to join the co-operative group which gives you a shre of theprofits twice a year.
The reason I am asking is, that I want to know is the co-operative group have anyhting to do with the co-operative party, as I am a member of the Conservative Party, and wouldnt want to join a party with totally opposite views by mistake
(Original post by Wikipedia page on The Co-operative Group)
The Co-operative Group, as the largest retail business in the UK Cooperative movement, is the biggest affiliate supporter of the Co-operative Party, which fields candidates in UK national, regional and local elections on joint tickets with the Labour Party, its sister party. In addition to core aims of furthering cooperative values and mutualism in Parliament and on the national stage cooperative party members, activists and representatives (MPs, MSPs, AMs and councillors) campaign on wider social issues, including "The Feelings Mutual" campaign. The Co-operative Group facilitates, takes part in or owns services provided for other UK Consumer Cooperative Societies, supports community concerns and projects and runs ethical and social campaigns and advertising and events which correspond to the interests and values of the democratic society and the wider community.
(Original post by Elwyn)
So you'd rather lose out on a better student account deal just because in some convoluted way you'd be supporting labour?
No not that, i am asking about the group,as in membership scheme, not the bank as that is with britannia, not the co-op but as they are in the same group you can join the mebership scheme for the co-op