Welsh Assembly Cross Party Group

The Cross Party Group on Co-operatives and Mutuals was an initiative I started whilst Chair of Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales.

Cross Party Groups (CPGs) are a politically neutral space in our system of government, that enable politicians, public servants, interest groups and the public, to have a discourse without fear of any accusations of political bias being directed at the public servants.

The CPG met some initial reticence from members of the Co-operative Party, largely because the Assembly already had an active and influential Co-op Party Group, so the CPG was initially Chaired by a Conservative AM, David Melding, who was and remains a strong supporter of the co-operative movement. Both Groups remain active, and fulfil their separate roles.


I have documented all the meetings from 2009 to 2015, until I handed the Secretariat role to the Wales Co-operative Centre.
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Welsh Assembly CPG on Co-ops – The Story 2009-2015