Dr Chris Jones
Labour & Co-op
Promoted by Alan Pawsey on behalf of Chris Jones; both at St Mark's Church Hall, Hall Rd, Norwich, NR1 3HL
Most people will be familiar with the Labour party, but people often ask what the "and Co-op" signifies.
The Co-operative party is a separate political party with its roots in the co-operative movement which started towards the end of the 19th century. It has always had close links, and a lot of shared ideals, with the Labour party but has retained a distinct identity. Many people are members of both parties, and although the Co-op party doesn't field its own candidates, at each election it endorses a limited number of candidates jointly with the Labour party. Currently 25 Labour MPs have been elected on a Labour and Co-op manifesto.
The Co-op party stands for principles of mutual endeavour, of co-operation and of direct involvement of employees and consumers in businesses. Across the country 6,000 co-operatives with nearly 13 million members contribute £33 billion to the economy. Co-operatives include housing associations, credit unions, fan-owned football clubs, community pubs and schools, as well as the familiar Co-op Bank and Co-op stores.
I firmly believe that co-operation is more powerful than competition, and that we are all stronger when we work together than when we try to stand alone. Policing is a clear example of the community as a whole co-operating for the benefit of us all, and initiatives like Neighbourhood Watch, SpeedWatch, and restorative justice continue that tradition.
I am proud to be standing as a joint Labour and Co-op candidate and if elected I would strive to find ways of engaging communities directly in decisions about their local Police Service