The Co-operative Party’s roots go back to 1844, when the ‘Rochdale Pioneers’ founded the first modern co-operative, based on principles still in use today.
That first store grew into a movement with millions of members.
During World War I, co-ops faced discrimination from a government dominated by private business. In 1917, the movement set up the Co-operative Party to represent and defend itself, and to promote our values in the wider economy and society.
Since 1927, the Party has had an electoral agreement with Labour Party. This enables us to stand joint candidates in elections, recognising our shared values and maximising our impact.