Only one proper history of the Co-operative Party has previously been written - and that was in the late 1960s. This new book brings the story up-to-date, with a foreword by Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP.
When I first joined the Co-operative Party, I was aware of its proud history. i shared its conviction that social justice can best be achieved through co-operative action.
Throughout our history as a nation, the co-operative movement has not only provided services on which ordinary people rely, but has strengthened the very community bonds from which we flourish. Today the Co-operative Party's commitments in an interdependent world make its work more relevant than ever.
The Co-operative Party stands for social responsibility, for global decency and for people having a say in the running of their communities.
These are the values that I share. I wish the Co-operative Party well in its 90th year and I look forward to working closely with it in the future.
Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown MP
From the Foreword by Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP
Greg Rosen is a political columnist for 'the Scotsman', Vice-Chair of the Fabian Society and Chair of the Labour History Group. He has worked as a civil servant and for the UK's largest trade union. his previous books include 'Old Labour to New' and 'Dictionary of Labour Biography'.