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Meg elected President

Friday, March 10, 2006

Co-operativesUK has announced that Meg Munn MP has been elected to serve as President of Co-operative Congress 2006 in Manchester.


Speaking about her election Meg said, “Being chosen as President of Congress is a great honour. I'd like to thank Sheffield Co-operative Society for nominating me and for all the support I received. I am looking forward to taking on this important role.”


Meg joined the Labour Party when she was 15 years old, later becoming a member of the Co-operative Party. Between 1987-91 she was a City Councillor in Nottingham. In 2001 Meg was elected the Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley, becoming Minister for Women and Equality in May 2005


Born in Sheffield in 1959, Meg moved into the Heeley Constituency when she was three years old. After completing her schooling she then went on to study at York and Nottingham Universities.


A trained social worker, Meg Munn worked in Berkshire, Nottinghamshire, Barnsley, Wakefield and York. Her career progressed to Assistant Director for Children's Services at the City of York Council.


Dame Pauline Green, Chief Executive of Co-operativesUK said, “I would like to congratulate Meg on her election as Congress President by our members.


“This year’s Congress is set to be both innovative and informative and I am sure Meg will bring a dynamic, outward looking perspective to her role as President.”


The other two candidates for Congress President were Lord George Foulkes and Sylvia Jones.


Hundreds of co-operative members, employees and activists will get together at this year’s Congress for three days of learning, debate and networking over the weekend of May 19 -21. Workshops and seminars, plus keynote speakers, fringe meetings, study visits and social events will combine to create an inspiring occasion for all those interested in co-operation and co-operative enterprise.


The programme is now being finalised, and will include topics such as climate change, fair trade, retailing and women in business.


For those with an interest in co‑operative development, additional workshops will address the specific needs of this sector.


A public exhibition highlighting the range and diversity of UK co-operative enterprise will run alongside the main conference throughout the three days.


Congress is open to anyone with an interest in co‑operative enterprise and bookings are now being accepted. There is an online booking service at www.congress.coop and forms are also available to download.


For more information about Congress, and regular news updates, visit www.congress.coop. 



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Notes to Editors:


Co-operativesUK is the national member-owned and led organisation that promotes the interests of co-operatives, works to increase awareness and understanding of co-operative values and principles, and supports the development and growth of new and existing co-operatives. It is a focal point for the sector, a forum for innovation and best practice, and a strategic voice for the co-operative movement.

Co-operativesUK represents co-operative enterprise throughout the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.




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