After Michael Stephenson moved on a few months ago, the Co-op Party have been searching for a new General Secretary – interviewing a new of quality candidates. Today they announced that they have appointed Karin Christiansen – the party’s first female Gen Sec in their 95 year history.
Christiansen was a founder member of Labour Values and is a strong proponent of party democracy and reform. She will be taking over at the Co-op after Annual Conference.
Speaking this afternoon following the announcement, she said:
“It is a great privilege to be joining the Co-operative Party as General Secretary. I am honoured to be taking over this role from Michael Stephenson, who has served the Party and continues to serves the co-operative movement with such distinction.
“The Co-operative Party is a powerful voice for change in the way we run our economy and the way we conduct our politics. The values and principles of co-operation need to be embedded in our country, our communities and throughout our institutions.
“I am looking forward to working with the members of the Co-operative Party and the broader movement as well as the excellent team Michael and the National Executive Committee have built to do this.”
Congratulations to Karin from everyone at LabourList.