Mutuals exist in every sector of the economy, from financial services to housing, to retailing, to public services and sport. Whether it is through providing rewarding work, strengthening community enterprise, or supplying affordable and sustainable services to consumers, a strong network of co-operative and mutual businesses can play an important part in a diverse and modern British economy.

The purpose of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Mutuals is to bring MPs and Peers together with a wide range of co-operatives and mutual enterprises, including Building Societies, Mutual Insurers, and Housing Associations, to facilitate better support for the sector through public policy.

In recent years, the group has undertaken a number of short inquiries spanning a number of areas concerning co-operatives and mutuals, including capital raising and football Supporter Trusts, as well as playing a valuable role in the passage of new legislation, such as the Mutual Deferred Shares Act. The group is currently Chaired by Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West. You can read more about our work here.

If you are a Parliamentarian and wish to become a member of the Group, please contact us. A full list of APPG members is available on request.

A welcome from the Chair

Gareth Thomas MP

“I’ve been involved with the co-operative sector ever since I was first elected to Parliament in 1997. I steered the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 2001 through Parliament and as Chair of The Co-operative Party I’ve seen up close the real difference that co-operative and mutual enterprises can make to our economy. The APPG for Mutuals is a great opportunity for the many supporters of the mutual sector across Parliament to come together in a practical and meaningful way to advance the cause of co-operation.”

Gareth Thomas MP