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Cameron’s co-op policy guru

Loanna Morrison played a key part in Cameron's co-operative policy

Meet the woman who is driving David Cameron’s surprise move to embrace workers co-operatives, previously a policy preserve of the Left.

Loanna Morrison, a Conservative candidate in the forthcoming general election who has championed the idea behind the scenes, said that her party leader had a “radical” measure that would convince many aspirational council workers to vote Tory.

Speaking to OBV Blog, Morrison compared the announcement to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s council house buying policy in 1979.

Morrison, a Jamaican-born single mother, is part of the Conservative Co-Operative Movement, which played an influential part in Cameron’s  pledge to allow public sector workers to set up co-operatives and run public services.

The candidate for Old Southwark and Bermondsey, who is taking on Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes, said that the move would allow workers to jettison bureaucratic red tape and take pride in their job.

She said: ‘The co-operatives policy is the most radical thing we’ve done as a party. It’s similar to Margaret Thatcher allowing people to own their own house. ‘This will allow mainly public sector workers to take control, and have a self-run service which they can take pride in.

‘The state can’t micro-manage everything. We want to localise services, and let each co-operative set its own rules and practices.’

Morrison, a former journalist and TV producer who has also run a sheltered housing project, has previously set up a co-operative arts project in Walworth Road, near Elephant and Castle.

The BBC compared Cameron’s co-op policy to Tony Blair’s “Clause 4 moment”, a bold statement that showed the party leader was shelving past ideologies and embracing modern Britain.

By Lester Holloway

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