Coalition will run parliamentary social enterprise group

The Social Enterprise Coalition has announced that it is to take over administration of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise.

The group, which was previously run by the former chair of the coalition, Baroness Glenys Thornton, now hopes to have a more active role in promoting social enterprise in Westminster.

At a launch event held last week, Cabinet Office minister Ed Miliband urged the group to “hold ministers’ feet to the fire” to raise awareness of enterprise and what it could do for Britain.

“We are at the foothills of what social enterprise can achieve,” he said. “The APPG should keep pushing this idea; we will achieve great things.”

Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Newby, a vice-chair on the group, said that the concept of social enterprise was woven into his party’s DNA, going back to the cooperative movement and the focus on local activity.

Baroness Glenys Thornton, the group’s chair, added that the Conservative Party had taken the biggest journey in its support for social enterprise. “It’s gone from David Cameron to local authorities,” Thornton said. “It’s not perfect yet, but it’s a journey and we congratulate them on that.”

Under the new stewardship, the group will begin a series of meetings and breakfast events for parliamentarians, starting in March.

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