Former Labour minister Hazel Blears is vying to become a member nominated director of The Co-operative Group.

The society is looking to elect three member directors as part of its corporate governance reforms and new-look board.

Blears was elected a Labour MP in 1997 and is standing down at this year’s general election. In a message on The Co-op’s website, Blears said: “I have been a Co-operative Group member for over 20 years. I have shopped and banked with The Co-op throughout that time, and Co-op values have shaped my personal and working life.”

Also standing for election are Ruth Spellman, CEO of the Workers’ Educational Association, and Paul Chandler, former CEO of Traidcraft. Their election will be put to a vote at the society’s agm next month.

The Group also revealed the 13 motions for its agm, including whether it should continue to make donations to The Co-operative and Labour parties. A motion to members asks: should the society make any donations to political parties? Should it only make donations to the Co-operative Party? Should it make donations across a range of parties?

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