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Joe Fortune (politician)

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Joe Fortune
Fortune addressing Labour Party Conference in 2023
General Secretary of the Co-operative Party
Assumed office
July 2019
Preceded byClaire McCarthy
Personal details
Joseph Fortune

February 1982 (age 42)[1]
Liverpool, England
Political partyCo-operative Party, Labour Party
Alma materUniversity of Leeds

Joe Fortune is a British politician and co-operative campaigner who has served as General Secretary of the Co-operative Party since 2019.

Early life and career[edit]

After graduating from the University of Leeds, Fortune joined the secretariat of the All-party parliamentary group on Rail. He went on to work in public affairs, specialising in transport and infrastructure, before joining the Co-operative Party in 2009.[2] From 2014-15, he served as a political advisor to the then Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Michael Dugher.[3] He was also previously Transport Coordinator at SERA.[4]

Co-operative Party[edit]

Prior to his appointment as General Secretary, Fortune served as the Party’s National Political and Policy Manager. As the Party’s transport lead,[5] he campaigned for and developed the party’s policy proposals for mutual models for rail and bus services.[6] Under his tenure as General Secretary, the Co-operative Party has promoted the causes of doubling the size of the co-operative sector[7] and expanding the community-owned energy sector[8] with support from its sister party, the Labour Party.


  1. Joe Fortune [@fortunejf]. "I'm not saying I'm special but… I must bee the only person with a @CoopParty birthday cake. Thanks colleagues! Onwards and upwards" (Tweet) – via Twitter. Missing or empty |date= (help)
  2. "Meet… Joe Fortune, General Secretary of the Co-op Party". Co-op News.
  3. "Joe Fortune appointed general secretary of the Co-op Party". Co-op News.
  4. "More Warm Emissions from the PM". LabourList.
  5. "Model railways: how to make co-operative train travel a reality". The Guardian.
  6. "Joe Fortune appointed general secretary of the Co-op Party". Co-op News.
  7. "Co-ops, Mutuals and Friendly Societies Bill 'will help protect and grow our sector'". Co-op News.
  8. "How the Local Power Plan will transform the energy sector". New Statesman.

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