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Q&A: What is the co-operative movement?


The Co-operative Group has made headlines over the resignation of its chairman, a film of its former banking head allegedly buying drugs and a rescue deal handing 70% ownership to private investors.

But what exactly is the co-operative movement and will it be possible to maintain the spirit of the group through all the changes?

image captionShadow Chancellor Ed Balls received £50,000 from the Co-operative Party in 2012
image captionRev Paul Flowers has admitted he did not have experience in banking

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