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The Co-operative group: Schools, shops and politics

Last year was uncomfortable for the Co-operative movement with publicity around the former Co-op bank chairman Paul Flowers.

But the Co-operative Party, which draws much of its funding from the Co-op Group, had claimed to be in good health - and it has the support of 31 Labour MPs.

As it launched its manifesto on Friday, Giles Dilnot looked at other areas where the Co-op is involved in including schools and housing estates.

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