Undertakers, students and customers in Co-op vote

Undertakers, students and supermarket customers will all be represented in a key poll on the future of the Co-op but none will have an individual ballot.

Block votes will decide whether the troubled food-to-funerals group takes a step towards a radical shake-up seen as vital to securing its future.

The poll will canvass support on four key principles taken from a reform plan drawn up by former City minister Lord Myners, and must achieve a simple majority of over 50% to be taken forward.

Undertakers, students and supermarket customers will vote. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The byzantine voting structure includes a 22% share for independent societies and affiliated organisations, and the rest made up of regional boards, elected by the Co-op's area committees.

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