Paul Flowers

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Paul Flowers
Rev Paul Flowers (born 1950) is a Methodist minister and businessman. He was Chairman of the Co-operative banking group from 2010 to 2013. He was a Labour Party councillor in Bradford for 10 years. He has been a Trustee of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

In June 2013 he was ranked number 64 in the World Pride Power List 2013. The citation said:

"The Stonewall Workplace Equality index ranked the Co-op as the third-best organisation in the UK for LGBT people to work. Methodist minister Flowers is also a trustee of HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust."[1]

In November 2013 he testified to the Treasury Select Committee about the circumstances surrounding controversial investment decisions by the Co-op Bank.[2]

A few days later he was filmed apparently agreeing to buy cocaine and crystal meth.[3]

Flowers was immediately suspended by the Methodist ministry for three weeks [4] and suspended as a member of the Labour Party.[5] Flowers in a statement said:

"This year has been incredibly difficult, with a death in the family and the pressures of my role with the Cooperative Bank. At the lowest point in this terrible period, I did things that were stupid and wrong. I am sorry for this, and I am seeking professional help, and apologise to all I have hurt or failed by my actions."[4]

On 21 November 2013 he was arrested by Merseyside police in connection with a drugs supply investigation.[6]


  2. Harry Wilson, "Politicians wanted Co-op Bank to grow, says former chairman" The Telegraph, 6 November 2013
  3. Nick Craven and Ross Slater, "Crystal meth shame of bank chief" Mail on Sunday 16 November 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The Rev. Paul Flowers", Methodist Church 17 November 2013
  5. Haroon Siddique, "Co-operative Bank's former chairman 'seeking help' after drugs admission" The Guardian 17 November 2013
  6. "Ex Co-op Bank Chairman Paul Flowers Arrested"