Andrew Wiseman writes… How FCC and voting reps select emergency motions to conference

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Federal Conference Committee meets this afternoon to select amendments and separate line votes on the policy motions already published, and also to look at the emergency motions submitted.

Over the last 24 hours, there seems to have been some confusion on Twitter and other Social Networking sites about this process, which is still firmly in the hands of Liberal Democrat voting representatives. I thought it might be helpful just to set out what will happen when.

FCC (made up mainly of elected representatives of the party) considers whether each of the emergency motions submitted meets the criteria for an emergency motion. Those that do are put on a ballot paper and circulated with Saturday’s Daily Announcements. Voting Reps can vote between 9am and 1pm. Voting is, of course, by STV.

In the unlikely event that only two emergency motions meet the requirements, then a vote for the selection of the one motion by Voting Reps will take place at 1135 in the main hall.

* Andrew Wiseman is Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Federal Conference Committee.

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