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Federal Conference Committee met this weekend – unusually at Amnesty HQ in London rather than LDHQ – to set the Agenda for Autumn conference in Brighton.

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As noted in my reports on Spring conference, the snap election last year delayed progress on several policy papers which have now come through so time pressure was again an issue. This did mean that some good motions that would have fared better had there been more time were dropped early in round one of voting. I should also mention that a Nem Con decision does not mean that no members liked a motion. FCC runs largely according to consensus, where only issues that might be controversial or result in a close vote end up with a formal show of hands. If only one or two people are arguing for/against a motion, it is often not worth pushing it to a vote. Running 63 votes in round one alone would risk the meeting becoming a multi-day epic!

This was also the first agenda selection with name blind applications. Committee members knew in advance how a motion was validly submitted (E.g. “Cambridge Lib Dems”, “LGBT+ Lib Dems” or “34 party members”) but not the names of drafting contacts,  proposers or summators and these were only circulated after the decisions had been made. Although inevitably lobbying meant we knew who was behind some motions, this worked well and we will be having further discussions on if motions can be made more anonymous by changing submitters details to just “2 local parties”, “an SAO” or similar.

All those who submitted motions will now have feedback and we are hoping to have the full agenda out by the start of August. If you would like to submit a Europe motion, amendments or emergency motions, the deadline for that is 1 pm, Monday 3rd September. Amendments for the Europe motion will be possible, but with a very short window for submission. (Likely around three days)

Time allocations below are provisional and were just used to make sure we did not pick too much material, as some small changes are often required to have everything fit sensibly in the slots available.

Round One Vote

Round Two Vote

Time allocation

BUSINESS AND SKILLS

Degree accreditation through the workplace

Redbridge

NO Nem Con

Good jobs, better businesses, stronger communities
21st Century Economy policy paper

FPC

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

75 minutes

Repeal of Sunday Trading Laws

39 members

NO (1 Yes vote)

COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

An affordable, secure home for all

10 members

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

60 minutes

Ending Private Rental Discrimination against people on Benefits

10 members

NO Nem Con

Homelessness – Safety and Justice for All

Young Liberals

NO Nem Con

House Building – An End to Urban Containment

Young Liberals

NO Nem Con

The Leasehold Scandal

Eddisbury and Weaver Vale

NO Nem Con

Power for People and Communities (Policy Paper)

FPC

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

75 minutes

CRIME, JUSTICE, EQUALITIES, AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Domestic Abuse

13 party members

NO Nem Con

Ending Discrimination in Mental Health Detention

Beaconsfield
Wycombe
South Central Region
Young Liberals

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

60 minutes

Establishing Real Freedom of Choice

Lib Dem Women

YES Nem Con

YES (1 No vote)

75 minutes

Freedom of Choice on Abortion

Young Liberals

NO Nem Con

Extending end-of-life choices

11 party members

NO Nem Con

Safe alcohol use, Reduction of the legal drinking age

10 party members

NO Nem Con

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Internet blocking by public libraries

12 party members

NO Nem Con

ECONOMY AND TAX

Closing tax loop-holes – promoting equity

St Ives

NO Nem Con

Promoting a fairer distribution of wealth

11 party members

YES Nem Con

YES (1 no vote)

60 minutes

Taxing Land, not Investment

13 party members

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

45 minutes

The rehabilitation of Taxation

Calderdale

NO Nem Con

Fairer Foreign Exchange

31 party members

NO (3 Yes votes)

Royal Bank of Scotland Share Sale

Mid Suffolk

NO Nem Con

EDUCATION AND FAMILIES

Help for non-speaking children

13 party members

NO Nem Con

ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Action on Plastics Pollutions

15 party members

NO Nem Con

Break Free From Plastics

24 party members

NO Nem Con

Plastic pollution and UN Sustainable Development Goals

Chetenham

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

45 minutes

Plastic pollution and UN Sustainable Development Goals

Gloucester

NO Nem Con

Reducing the use of plastic water bottles

Bexhill and Battle

NO Nem Con

Single use plastic and sustainable packaging

10 party members
Mid Sussex
Horsham and Crawley
Tunbridge

NO Nem Con

Game bird cages

12 party members

NO Nem Con

Improving Animal Welfare

10 party members

YES Nem Con

YES (7/5 in favour)

45 minutes

United Against Food Poverty

355 party members

NO (4 Yes votes)

EUROPE

As Europe motions become rapidly out of date, FCC decided to defer selection until the emergency motions deadline.

60 minutes have been allocated for this debate.

EU citizens right to vote

16 party members

Stopping Brexit

13 party members

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Cutting the roots of lifelong disadvantage by prevention of ACEs
(Adverse Childhood Experiences)

35 party members

YES Nem Con

NO (2 Yes votes)

Fighting Childhood Obesity

ALDC

NO Nem Con

Preventing drug-related death: Leading the world in harm reduction

Haringey
16 party members

NO Nem Con

Revision of Liberal Democrat Party’s Policy for Drug Law Reform

Taunton Deane

NO Nem Con

Supporting our NHS

St Ives

NO Nem Con

INTERNATIONAL AND DEFENCE

Britain at the Heart of a Changing World (Policy Paper)

FPC

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

75 minutes

Sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

157 party members

NO (3 Yes votes)

Embracing the Sustainable Development Goals

17 party members

NO (2 Yes votes)

Towards a peaceful future for the Land between the River & the Sea

26 party members

NO (2 Yes votes)

MIGRATION

Migration: A fair deal for everyone (Policy Paper)

FPC

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

90 minutes

Removing financial obstacles to Naturalisation

Hammersmith and Fulham

NO Nem Con

Righting wrongs: Restoring the Rights of the Windrush Generation

19 party members

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

45 minutes

POLITICAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

Parliamentary Democracy

Calderdale

NO Nem Con

True Universal Suffrage: Votes for Prisoners

Young Liberals

NO Nem Con

TRANSPORT

Improving public transport

Calderdale

NO Nem Con

WORK, SOCIAL SECURITY AND PENSIONS

Ending Relative Poverty in the UK Motion

Basingstoke and Deane

NO Nem Con

The Inequalities Facing Young People in the Workplace and the Welfare System

Young Liberals

NO Nem Con

Towards Income Security For All

22 party members

YES (6/5 in favour)

NO (3 Yes votes)

Universal credit

Canterbury and Coastal

NO Nem Con

BUSINESS MOTIONS

Alderdice Actions

Federal Board

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

45 minutes

General Election Review Process

19 party members

NO Nem Con

Green Campaigning – Local and National Elections

Newark and Sherwood
Rushcliffe

NO Nem Con

Membership subscriptions and federal levy

Federal Board

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

30 minutes

Recognition of Specified Associated Organisations and Associated Organisations

Federal Board

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

20 minutes

Reforming our Party’s Disciplinary & Complaints Processes

Federal Board

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

60 minutes

Liberal Democrat Priorities for a Better Britain (FPC Themes Paper)

FPC

YES Nem Con

YES Nem Con

60 minutes

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Reforming our Party’s Disciplinary & Complaints Processes

Federal Board

In order

Included above

* Zoe O'Connell is a Councillor and deputy group leader on Cambridge City Council, sits on the executive of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats and is Vice Chair of Federal Conference Committee.

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11 Comments

  • Aw man, this means I have to write up my “how I voted” blog post…

  • Daniel Carr 18th Jul '18 - 1:49pm

    Thanks for this Zoe. Also interested as to when we might expect the full text of these motions to be circulated / made available online.

  • Geoff Payne 19th Jul '18 - 8:33am

    In response to Laura Gordon’’s comment, I have spoken to the Chair of YL about organising a meeting with members of their Exec and FCC members at conference.

    Several people have asked about when the text of the motions will be out. The Agenda is in production now but there is a huge amount of work to collate everything, get it to print and get the web version prepared. We are aiming for very early August on that.

  • OnceALibDem 19th Jul '18 - 8:58am

    With 6 motions on plastics which presumably had some overlaps is their nothing in place to allow a compositing process where that happens. I appreciate that can by done by amendments but there is a limit to how many can be taken.

    I take it “United Against Food Poverty” was the Ashdown prize winning motion?

  • I would like to see all policy papers include an ‘electoral impact assessment’.
    I’m not saying that we only subscribe to what may be popular but in passing policy we need to cognisant of its effect on our electability. Our cannabis policy lost us more votes than it gained us in 2017 IMO.
    I see the tuition fee issue has been kicked into the long grass. In some way I’m relieved given the discussion paper. In other ways I think we are going into the next election in pretty poor condition to regain the young vote.

  • Jonathan Davies 19th Jul '18 - 10:39am

    Is it possible to get copies of motions not selected for debate?

  • Callum Robertson 20th Jul '18 - 11:15pm

    In response to PJ, in your opinion isn’t actually a quantitative test. Can you point me towards any data that backs your point?

  • @Callum Robertson
    I am not aware of any poling been done and that is why I said IMO. MO comes from knocking on hundreds of doors and talking to people. It was one of those policies that is arguably justifiable but is never going to get people to vote for you as a result. On the other hand it is going to put a lot of people off voting for you. That was my experience. The point I was making is that policy making should not be done in a vacuum unless we are to become a think tank. We have to balance our policy making with the prospect of becoming electable.

  • Callum Robertson 22nd Jul '18 - 4:03pm

    PJ, here is some data on people’s opinions of it https://yougov.co.uk/news/2018/05/30/majority-now-support-liberalising-policy-towards-c/
    Also knocking on doors myself it’s never come up negatively

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