A member has asked that the following motion to be put on the agenda of the 9th March 2019 General (ALL Members) Meeting. Subsequently that member informed us that as they were unable to attend that meeting wishes to defer consideration of the motion until the 11th May 2019 General (ALL Members) Meeting (now postponed till 8th June). Further to his the members has said they are unavailable for postponed May meeting and wishes the moption to be tables at the July AGM.
Outside of instances where members engage in racist, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-Semitic or physically threatening activity or commentary this CLP calls on its senior officers to desist from referring members to either national or regional bodies within our party for the purpose of disciplinary proceedings without the following conditions being met:
- Members should be warned in advance that if they continue with their current course of action they run the risk of being referred to national or regional bodies with the objective of disciplinary proceedings being enacted against them.
- Wherever possible the widest consultation of members, including with the EC and the wider CLP membership, should take place before individual members are referred for disciplinary measures.
- In all cases the senior officers in our CLP should adopt a default position of not referring members to disciplinary bodies within our party.
- Criticism of senior officers within our CLP, or the leadership of our party, or pressure groups within our party like Momentum or Progress should not typically result in references to national or regional bodies of the party for disciplinary proceedings.
- The first priority for senior officers within our CLP must be to seek to resolve matters raised by members in a comradely, friendly and respectful manner.
The motion will need to be moved by the member and seconded before any debate takes place. Following any debate, the mover shall have the right of reply if the motion is not amended and as long as there is a contrary contribution – if not there will be nothing for the mover to reply.
The Standing Orders agreed at a Special General Meeting in January 2018 and subsequently amended on instruction from the Regional Director (on the matter of quorum). Sections I, J & K. refer to how motions are debated at General Meetings. Specifically, can I draw your attention to Section I/ii:
ii. Speakers shall address the chair and shall only speak once on any motion except by permission of the chair, providing that the mover of a motion or an amendment may reply to the discussion without introducing new matter for debate; such reply shall close the discussion. No speaker shall be allowed more than five minutes, unless agreed by the meeting to be ‘further heard’ for a specified period.