Proposing a motion or an amendment
A motion is a proposal for discussion at party conference. Motions that are adopted (voted for by party members at the conference) become party resolutions. This means they become the party’s official position and become something the party acts on or campaigns for. Debating motions is a key part of Party Conference and getting involved in it is an important way for members to collectively shape the party.
Any member can submit a motion and this section provides all the information about it.
1. Preparing to submit a motion
While preparing your motion, make sure you:
✔ read the official motion guidelines, the policy document, resolutions from our 2018 conference, the motions forms (policy motion, business motion, special debate proposal) the sample motions (policy motion, special debate proposal) and the constitution.
✔ research the issues you are considering writing motions around to build up your supporting evidence,
✔ discuss with your branch what motions you want to collectively submit OR if you want to submit as an individual, gather support for your idea(s) among other members. Remember - you will need the support of at least 19 other members for any motion.
Submissions open 18th July
2. Drafting and submitting your motion
18th July - 14 August
✔ Double check it against the official motions guidelines.
✔ Ask others to proofread your motion.
✔ If you are submitting a motion from your branch, assign someone as the named Proposer on the proposal. If your motion is selected, the named Proposer will need to present it to conference.
Submissions closed 14th August
3. First Review of Motions by Committees
14th August - 27th August
The WE Agenda Committee and Policy Committee review all the motions submitted. They reject any submissions that:
- do not meet information requirements (check these in the official motions guidelines) and/or
- do not meet with party objectives.
For the motions that pass this stage:
- The Committee may suggest changes to a motion to help clarify it, and/or
- If there are duplicate motions, the Committee will negotiate with the proposers of each duplicated motion, to see whether the motions can be merged.
The Agenda Committee members are:
Annie Rickard, Francesca Pridding, Helen Mooney, Alison Smith, Claudia Crawley, and David Renton.
4. Review of Motions by Party Members
28th August - 11th September
Motions are sent out to members, giving them the opportunity to amend. An amendment changes part of the wording of a motion to introduce a new idea or improve an existing one. It cannot change the intent of the motion. If an amendment is passed by conference, the amended motion is the version that will then be debated. The motions will be sent to members on 28th August.
If you would like to submit an amendment to a motion, you should:
✔ Read the amendment guidelines in the official motions guidelines.
✔ Notify central office of your intention to submit an amendment.
✔ Gather the support of your branch OR if you'd like to submit an amendment as an individual, find the support of four other members to back your amendment.
Deadline for receipt of amendments to motions 11th September
5. Emergency Motions
15th August - 24th September
Members will also have the opportunity to submit emergency motions on issues arising from 15th August. If you would like to submit an emergency motion, you should:
✔ Read the emergency motion guidelines in the official motions guidelines.
✔ Notify central office of your intention to submit an emergency motion.
✔ Gather the support of your branch OR if you’d like to submit as an individual, find the support of 19 other members to back your emergency motion.
✔ Submit using a motions proposal form.
Deadline for emergency motions is 24th September
6. Review of Amendments to Motions by Committees
12th September - 20th September
Now the Agenda Committee and Policy Committees work together to negotiate revisions to amendments if any further clarity is required, and the final versions of motions are prepared for conference.
7. Debate of Motions at Party Conference
15th October - 18th October
At conference the motions will be debated and voted on.
Important points about submitting a motion
- Motions can be submitted by Party branches or individual party members.
- Every motion needs the support of at least 20 party members (including you) to be submitted.
- Every motion has to have a named ‘Proposer’ and this person will need to speak at conference to introduce the motion.
- Motions have to accord with the Party’s constitution and take existing party policy into account.
- Party members will have the chance to review and submit amendments to motions before conference.
- Every amendment needs the support of at least five party members (including you) to be submitted.
- Motions have to meet an information standard which makes sure there is enough information about the motion for members to be able to debate it.
This page offers a summary of the steps to propose a motion. If you decide you want to propose a motion, it’s vital you also read the official motion guidelines.