Saturday 15 September
Mover: 7 minutes; summation of motion and movers and summation of any
amendments: 4 minutes; all other speakers: 3 minutes. For eligibility and
procedure for speaking in this debate, see page 4.
The deadline for amendments to this motion - see page 6 - and for requests for
separate votes - see page 3 - is 13.00, Monday 3 September. Those selected for
debate will be printed in Saturday's Conference Daily.
17.00 Business motion and constitutional amendment
Chair: Cllr Zoë O'Connell (Vice Chair, FCC). Aide: Jenni Lang. Hall Aide: Geoff
Payne (Chair, FCC).
F11 Business motion: Reforming our Party's Disciplinary Processes
Mover: Alice Thomas.
Summation: Sheila Ritchie (Federal Vice-President and Convenor of the
Scottish Liberal Democrats).
A. The dedication and commitment of the volunteers and staff who
have devoted valuable time and effort to ensuring the Party's
current disciplinary processes function.
B. That despite this, the large number of members who have
previously expressed concerns regarding the Party's current
disciplinary processes, including as part of the Governance
Review consultations in 2015 and 2016.
C. That party members voted at Autumn Conference 2016, in
motion Towards a More Effective Party Governance that "there shall
be a review of the disciplinary processes of the party".
D. That Ken Macdonald QC, a former Director of Public
Prosecutions, was appointed to carry out this review (known
as 'the Macdonald Review'), and that Isabelle Parasram
was appointed to undertake a special investigation into the
Complaints Handling Processes in cases of sexual impropriety,
the conclusions of which have been incorporated into the
Macdonald Review's recommendations.
E. The delays in acting on the review caused by the snap 2017
F. The urgency of action now being taken to implement the review
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