Saturday 15 September
given the sexual harassment allegations made against members
of all political parties.
G. The debate and reference back at Spring Conference 2018,
where speakers asked for more detail on how the new system
would work, as well as concerns about a number of issues,
addressed in the sections below.
H. That the Federal Board has appointed a steering group on Sexual
Impropriety Complaints, as recommended by Isabelle Parasram
in her Special Investigative Report, to:
i) Build upon the current support system for complainants
by ensuring the Morrissey recommendations are fully
implemented including as applicable during all stages of the
ii) Review and regularly update the Party's policy on anonymity,
as published in draft form along with this business motion.
iii) Review and regularly update the Party's policy on police
referrals, as published in draft form along with this business
iv) Create a guidance manual to support and supplement the
general guidance on the Complaints Procedure for those
tasked with adjudicating or investigating sexual impropriety
v) Devise an initial training programme to support and
supplement the general training on the Complaints Procedure
for those involved in the handling of sexual impropriety
complaints, with regular refresher courses.
vi) Advise the Party on an ongoing basis on conveying its stance
and approach to incidents of sexual impropriety to every
member in a more effective manner.
vii) Review the handling of cases involving allegations of serious
sexual impropriety on an ongoing basis.
viii) Report back to the Federal Board with initial training plans
and guidance by December 2018.
Conference believes that:
I. For any new complaints process (the 'Complaints Procedure')
to command the confidence of members, it must be an
independent, stand-alone process which is free from
interference by the executive functions of the Party; is simple, 23