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transparent and efficient; and deals with complaints promptly,
with clear lines of communication.
II. To ensure such a process functions adequately, all those
involved in it must be properly trained to ensure high standards,
and that the Party has a responsibility to resource this.
III. Such a process must be underpinned by a properly resourced
system of informal resolution with trained Independent Persons,
to be administered by the State Parties and coordinated with
relevant staff at Party Headquarters.
IV. The pool of individuals trained to carry out the complaints
process (adjudicators) should have representation of
underrepresented groups, in line with the guidelines for the
membership of Party Committees laid out in Articles 2.5-2.7 of
the Federal Party Constitution.
Conference therefore recommends that:
1. The Federal Board appoint a pool of no less than 40 adjudicators
and 15 investigators, who shall be required to undergo an
approval process and shall not sit on any regional, state or
federal party committee, and that the Federal Board report their
appointment to Conference.
2. The Federal Board submit for approval by Conference:
a) A Lead Adjudicator, who shall act as a spokesperson for the
disciplinary process and may provide advice to adjudicators
where necessary, and;
b) Three Senior Adjudicators (one from each State Party) to be
drawn from the pool of approved adjudicators to support the
Lead Adjudicator in that role.
3. The team of the Lead and Senior Adjudicators be given the role
of determining whether members should be suspended under
the Complaints Procedure and, in addition, be empowered to
refer cases to appeal on behalf of the Party, where the decision
of a disciplinary panel risks damaging the Party's reputation.
4. The State and Regional Parties be urged to create a co-ordinated
system of informal resolution with trained independent persons,
and to amend their constitutions in line with this motion and the
accompanying constitutional amendments.
5. The training programme for independent persons, investigators
and adjudicators be centrally co-ordinated, and include but not
be limited to: training on how to investigate, adjudicate and/or
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