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DEMAND BETTER

Debates and votes at conference

The structure of debate on

policy and business motions:

Debates on policy and business

motions are at the heart of

federal conference. It is through

them that the party sets its policy

and future direction. Unlike in

other parties, Liberal Democrat

members are sovereign, and

what they decide really matters.

Proposer of the motion

speaks

V

Proposers of any

amendments speak in turn

V

Speakers called on all sides of

the debate with the chair

seeking to ensure balance

V

Interventions taken (if listed

on the agenda)

V

Summators of amendments

speak in turn

V

The summator of the motion

speaks

V

The chair takes votes for and

against the amendments and

separate votes (if any) in turn

V

A vote will be taken on the

motion as a whole

Interventions: concise (one minute)

speeches made from the

intervention microphone(s) on the

floor of the auditorium, during

debates where it is indicated in the

Agenda.

Amendments: all motions except

emergency motions are open to

amendment; amendments accepted

will be printed in Conference Daily.

Voting: decisions on most motions

and all amendments and separate

votes are by simple majority of those

voting (2/3 majority for

constitutional amendments). To

vote, voting members must show

their voting badge whilst seated on

the ground floor of the auditorium.

Separate votes: a vote to delete or

retain the specified words or section.

A request for a separate vote may

be submitted by any party member:

by the start of the first conference

session on the day before the

debate is scheduled, or by the

deadline for emergency motions for

debates scheduled for the first day

of conference; using the online form

at libdems.org.uk/conference_

papers, by email to separate.votes@

libdems.org.uk, or in writing to the

Speakers' Table in the auditorium.

Counted vote: the chair of the

session may decide that a vote

needs to be counted. Any voting

member may request a count from

the floor; if fifty voting members

stand and show their voting cards, a

count will be taken.

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