Policy

Writing & Submitting

We are a democratic one-member-one-vote party and policy is decided by our members: regional policy at twice-yearly regional conferences in the North West, in February and October, and national policy at our Federal Conferences each March and September. This page sets out how to submit policy to Region.

SUBMITTING MOTIONS & AMENDMENTS

Whether it’s a fully-fledged policy motion or simply an issue you think would benefit from an airing on the conference floor even without a resolution, conference committee wants to hear from you about the subjects you’d like to talk about at Regional Conference. The likelihood of your motion or amendment being selected for debate will be increased considerably if it is legible, clearly worded, concise, and relevant

You are encouraged to contact the regional vice chair policy to talk it over before writing and submission of the motion

(1) WHO MAY SUBMIT A MOTION OR AMENDMENT?

Motions for the Regional Conference, and amendments to motions, may be submitted by any of the following:

  • Five members of the Regional Party;
  • Local Parties;
  • Affiliated Organisations of the Liberal Democrats;
  • The Regional Executive or the Regional Policy Committee.

(2) WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS?

  • Each conference we publish deadlines for
    a) Motions and constitutional amendments, and
    b) Amendments to motions.
  • See the conference page for the current deadlines.

(3) HOW DO I SUBMIT A MOTION OR AMENDMENT?

If you wish to submit a motion or amendment, please check that you are eligible to do so, and that you are within the deadline, as set out above.

If the answer to both of these is Yes, please email your motion or amendment to abhaldane@btinternet.com

Please make clear at the time of submission your qualification to submit your motion or amendment (see 1 above). Please also specify the name of the person who will be proposing the motion or amendment, and (if a motion) the name of the person summing up at the end of the debate.

(4) HOW ARE MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS CHOSEN FOR DEBATE?

The choice of motions and amendments for debate at Regional Conference is the responsibility of the Region’s Conference Committee. The Committee meets to consider motions and amendments, and takes into account factors including the time available on the agenda, and the relevance and interest of the motion or amendment.


This page explains how to put policy forward to Regional Conference. To read existing regional policy see this page.