LLA launch conference

Saturday February 1 2020, Sheffield (very near train station), registration from 10am. Finish: 5pm

Motions received

Agenda, participation, timetable and deadlines

The PDF version of this is available online here.

I) Draft Agenda

Detailed timings of the agenda items will be sorted out closer to the date of conference, as we need to see how many motions/amendments have come in.

1) Political intro: Why we need the Labour Left Alliance (15mins)

2) Short report: Our current supporters, groups etc (10min intro)
Then: Recruitment, organising and social media (motions, amendments, debate, votes)

3) Our aims and purpose: Political strategy, campaigning priorities (motions, amendments, debate, votes)

4) Our structures/constitution: Introduction and discussion on how we organise (motions, amendments, debate and votes)

5) Summary of next steps, thanks & close

II) Conference participation, motions and amendments

1) All LLA supporters will be allocated a particular geographical area where at least one democratic pre-conference meeting will be held before November 30 for the purpose of electing conference delegates and deciding on motions (and amendments). These meetings should also discuss how they raise money to send their delegates. Ideally, these pre-conference meetings will be run by the local Labour Left groups who have signed up to the LLA and will consist of all LLA signatories living nearby.

2) In areas where there are no functioning affiliated groups nearby, the LLA organising group will help to set up and run pre-conference meeting, though it will need the help of one or two local comrades. This would entail booking a venue and finding somebody to chair the meeting. We could help drafting an agenda and will send it out to all signatories living nearby. So, if you are not organised in a local Labour Left group, but can help to set up a pre-conference meeting, please get in touch: info@labourleft.org

3) Ideally, all these pre-meetings should take place in the last two weeks of November, so that we can publish all details together, allowing those not yet organised in groups to choose a location that is most convenient for them.

4) The delegate ratio is 1:3. For example, if there is a pre-conference meeting in an area with 30 signed up LLA supporters, the meeting can elect 10 delegates. If there are 10 LLA supporters = you can send 3 delegates etc. Please let us know the names of your delegates after your meeting.

5) In terms of motions and amendments, these pre-conference meetings can submit one motion and one amendment on each of the three main conference headings (please try to keep them short, if possible):

i) Recruitment, organising and social media.
ii) Our aims and purpose: Political strategy, campaigning priorities.
iii) Our structures and constitution

We encourage comrades to amend each others’ motions, rather than submit similar ones – for this reason, we will publish motions and draft constitutions as we receive them. We also want to encourage the merging of similar motions/constitutions (where applicable) and have allowed two weeks for this process.

6) Nationally affiliated groups can send their current three representatives on the Organising Group, but should also be encouraged to get all their members signed up to local Labour Left groups. They can submit one motion and one amendment on each of the three conference headings.

7) Any 10 LLA supporters across the country can get together to submit one motion or one amendment (but every person can only sign one motion/amendment).

III) Pre-conference timetable

Deadline Weeks before conference Dates  
Final agenda send out 1 January 25  
Deadline for amendments 2 January 18  
Sending out provisional agenda with all motions received 6 (or earlier) Before December 23
Deadline for compositing motions (where applicable) 7 December 16
Deadline for motions 9 November 30