The LP platform stitched up Conference over Brexit by refusing a card vote. I think this power needs to be taken away, and so have drafted this rule amendment. It is interesting that the old rule no longer exists and has been transferred to Conference Standing Orders.


Insert before These standing orders will be presented ……

The Conference Standing orders are to state that voting will be by show of hands except a card vote will be undertaken as decided by the CAC who shall in their report to conference determine which votes must be resolved by a card vote. Card votes may additionally be invoked by the Chair of Conference and shall be so invoked if called for by 30 delegates.


One thing to be noted is that Conference still has the last word on the contents of the Programme (C1.V.2). For inclusion, the Programme, it needs to be approved by Conference by a ⅔ majority. Policy cannot be included in the manifesto without this approval, so the Brexit position, free train fares and free broadband would seem to be promises we should not have made. I am equally unclear where the Faith and Culture manifestos came from. (I don’t even know if they were approved by the Clause V meeting.) Policy votes where not overwhelming should be counted by a  card vote to ensure that it is accurately recorded as meeting the necessary thresholds be it ½ or ⅔ majority.

Card Votes on Demand
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2 thoughts on “Card Votes on Demand

  • 2nd March 2020 at 1:24 pm

    I have added some stuff about C1.V.2 which talks about the relationship between the programme, NPF report and Manifesto.

  • 7th March 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Conference as it is is, implies over 2000 CLP delegates, if we increase the membership to 1m members, then there will be 4000 CLP delegates entitled to attend. Which room do we hold that in?

    Bigger than the Chinese people’s congress!

    The answer is of course to change delegate entitlement not to turn people away.

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