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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Ceasing to be a member

Disability Labour recognises the need for further clarification on disciplinary matters and therefore moves the following amendment and addition to section C(2) of the Constitution with immediate effect:

C (2) Ceasing to be a member.
Members may resign at any time in writing to the secretary.

(2a) The executive committee will contact any member who has not paid their membership fee for one year. They will decide whether that member is deemed to have resigned.

(2b) Any offensive behaviour, including racist, sexist or inflammatory remarks, will not be permitted. Anyone behaving in an offensive way or breaking the equal opportunities statement in this constitution may be asked not to attend further meetings or to resign from the group if an apology is not given or the behaviour is repeated. The individual concerned shall have the right to be heard by the executive committee, accompanied by a friend, before a final decision is made.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

No confidence in the Secretary of Disability Labour

It has become increasingly apparent to members of Disability Labour that the current Secretary, Louise Reecejones, has been ineffective, difficult to work with and completely unaccepting of comment or criticism by members and fellow Executive Committee members.

She failed to notify the Executive Committee that she had brought Wirral Council & Wirral Labour Party into disrepute and had the whip removed from 6th September 2017 to 6th January 2018. This was vital information that was potentially harmful to Disability Labour.

The lack of communication from the Secretary has made things worse for the reputation of Disability Labour, and we place on record our gratitude to Brian Aylward for stepping in as Deputy Secretary since November 2017.

We, as members, therefore believe that Louise Reecejones’ position within the Executive has become untenable and unworkable.

We therefore move that Louise Reecejones be removed as Secretary of Disability Labour with immediate effect, that she be removed from any ballot for the Executive Committee and that she be prevented from standing as an Executive Officer for Disability Labour for no less than one year. We call on the Labour Party to request that she not stand for any position within the proposed Disability Section.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Executive Committee decision making

Disability Labour believes no decision should be taken by a small clique of the Executive Committee. All decisions should be, and should be seen to be, properly democratic.

We therefore agree to an additional section H (6) being added to our constitution:

In the event of there being no quorum provided at least three (3) officers are present those present may constitute themselves as a temporary subcommittee under Clause J(11) in order to conduct such business as in their opinion cannot await consideration at a subsequent meeting of the Executive Committee.

Change to:

If there is not a quorum at an executive meeting, all decisions will have to be ratified by the next quorate executive committee meeting.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Executive Committee minutes

To be properly accountable and democratic, Disability Labour recognises the need for meetings to be minuted fully and those minutes be up to a minimal standard.

We therefore agree that there should be an additional section H (8a) in our constitution as follows:

Executive committee minutes will include:

  1. The date, time and physical venue of the meeting.
  2. The name of the group.
  3. The names of those present and the names of those having made apologies for not attending. Should anyone be present for a section of the meeting only, the detail of which section they were present.
  4. The items on the agenda.
  5. The precise wording of any resolution together with the name of the proposer of the motion.
  6. A summary of the discussion on each item of business.
  7. Information on which the decision was based.
  8. Who voted and how and if Chair used a casting vote
  9. The action required
  10. The names of the people who are responsible for implementing the decision.
  11. The date, time and venue of the next meeting.
  12. The name of the person taking the minutes.
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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Executive Committee quorum

Disability Labour recognises the importance of having a quorum of Executive Committee members in attendance to ensure representation. To ensure clarity, Disability Labour moves the following change to the Constitution to be effective immediately:

H (5)

There shall be a quorum when at least one-fifth of the number of members of the Executive Committee for the time being or four (4) members of the Executive Committee, whichever is the greater, are present at the meeting, of which one member must be an Officer of the group.

Change to:

The quorum for ordinary and special executive meetings is 50% of executive members or seven, whichever if greater.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Regularity of Executive Committee meetings

Disability Labour recognises the importance of regular meetings of the Executive Committee, and notes with disappointment that the previous Executive did not meet regularly. Disability Labour therefore moves the following change to the Constitution to ensure the Executive meet on a regular basis.

H (1)

The Executive Committee shall hold at least four (4) ordinary meetings a year. A special meeting maybe called by the Chair or by any five (5) other members of the Executive Committee upon not less than seven (7) day’s notice being given to the other members of the Executive Committee of the matters to be discussed.

Change to:

(1) The executive committee hold ordinary meetings once a month. Meeting dates for the year are agreed by the Executive committee at their first meeting following the AGM.

(2) Additional special meetings maybe called by 50% of Executive Committee members. Seven clear days notice of a special meeting and its agenda must be given, the seven clear days start when the meeting notice is received by email by all executive members.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Meeting attendence

Disability Labour recognises the importance of Executive members attending meetings where possible, whilst also understanding the need to support members at all times. Disability Labour therefore moves the following change to the Constitution regarding members who do not attend for a number of meetings.

G (1)

Is absent without the permission of the Executive Committee from all their meetings held within a period of six (6) months, or three (3) consecutive meetings. (See J12(c)) and the Executive Committee resolve that his or her office be vacated; or

Change to:

(1) The Executive Committee will contact any executive member who does not attend four consecutive meetings for any reason. They will decide whether that member is deemed to have resigned.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Regional groups

Disability Labour recognises the need for regional representation and is disappointed that the previous Executive failed to act on the request for regional groups at the 2017 AGM. Disability Labour therefore moves the following addition to the Constitution to encourage regional groups to start as soon as possible.

F (5)

With the agreement of the executive committee, regional branches of the group may be constituted on an area co-terminus with Labour Party regions. Once properly constituted, each regional branch may elect one member to the Executive Committee.

Add:

(2a) Disabled Party members can set up regional branches of Disability Labour. Each group must use the Disabled Labour Regional Group constitution – a form of this constitution suitable for the Party regions. Each regional group must apply to the Executive Committee for approval as a Disability Labour branch and give at least one month’s notice before approval can be granted.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Composition of the Executive Committee

Disability Labour recognises the potential workload for Executive Officers and understands the need to spread the work out wherever possible. Disability Labour therefore moves the following change to the make up of the Executive Committee with immediate effect.

  1. Executive Committee.

(1) The Executive Committee shall consist of fifteen Individual Members elected at the group’s AGM. In addition the Labour Students Disabilities Officer shall be an ex-officio member with voting rights.

Change to:

(1) The business of the group is carried out by the Executive Committee. This comprises eight ordinary members and eight officers, as below, elected annually at the AGM.

(1a) Officers are: Two co Chairs, two co Secretaries, two co Treasurers, two co CLP Liaison Officers.

(1b) In the event of an officer standing down during the year a replacement will be co-opted by the next Executive Committee.

(1c) Any executive committee member not attending a meeting without apology for three months will be contacted by the committee and asked if they wish to resign.

(1d) Representatives of the BAME, Women’s and Youth sections and of LBGTQ+ Labour are invited to attend all executive meetings in an advisory capacity.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Women on the Executive Committee

Disability Labour recognises the importance of gender balance within the Executive Officers and moves the following clarification within the Constitution.

E (2)

At least three (3) of these officers shall be women.

Change to:

At least 50% of Executive Officers must be women.