National Policy Forum (NPF) Report Released

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Each CLP and affiliated organisation is entitled to submit one contemporary motion of up to 250 words.

However, if your organisation has already submitted a constitutional amendment (rule change) this year then your organisation is not entitled to also submit a contemporary motion.

The deadline for receipt of contemporary motions is Midday on Thursday 13 September 2018. This will be strictly adhered to.

Only issues of substance which can be shown to have newly arisen since the publication of the National Policy Forum’s Annual Report on 8 August 2018 will be considered as valid Contemporary Motions.

Contemporary motions must meet the Conference Arrangements Committee’s (CAC) criteria as set out in the Contemporary Motions criteria below (taken from the CAC Guidance)

How do I know if my organisation’s motion is “contemporary”?
Only issues of substance which can be shown to have newly arisen since the publication of the National Policy Forum’s Annual Report on 8 August 2018 will be considered as valid Contemporary Motions.

This process is followed in order to ensure the integrity of the policy making process and the NPF Annual Report which will go forward to Annual Conference for decision.

The Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) therefore encourages all bodies  considering submitting a Contemporary Motion to familiarise themselves with the issues contained in the NPF Annual Report.
Criteria for determining if a motion is contemporary

The decision on whether a motion is contemporary is taken by the Conference Arrangements Committee. In reaching a decision, it will consider the following points:

  • Has the issue been dealt with by the NPF and Policy Commissions in their work
    during the year? This work is set out in their reports to Conference.
  • Could the issue have been sent to the NPF, Policy Commissions or the NEC for
    consideration before they published their annual reports?

A motion will be deemed to be contemporary if:

a. It is no more than 250 words, addresses one issue and does not propose a rule change.

b. It deals with a topic which arose after the publication of the reports and Policy Papers of the National Policy Forum (NPF), Policy Commissions or National Executive Committee on
the 8 August 2018 or has not been substantively addressed in those reports.

c. The issue could not otherwise have been raised through the NPF policy making process.

d. It does not seek to by-pass either the National Policy Forum policy-making or National
Executive Committee decision-making processes or to overturn or revisit the Party Policy
Programme, including issues defeated at the NPF which failed to achieve the status of an
alternative position.