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All the motions you can vote on at Autumn Conference

September 17, 2020 5:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Our first ever full online conference is set to be one of our biggest ever. I'm so proud that we've been able to keep costs low for members to attend, plus no cost of travel, accommodation, or buying all your meals out.

With a more accessible, affordable, and flexible conference, more members than ever will be able to have their say and vote on some of the fantastic policy motions coming up at Autumn Conference.

If you haven't yet, you can book your place at conference here.

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Here's a run down of the motions we're going to be debating:

F5: Improve Mental Health Support for Health and Care Staff

This motion recognises the long term psychological scars that many health and care staff have from treating patients during the COVID-19. It calls for:

Read the full motion here

F7: Nature of Public Debate during COVID-19

Less than half the public trust the UK government to provide them with accurate public health information, which is devastating in the midst of a global pandemic. Much of this distrust comes from the elitist defence of double standards, such as the Prime Minister's defence of his chief advisor, Dominic Cummings, who broke lockdown.

This motion calls for:

Read the full motion here

F8: Universal Basic Income

The COVID-19 pandemic has, up to the start of June 2020, led to over 600,000 job losses and a drop of almost half in job vacancies. This motion argues that Universal Basic Income will be the best way to provide people with a guarantee of income security and thereby more flexibility and control over their careers and lives post-pandemic. It calls for:

Read the full motion here

F11: The Creation of a Federal United Kingdom

This motion recognises that the future cohesion and existence of the United Kingdom is threatened by a sense of alienation amongst many of our citizens which has fuelled Brexit and the growth of nationalism.

The constitution of the United Kingdom is not fit for the needs of a 21st century liberal democracy, and this motion calls for:

Read the full motion here

F12: The COVID-19 Pandemic

To ensure a timely and relevant debate on the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a spot reserved at conference to debate a motion on the pandemic that has not yet been chosen.

Once the motion is chosen, it will be available to view here.

F18: Racial Justice Cannot Wait

The Black Lives Matter protests around the world, most recently sparked by the killing of George Floyd, have highlighted the failings within the UK. BAME people are over-represented throughout the criminal justice system, including being more likely to be stopped and searched, and being more likely to be sentenced to prison once convicted of a crime.

It is unacceptable that, in the 21st century, people are discriminated against on the basis of their race and the party reaffirms its commitment to combat racism. This motion calls on the government to:

Read the full motion here

F19: Save the BBC

This motion states that the BBC has played a uniquely invaluable role in educating the public on the coronavirus pandemic, and that the broadcaster has a vital and unique place in the UK's media landscape, with a mission to inform, educate and entertain across television, radio and online.

Dismantling the BBC was not in the Conservatives' 2019 manifesto and the government has no mandate to attack the broadcaster. This motion calls for:

Read the full motion here

F21: A Green Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19, there is an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild with a real focus on the climate emergency: green growth, creating new green jobs and cutting emissions.

With reaffirmed pledges to Cut emissions by 75 per cent by 2030, and achieve net zero emissions by 2045 at the very latest, this motion calls for:

Read the full motion here

F23: Europe

To ensure a timely and relevant debate on the UK's future relationship with the European Union, there is a spot reserved at conference to debate a motion on Europe that has not yet been chosen.

Once the motion is chosen, it will be available to view here.

F31: Hong Kong's Future

In the last 18 months, up to two million people, across different socio-economic backgrounds, have taken to the streets of Hong Kong, calling for democratic reforms. This motion recognises that the UK has a moral and legal duty to ensure that democracy, the rule of law and human rights are upheld in Hong Kong. It calls on the government to:

Read the full motion here

F32: Supporting Trans and Non-Binary People Within the Liberal Democrats

This motion notes that the UK government has shelved proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act despite 70% of respondents to the government's consultation being in favour of self-definition. With recognition that people should be free to define their gender as they choose, and have that choice respected, this motion calls for:

Read the full motion here