RESOLUTION PROPOSING ALL MEMBER STRUCTURE
Active members are a very small proportion of the CLP membership. Encouraging greater levels of participation wherever possible is a priority.
On adopting a Delegate Structure:
- Estimated average attendance at Branch meetings: Bude, Camelford, Wadebridge = 6/8; Launceston, Bodmin = 10/12.
- For a 1 delegate to 15 members quota, current paid-up membership would require 8 Bodmin delegates; 7 Bude, Camelford; 9 Launceston; 10 Wadebridge. Given 4 Branch attendees will be Branch Officers, 2 Campaign Team (both meeting monthly); some CLP Officers (twice monthly); some Cornwall Labour (LCF) delegates (bi-monthly), it is likely Branches would struggle to meet this quota, and if they could, it would be through considerable multi-role-holding.
- Whilst a Branch can express their collective wishes to their delegates, delegates cannot be mandated by the Branch. Individual members effectively lose control over their vote.
- It will further deplete participation if only delegates can vote at the CLP General Meeting.
- The likelihood of CLP decision-making being dominated by a very small group of the same people is high.
- This also increases the likelihood of ‘campaign fatigue’ and consequent collapse.
On retaining an All Member Structure:
- Every member can potentially (unavoidable barriers excepted) use their vote at the CLP General Meeting on those issues which appear on the agenda (distributed to all members in advance) which are of sufficient importance to them to persuade them to attend.
- If every member has a vote (whether or not they use it) the decision-making process will be more inclusive and less stagnant. Even if attendance is low, at each meeting it is likely there will be at least some different attendees.
- Maximising participation in voting can only tend to increase attendance rather than decrease it – and this is a priority.
This CLP resolves:
- to retain an All Member Structure.
- the General Meeting of this CLP shall be quorate provided 20 members attend (this figure has been agreed with the Regional Office).
RESOLUTION PROPOSING DELEGATE-ONLY (GENERAL COMMITTEE) STRUCTURE:
- Note: The last two CLP meetings have attracted 15 members. Assuming the CLP has 650 members in total, a “one delegate for 15 members” Standing Order would result in a maximum voting strength at a normal CLP meeting of 43 or 44 members. A meeting would therefore be quorate, within the 25% rules, provided 11 members were present. A “one delegate for 10 members” Standing Order would result in a maximum voting strength of 65 members, and would require an attendance of 16 or 17 members to be quorate. For an All Member structure, even if the NEC permitted a quorum based on only 5% of membership (apparently the absolute minimum permitted) we would need an attendance of 32 or 33 members.
This North Cornwall Constituency Labour Party resolves that it shall adopt a delegate structure of organisation, as defined in Labour Party rules. A CLP meeting shall be quorate provided 25% of delegates are in attendance.
Any Labour Party member may attend any CLP meeting, to observe and speak, but voting shall be confined to properly elected delegates – except for the Annual General Meeting, when all North Cornwall Labour Party members in attendance shall be entitled to vote.
Each branch shall be entitled to elect one delegate for every 15 members, but this figure might be revised to one delegate for every 10 members should the demand/need arise.
Branches should hold AGMs (or an EGM) to elect delegates immediately after the CLP AGM. Delegates shall normally serve for 12 months but substitutes may be permitted at any time, provided the substitution is confirmed by the branch secretary before any CLP meeting.
Branch secretaries must inform the CLP secretary of the identities of their branch delegates (and substitutes) not less than 7 days before any CLP meeting.