The CAC (Conference Arrangements Committee) will present its report to Labour’s conference this morning, including the motions and business that will be put to conference delegates for a vote. Delegates will vote on whether to accept the report, but delegates have been in disagreement about whether elements of the report can be ‘referenced back’ – that is, challenged and put to an amendment vote.
Here’s what Labour’s rules say on the matter, as discussed at last night’s meeting of CLPD (Campaign for Labour Party Democracy):
G. Party conference shall consider policy reports and draft reports as part of the rolling programme, the NPF report, the NEC annual report, NEC statements and development strategy. Conference has the right to refer back part of any document without rejecting the policy document as a whole. Conference shall also consider constitutional amendments and contemporary motions or emergency resolutions submitted and accepted. It shall not consider any business unless recommended by the NEC or the CAC.
At any special session of Party conference, the NEC shall determine the business to be conducted.
For the avoidance of any doubt, any dispute as to the meaning, interpretation or general application of the constitution, standing orders and rules of the Party or any unit of the Party shall be referred to the NEC for determination, and the decision of the NEC thereupon shall be final and conclusive for all purposes. The decision of the NEC subject to any modification by Party conference as to the meaning and effect of any rule or any part of this constitution and rules shall be final.
Any attempts to ‘refer back’ the CAC report would need to be preceded by the raising of a point of order.
The CAC is treating the issue in a more limited fashion:
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