Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference Conference Extra Liverpool 18th – 22nd September 2010 Delivering For Britain Word Text Large Print Version This word text document contains the text from the published Conference Extra in large print. Photographs, graphics and complex page layouts have been omitted. Note that page number cross references have been omitted as they are not applicable to this plain text version. PDF, large print and plain text versions of conference publications are also available – download from www.libdems.org.uk/autumnconferencepapers or ask at the Information Desk at conference. Conference Extra Updates to the Conference Agenda and Directory, information from the Conference Committee, timings for conference sessions, amendments, emergency motions and questions to reports. Please read in conjunction with the Conference Agenda and Conference Directory. Contents Directory extra: Conference information Venue plans Conference sponsors Fringe guide Agenda: Conference timetable Saturday 18th September Sunday 19th September Monday 20th September Tuesday 21st September Wednesday 22nd September Make sure you pick up a copy of Conference Daily from the Information Desk as you enter the ACC each morning. It will be vital to your understanding of the day’s business. Published by Policy Projects Team, Liberal Democrats, 4 Cowley Street, London, SW1P 3NB. Design and layout by Mike Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org. Conference Information Delegate Discount Cards The Mersey Partnership, official tourist board for Liverpool City Region, has produced a special discount card for the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2010. Representatives can enjoy exclusive offers at the city’s most renowned eateries including The London Carriage Works at the multi-award winning Hope Street Hotel, Panoramic, Britain’s tallest restaurant offering the finest hand-crafted food and Il Forno, named by The Times as one of the country’s most authentic Italian dining experiences. The handy pocket-sized guide also contains a city centre map and useful visitor information providing a warm welcome for delegates arriving in Liverpool. Find your card in your delegate bag or pick one up from the Information Desk located in the Lower Galleria on the lower ground floor of the ACC. Information Desk The Information Desk telephone number is 0151 239 6040. Leader’s Speech The leader’s speech, taking place on the afternoon of Monday 20 September, is expected to be very busy. Please be aware that seats in the auditorium are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Standing will not be permitted. If the auditorium is full, conference attendees will be directed to Hall 1 on floor 3 of the ACC where live feed of the Leader’s speech will be provided. Security And Safety The safety of the people who live in, work in and visit Merseyside is Merseyside Police’s top priority. The Liberal Democrat Party has received and accepted advice from Merseyside Police regarding security measures for the autumn conference 2010. As a result, an enhanced security operation will be running for the duration of the conference. These measures have been agreed and put in place to ensure, as fully as possible, the safety of everyone attending the conference, as well as the residents and employees surrounding the venue. All those attending conference must have a pass issued by the Party in order to gain access to the conference venue. Conference photo passes must be worn visibly at all times within the ACC. Anyone found in the secure area without a valid pass will be escorted from the building. Everyone will be subject to an ‘airport type’ search process at the entry point. This will include metal detecting archways and x-ray searches of bags. Anyone wishing to bring small items into the venue will be able to pass them through the entry point x-ray machines. The maximum size is 640mm (W) x 430mm (H). Packages too large will be subject to physical search by security staff. Boxes and packages should be left unsealed wherever possible. Under no circumstances will any large bags or suitcases be allowed into the ACC. Any bag left unattended will be brought to the attention of the police and may be removed and/or destroyed. In order to ensure your process through the new security measures is as quick as possible please only bring essential items with you into the centre. For a list of restricted items please go to www.libdems.org.uk/autumnconference. Merseyside Police thanks you for your patience and co-operation. These search processes are in place to ensure and maintain the safety and security of the Liberal Democrat 2010 autumn conference. Advertise In Conference Daily You can promote your organisation, event or message to thousands of conference-goers by placing an advert or notice in Conference Daily, published each day at conference. Contact the Conference Team on email@example.com or enquire at the Information Desk in the Lower Galleria on the lower ground floor of the ACC. Conference Sponsors ASDA We have cut our carbon footprint by 7% while growing our business and passed the savings to customers through lower prices. Our local sourcing hubs help small suppliers to succeed. 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SITA UK is a recycling and resource management company. We deliver solutions to 12 million residents and over 42,000 business customers, to help everyone reduce the impact of their waste on the environment. Headquartered in Maidenhead, we operate in over 300 locations throughout the UK, and employ over 5,500 people. Tesco is an international retailer with over 450,000 employees in 14 markets. The Group’s core purpose is to create value for customers to earn their lifetime loyalty. Which?, the largest consumer body in the UK, has produced a special guide to Liverpool for all Liberal Democrat party conference attendees – it’s free of charge and available around the ACC. ELECTION OF PRESIDENT & COMMITTEES 2011–2012 Nominations are invited for the post of Federal President of the Liberal Democrats serving from January 2011 to December 2012. Nominations open on 1st September 2010 and close on Wednesday 29th September 2010. (Candidates require the nomination of 200 Federal Conference Representatives from a minimum of 20 different Local Parties to stand.) There will also be elections for 15 places on the Federal Executive, 15 places on the Federal Policy Committee, 12 places on the Federal Conference Committee, 5 places on the International Relations Committee, 8 places on the ELDR delegation and 15 places on the Interim Peers list. Nomination packs can be obtained from David Allworthy, at Returning.Officer@libdems.org.uk or 020 7227 1339. Conference Fringe Guide Saturday 18th Mid Evening 20.00 – 21.15 The Mersey Partnership Private Sector Drives Economy with Low Carbon and Logistics Liverpool City Region’s private sector is developing port, logistics and manufacturing assets to drive growth and realise the renewable energy potential of the Irish Sea. Join us for drinks and a buffet to find out more. ACC, Riverside Balcony Refreshments Sunday 19th Lunchtime 13.00 – 14.00 The following meeting has been cancelled: The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) Lifelong Learning: Balancing Community and Business Need Jurys Inn, Suite 7 Oxfam GB and the CREATE Consortium Struggling with the System: How should benefits combat poverty? Participants: Kate Wareing, Director, UK Poverty, Oxfam GB; Louise Winterburn, Community Allowance Campaign; and three people with current experience of the benefits system. This event will provide a broad overview of Oxfam’s position on welfare reform. Hilton, Grace Suite 1 Refreshments Monday 20th Morning 07.15 – 08.30 million+ A Graduate Tax: Would it work? Breakfast with Simon Wright MP The debate about a graduate tax has been re-ignited by Lord Browne’s Review. This private breakfast will explore the key issues which a graduate tax would raise for Government, students, graduates and universities. Note: this event will start at 08.00 and end at 09.00 Hilton Liverpool, Grace Suite 3 Refreshments Invitation only Monday 20th Lunchtime 13.00 – 14.00 CST with the PCAA Foundation Can the Liberal Democrats stop the BNP? How to prevent the BNP stealing your votes. Chair: Nick Cohen, commentator, and journalist. Panel: Tom Brake MP, Carshalton and Wallington; Nick Lowles, Coordinator, HOPE Not Hate; Mark Gardner, Spokesperson, CST. Jurys Inn, Suite 7 Refreshments The following meeting has been cancelled: The Smith Institute and Resolution Foundation Fair Pay - Can We Afford It? Hilton Liverpool, Meeting Room 3 The following meeting which is taking place Monday lunchtime as listed in the Conference Directory, was also incorrectly listed as taking place Monday early evening in the Hilton Liverpool: Demos in partnership with Save the Children Tackling child poverty in an age of austerity Speakers: Sarah Teather MP, Minister for Children and Families; Kate Stanley, Deputy Director, ippr; Sally Copley, UK Head of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children. Chair: Philip Collins, Demos. Blue Bar & Grill, Blue Bar Refreshments Monday 20th Early Evening 18.15 – 19.30 Northern Night Reception By Invitation for members of the Northern, Yorkshire and the Humber Regions. Kindly sponsored by Northumbrian and Yorkshire Water. Refreshments and Food. ACC, Hall 3A Refreshments Invitation only The British Association for Shooting and Conservation & The Angling Trust The Rural Reception Hosted by Lord Redesdale Spokesperson for Agriculture. Speaker: Andrew George MP, Co-chair DEFRA policy committee. Jurys Inn, Suite 9 Refreshments The following meeting listed in the Conference Directory for Monday early evening in the Hilton Liverpool, is actually taking place Monday lunchtime in the Blue Bar & Grill, Blue Bar: Demos in partnership with Save the Children Tackling child poverty in an age of austerity Aviva The Future of Flood Policy Chair: Martin Horwood MP. Speakers: Dominic Clayden, Director of Claims, Aviva; Richard Flint, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Water; Cllr Carl Minns, Local Government Association. Hilton Liverpool, Meeting Room 8 Refreshments The Law Society and Hill Dickinson LLP Law Society Conference Reception Reception for Liberal Democrat parliamentarians and their advisors to meet with legal professionals from the Law Society and law firms within Liverpool. Invitation only – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: this event will end at 20.00 Hill Dickinson LLP, No.1 St Paul’s Square, L3 6SJ 7th Floor, Room 3/4/5 Refreshments Invitation only The following meeting was incorrectly listed in the Conference Directory for Monday early evening, it is actually taking place on Tuesday early evening: NESTA Britain: Creative Highway or the End of the Road? TATE Liverpool, Hospitality Suite Tuesday 21st Lunchtime 13.00 – 14.00 GoSkills – The Sector Skills Council for Passenger Transport The New Skills Agenda – what’s in it for you? Speakers: Norman Baker MP, Minister of State for Transport and Julian Huppert MP, Lib Dem Representative for Universities, Innovation and Science. Chair: Jackie O’Brien, Commercial Director, GoSkills. Hot Buffet provided. Jurys Inn, Suite 10 Refreshments Tuesday 21st Early Evening 18.15 – 19.30 Mersey Maritime The Importance of the Maritime Industry to the UK Economy The session will review the contribution the UK ports industry makes to the UK economy, how policy issues such as business rates impact on private sector growth and how can the industry work more closely with Government. Note: this event will start at 18.30 Hilton Liverpool, Meeting Room 8 Refreshments Invitation only NESTA Britain: Creative Highway or the End of the Road? Keynote Speaker: Don Foster MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesman, Arts and Culture. Please join us to explore how innovative digital technologies can transform the arts and creative industries to drive economic growth. Note: this event will end at 19.15 TATE Liverpool, Hospitality Suite Note: this event was incorrectly listed in the Conference Directory as taking place Monday early evening. Tuesday 21st Mid Evening 20.00 – 21.15 Alliance for Legal Aid (Law Centres Federation/LAPG/LAG/Young Legal Aid Lawyers/LCCSA) Defending Legal Rights for the Poor and Marginalised Speakers: Lord Phillips of Sudbury; Laura Janes, Young Legal Aid Lawyers; Paul im Thurn, Cumbria Law Centre; James Sandbach, Citizens Advice; Carol Storer; Legal Aid Practitioners Group. Hilton Liverpool, Meeting Room 6/7 Refreshments Wednesday 22nd Lunchtime 13.00 – 14.00 GMB The Future of the LGPS and other Public Sector Pensions Should public sector workers have final salary pensions or are the pensions too generous? Speakers: Steve Webb MP, Pensions Minister; Jan Parkinson, Local Government Employers; Joanne Segars, NAPF; Brian Strutton, GMB. Lunch provided. ACC, Hall 14 Refreshments Note: there was a mistake in the Conference Directory – a signer will not be provided nor a hearing loop. Apologies for any inconvenience. ALDES - Liberal Democrats for Engineering and Science ALDES AGM Annual General Meeting. New members welcome. Incorporates Elections for the ALDES Committee and Honorary Presidential Elections. Jurys Inn, Suite 1 Conference Daily Make sure you pick up a copy of Conference Daily from the Information Desk as you enter the ACC each morning. Conference Daily contains information, updates and changes, including amendments and emergency motions, which is vital to your understanding of the day’s business. Twitter During conference week, we will be tweeting live from the Auditorium. For updates on who’s speaking, when agenda items are about to start and how conference has voted, follow us at: www.twitter.com/LibDemConf Conference Rally Yes To Reform! Winning The Battle Hosted by Art Malik. With Nick Clegg, Jo Swinson, Martin Bell, Pam Giddy and Keith Sharp. A rally with the Electoral Reform Society to launch Liberal Democrat support for the Yes! To Fairer Votes campaign in next year’s AV referendum. Saturday 18th September 18.30 – 19.30. Auditorium, ACC Liverpool. Conference photo pass required for entry. Conference Timetable Please note that timings are approximate only. Some items of business may occur earlier than indicated. If no page number is indicated next to a session or item of business, there are no changes or additional information to that in the Conference Agenda. Saturday 18th September Morning 10.00–12.30 Consultative Sessions Health, Voluntary Sector, IT and Intellectual Property, School Governance, Candidates Review 13.30 Deadline for submitting questions Reports of the European Parliamentary Party, F10 Saturday 18th September Afternoon 14.30–14.35 F1 Formal Opening of the Federal Conference by Baroness Walmsley 14.35–14.45 F2 Report Federal Conference Committee 14.45–14.55 F3 Report Federal Policy Committee 14.55–15.40 F4 Policy Motion The Award of a UK National Defence Medal to Service Veterans 15.40–15.50 F5 Report Federal Finance and Administration Committee 15.50–16.15 F6 Party Business Membership Subscriptions and Federal Levy 16.15–17.00 F7 Policy Motion Transactions Transparency and Conflicts–of–Interest in Government 17.00–17.10 F8 Report Campaign for Gender Balance 17.10–17.20 F9 Report Diversity and Engagement Group 17.20–17.30 F10 Report European Parliamentary Party Sunday 19th September Morning 09.00–09.10 F11 Report Federal Executive 09.10–09.20 F12 Party Business Appointment of Federal Appeals Panel 09.20–10.20 F13 Policy Motion Press Complaints Commission 10.20–10.40 F14 Speech Tavish Scott MSP 10.40–12.20 F15 Consultative Session Strategy 12.20–12.40 F16 Speech Danny Alexander MP 12.40 Deadline for submitting questions for the Q&A session with Nick Clegg, F18 Sunday 19th September Afternoon 14.30–14.50 F17 Presentation Welsh Liberal Democrats 14.50–15.35 F18 Q&A Session Nick Clegg MP 15.35–16.15 F19 Policy Motion Human Rights and the ‘War on Terror’ 16.15–16.35 F20 Speech Jeremy Browne MP 16.35–18.00 F21 Policy Motion Accountability to the Poor (International Development Policy Paper) Monday 20th September Morning 09.00–11.00 F22 Consultative Session Facing the Future 11.00–12.20 F23 Policy Motion Free Schools and Academies 12.20–12.40 F24 Speech Kirsty Williams AM Monday 20th September Afternoon 14.30–15.35 F25 Policy Motion Green Taxation 15.35–16.00 F26 Party Business Party Awards 16.00–17.15 F27 Speech Nick Clegg MP 17.30–18.00 F28 SO Amendment Day Visitors Speaking at Conference F29 SO Amendment Questions to Parliamentary Party Reports F30 SO Amendment Summation Speakers F31 SO Amendment Where to speak from Tuesday 21st September Morning 09.00–09.55 F32 Policy Motion Localism 09.55–10.15 F33 Speech Lord McNally 10.15–11.20 F34 Policy Motion Ensuring Fairness in a Time of Austerity 11.20 Deadline for submitting questions for the Q&A session on Public Services and Benefits, F37 11.20–12.20 F35 Policy Motion Equal Marriage in United Kingdom 12.20–12.40 F36 Speech Simon Hughes MP 12.4 Deadline for submitting questions for the Reports of the Parliamentary Parties, F41 Tuesday 21st September Afternoon 14.30–15.15 F37 Q&A Session Public Services and Benefits 15.15–15.35 F38 Speech Chris Huhne MP 15.35–16.05 F39a Emergency Motion Pakistan Floods 16.05-16.35 F39b Topical Issue Building a Low Carbon Economy 16.35–16.55 F40 Presentation Liberal Democrat Group on Fife Council 16.55–17.35 F41 Reports Parliamentary Parties of the Liberal Democrats 17.35–18.00 F42 Constitutional Am. Election of Local Authority Councillors to Federal Committees F43 Constitutional Am. Substitution for the Leader on the Federal Policy Committee 18.00 Deadline for submitting questions for the Q&A session on Crime and Justice Issues, F47 Wednesday 22nd September Morning 09.00–09.45 F44 Emergency Motion One motion to be selected by ballot 09.45–11.15 F45 Party Business Diversity 11.15–11.35 F46 Speech Lynne Featherstone MP 11.35–12.20 F47 Q&A Session Crime and Justice Issues 12.20–12.40 F48 Speech Vince Cable MP 12.40 Deadline for submitting questions for the Q&A session with Lib Dem Cabinet Ministers, F50 Wednesday 22nd September Afternoon 14.30–14.50 F49 Speech Don Foster MP 14.50–15.35 F50 Q&A Session Liberal Democrat Cabinet Ministers 15.35–15.45 F51 Formal Close of the Federal Conference by Baroness Scott of Needham Market Saturday 18th September Morning 10.00–12.30 Consultative Sessions Health Grace Suite 1 Chair: Paul Burstow MP Hilton Liverpool Rapporteur: To be announced Voluntary Sector Grace Suite 2 Chair: Baroness Barker of Anagach Hilton Liverpool Rapporteurs: Victoria White and Giles Derrington IT and Intellectual Property Grace Suite 3 Chair: Dr Julian Huppert MP Hilton Liverpool Rapporteur: Thomas King School Governance Meeting Room 6/7 Chair: Baroness Joan Walmsley Hilton Liverpool Rapporteur: Denys Robinson Candidates Review Meeting Room 4/5 Chair: Sal Brinton Hilton Liverpool Rapporteur: To be announced Following the General Election, Baroness Ros Scott and the Federal Executive asked Sal Brinton to conduct a review of candidates, selection and election processes, their experiences and how we can improve the diversity of our candidates. This is a drop in consultation session, so if you have views on how we can improve and change things, then please do come and share your views. Consultation Papers for all these sessions can be found at: www.libdems.org.uk/autumnconferencepapers. Saturday 18th September Afternoon 14.35 Party Business F2 Report of the Federal Conference Committee Q1 Submitted by Peter Tyzack We recognise that Conference Committee have a lot to do in the last weeks before conference, but don’t you think that 6th September is rather too early for the submission deadlines, given that local larties will want to agree/ratify any questions to reports, amendments or emergency motions being put in their name? Q2 Submitted by Peter Tyzack When a local party has submitted a motion to conference, don’t you think it would be a simple courtesy to discuss with its authors any proposal to composite their motion with that from another local party? 14.45 Party Business F3 Report of the Federal Policy Committee Q1 Submitted by Peter Tyzack In the interests of equality, and to make clear that we value the input from party members of all backgrounds, don’t you think that whenever the Federal Party seeks members to voluntarily take part in an activity for the party that ‘expenses refundable’ should be included in the invite/advert? Q2 Submitted by Suzanne Fletcher The report states that discussion groups on policy are set up on ACT. However this is a site open to the public, and there is no differentiation on the site as to who is a party member or not. Given the importance now of our policies and their development, should the Federal Policy Committee be giving consideration to securer ways that party members can engage in such discussions? 16.15 Policy Motion F7 Transactions Transparency and Conflicts-of-Interest in Government Amendment One ALDC After 3 (line 52), insert: 4. The Government to enter into discussion with the Local Government Association with a view to securing similar changes in the law affecting local government in England. 5. The devolved administrations to undertake equivalent discussions with the local government bodies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 17.10 Party Business F9 Report of the Diversity and Engagement Group Q1 Submitted by Andrew Hudson 40% of the Liberal Democrat MPs in the House of Commons attended fee paying schools compared with 7% of the public; will the group consider this imbalance? Sunday 19th September Morning 09.00 Party Business F11 Report of the Federal Executive Q1 Submitted by Tony Vickers Unlike our Coalition Government partners, this party has secured the overwhelming democratic backing of its grassroots in the country for the Agreement. This is largely thanks to Federal Executive’s role, supported by Federal Conference Committee in organising a special conference. However the Agreement seems to many of us to need regular refreshing as the Parliament progresses, to take account of external events – perhaps through an annual negotiation process. How will FE play a role in maintaining the backing of the party for what its Ministers in Government are doing, thereby strengthening their hand? Q2 Submitted by Elizabeth Wilson a) What due diligence was undertaken by the Campaigns Department prior to recommending to constituencies the MediaGroup deal (for campaign literature and delivery to Royal Mail)? b) What dates were agreed with MediaGroup about the time- critical delivery of election literature? c) On whose authority were delivery dates to Royal Mail changed, so that some (initial) mailings arrived days after postal votes? d) Why and on whose authority was a decision made that no assistance would be offered to individual constituencies to negotiate reductions in payment to MediaGroup prior to submitting election returns? e) What role did the Federal Executive have in agreeing to the MediaGroup deal? f) What discussion took place with Federal Executive when it became known that there were widespread problems with MediaGroup? g) What further action will the party take to seek e.g. ex- gratia payments to constituencies that were let down? Q3 Submitted by Suzanne Fletcher What opportunities for input will there be from candidates and campaigners into the review of the general election by the Campaign and Communications Committee? Q4 Submitted by Suzanne Fletcher Given that a number of members of professional paid staff have unfortunately had to be made redundant, will there be a review of the conclusions of the Bones Review, giving more authority to party officers, and looking again at engaging with and developing skills of volunteers ? Q5 Submitted by Suzanne Fletcher What steps are being taken, given that a number of members of professional paid staff have unfortunately had to be made redundant, to improve communications with party members, particularly those who are active on the ground and need to have timely and accurate information on what policy announcements are specifically Liberal Democrat initiatives and polices; which are Conservative initiatives modified. 09.20 Policy Motion F13 Press Complaints Commission Federal Conference Committee has agreed to accept the following drafting changes into the text of the motion: In line 7, delete: ‘a report by’, and insert: ‘comments by the then chairman of the’, and in line 8 delete: ‘published’. In b) (line 13), delete: ‘particularly if that editor is the PCC Chair, as in 2008–9’. In 1 (line 27), delete: ‘make a clear commitment to reforming’, and insert: ‘insist on reforms to’. Amendment One Liberal Youth In 1 (line 27), delete: ‘Make a clear commitment to reforming the PCC to make it independent of serving editors’, and insert: ‘Insist on reforms to the PPC to make it more independent of serving editors by having 2/3 lay members to 1/3 industry representatives as suggested by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. Ensure further reform by including lay members, and members from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where applicable on the Editors Code of Practise Committee’. Amendment Two Filton and Bradley Stoke After 3 (after line 31), add: 4. Insist on a full review of the Code of Conduct to bring about higher standards of press responsibility and probity. There will be a separate vote on the words ‘including financial penalties’ in line 20. Sunday 19th September Afternoon 14.30 Party Business F17 Presentation: Welsh Liberal Democrats The presentation will feature: - Christine Humphreys President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats - Kirsty Williams AM Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats - Wyn Williams - Cllr Aled Roberts Leader of Wrexham Council - Veronica German AM 15.35 Policy Motion F19 Human Rights and the ‘War on Terror’ Federal Conference Committee has agreed to accept the following drafting changes into the text of the motion: In 4 (line 11), after ‘hold an’, insert: ‘judge-led’. After 4 (line14), insert: 5. Conference notes the failure of some of the previous government’s inquiries to demonstrate their independence and impartiality. After 5 i) (line 38), insert: j) The initial and continuing training of intelligence operatives about the UK’s and their own obligations under the UN conventions on torture and human rights. k) The extent and level of pressure applied by the UK government to the US government to meet the US’s obligations under the UN conventions on torture and human rights, both in conflict zones and detention centres such as Guantanamo Bay. Delete 6 (lines 39–42), and insert: 6. Conference also believes that the purposes of the inquiry would be undermined if submissions or its examinations of witnesses are secret and conclusions are not made public unless the reason is strictly to avoid compromising the necessary working methods of the military or security services. It therefore calls for all evidence and questioning to be public and calls on the Prime Minister to commit to publish all the inquiry’s conclusions, except where such publicity or publication would genuinely compromise operational effectiveness. After 6 (line 42), add: 7. Conference believes it is important to ensure that both the public and torture victims in respect of whom the complicity of the government or the intelligence services is alleged can have confidence in the inquiry’s thoroughness, impartiality and rigour in securing full disclosure and accountability. Conference therefore calls on the government to ensure that the inquiry’s detailed terms of reference and procedures provide, irrespective of past or present roles of the inquiry’s leadership, demonstrable independence from the Intelligence Services, such as in regard to decisions on secrecy for witnesses or evidential material. 16.35 Policy Motion F21 Accountability to the Poor (International Development Policy Paper) Federal Conference Committee has agreed to accept the following drafting changes into the text of the motion: After 3 h) (line 54), insert: i) Increasing transparency, democratic control and the cost- effectiveness of EU development aid, by incorporating the European Development Fund into the EU budget. In 4 a) (line 59), after ‘programmes’, insert: ‘and calls for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to be implemented effectively’. In 4 f) (line 65) after ‘people’, insert: ‘, with help being given to those who were previously child soldiers by setting up a fund to help re-integrate former child soldiers back in to mainstream society, and older people and people with disabilities’. Amendment One Gordon In 3 h) (line 53), delete ‘stopping financial aid’, and insert: ‘reviewing the way we provide support’. Amendment Two Greater Reading In 5 g) (line 78) after ‘2010’, insert: ‘and additionally to shut UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO), without transferring its functions elsewhere, and ending export credit support for military goods’. There will also be a separate vote on: ‘instead of new global issue-based funds’ in 2 e) (line 31). Monday 20th September Morning 11:00 Policy Motion F23 Free Schools and Academies Amendment One 10 conference representatives After 7 (line 31), add: 8. Increasing the amount of discrimination on religious grounds in pupil admissions and the employment of teaching staff, and denying children access to broad and balanced Religious Education about the range of different world views held in society. Amendment Two 10 conference representatives Delete lines 16–31, and insert: In relation to free schools, conference notes the potential risks to local communities that these pose, including: A. Creating surplus school places and hence inefficiency at a time of fiscal constraint. B. Affecting special educational needs provision. C. Increasing the complexity of admissions procedures. D. Disadvantaging parents who do not possess social capital. E. Top slicing the funding available for school capital projects. Conference therefore urges Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians to work within government and Parliament to ensure that: 1. The requirement is maintained for all publicly-funded schools to follow a national admissions code agreed by Parliament and monitored and coordinated locally by local authorities. 2. Local authorities are granted responsibility for the regulatory oversight role of all schools in their area. 3. Capital funding for community school buildings and refurbishments is not prejudiced by the costs of establishing free schools and is a priority for further investment as soon as economic circumstances allow. 4. Any capital funding for new ‘free schools’ is concentrated in areas where there is clear demand for new places, to reduce the risks of creating surplus at a time of fiscal constraint. 5. The SEN Review launched by the Minister of State for Children and Families explicitly considers how the interests of all children with SEN can be protected within an increasingly diverse range of school providers. Conference further asserts that the most important step for improving educational outcomes, particularly for those from less privileged backgrounds, is through increased investment targeted at those who need it most. Conference urges the coalition government to set the pupil premium at a level which ensures all children have the opportunity to succeed. Monday 20th September Afternoon 14.30 Policy Motion F25 Green Taxation Amendment One Oldham After 3 (line 19), add: 4. Insist that the Government should set a target of securing not less than 10% of its revenue from environmental taxes by 2015, thus positioning the UK amongst the better performing members of the EU. There will be separate votes on a) (line 7) and 2 (lines 16– 17). 17.30 Party Business F28 Standing Order Amendment: Day Visitors Speaking at Conference This Standing Order Amendment has been submitted by City of Chester and Women Liberal Democrats. Tuesday 21st September Morning 09.00 Policy Motion F32 Localism Amendment One Bognor Regis & Littlehampton After 1 (line 15), insert: 2. Proportional representation should be introduced for local government elections in England. 10.15 Policy Motion F34 Ensuring Fairness in a Time of Austerity Amendment One North East Region and Stockton In 4 (line 44), after ‘homes’, insert: ‘redressing the situation left by the last government in the need for more social rented housing, while acknowledging the need to put in place measures to protect people who are vulnerable, including children and elderly people, from the threat of homelessness and other effects of a reduced income because of proposed housing and other benefit changes’. Amendment Two Women Liberal Democrats and Chilterns Region After 7 (line 50), insert: 8. Safeguard universal child benefit in conjunction with progressive taxation in order to provide a reliable source of income protection throughout childhood. Amendment Three 10 conference representatives After 7 (line 50), insert: 8. Ensure that any cuts to welfare benefits are progressive in nature: reducing benefits enjoyed by the most affluent before cutting benefits for the poorest and most vulnerable. There will be a separate vote on the second sentence of 3 (lines 38–41). 11.20 Policy Motion F35 Equal Marriage in United Kingdom Applicability: Federal, subject to the consent of the Scottish Parliament. Federal Conference Committee has agreed to accept the following drafting changes into the text of the motion: In 2 (line 27), after ‘celebrants’, insert: ‘who wish to do so’. In 4 (line 32) delete ‘simplistic’, and insert: ‘simple and straightforward’. Amendment One 10 conference representatives After ii) (line 5), insert: iii) Humanist celebrants are currently not permitted to conduct marriages in England and Wales. Delete 2 (lines 27–28), and insert: 2. To allow approved religious and humanist celebrants who wish to do so to legally solemnise and celebrate same-sex and mixed sex marriages and civil partnerships in any authorised place. 12.20 Party Business F36 Speech by Simon Hughes MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats There will be a tribute to the late Sir Cyril Smith (1928– 2010) before this speech. Tuesday 21st September Afternoon 14.30 Party Business F37 Question and Answer Session on Public Services and Benefits The deadine for conference representatives to submit concise questions (maximum 25 words) on a form collected from and submitted to the Speakers’ Table is 11.20 on Tuesday 21st September. 15.35 Emergency Motion F39a Pakistan Floods 10 conference representatives Conference expresses its deepest sympathy to the families of the 1600 people killed by the floods in Pakistan and extreme concern over the continuing suffering of the estimated 20 million people affected, 7 million critically. Conference notes with concern: i) That hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed, infrastructure has been severely damaged and entire communities have been uprooted within a disaster area the size of England. ii) That the response of the international community so far has been woefully inadequate and that the global aid contribution has fallen far short of that required. iii) The existing political instability in much of the affected region and the consequent threats this poses to aid workers. iv) That natural disasters such as this will occur with increased frequency as a result of man-made climate change and will have a devastating impact on people living in some of the poorest parts of the world. Conference welcomes the extraordinary generosity of British public, who have already donated £54 million to the Pakistan appeal, which, along with Government aid of £64 million, will provide help for 1.5 million people. Conference believes: A. The international community has a duty to provide adequate funding and assistance to alleviate the suffering of the millions affected by the crisis and to ensure the long-term reconstruction of the flooded regions. B. The international community has a shared responsibility to ensure that less economically developed countries have strategies in place to adapt to the impact of climate change, particularly as those countries will be disproportionately affected by a changing climate. C. Good governance is essential to allow countries to reduce the scale and severity of the impact of natural disasters and to ensure that aid is appropriately and effectively distributed, providing immediate and targeted assistance to those most in need. Conference therefore calls for: 1. The Government to use its influence to put pressure on the international community to increase aid contributions. 2. The UK to lend its full support to the Pakistani Government and the UN to assist with: a) The immediate provision of emergency medical equipment, basic sanitation supplies and nutritional support for vulnerable children, nursing mothers and the elderly. b) The implementation of measures to prevent the spread of water borne diseases and avoid further loss of life. c) A properly financed reconstruction programme, restoring local infrastructure and securing the livelihoods of those affected. 3. The Government to renew its efforts to meet challenge of climate change by: a) Pressing for a successful international agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference 2010 in Cancún, Mexico. b) Encouraging the EU to increase its carbon emission reduction target to 30% by 2020. c) Setting the right example by reducing UK carbon emissions by 42% by 2020. d) Securing new international sources of funding for the purpose of climate change adaptation and mitigation in less economically developed countries. 4. The international community, including the British Government, to work with the Pakistani Government to extend the country’s capacity to lessen the humanitarian impact of crises such as this by: a) Ensuring the entrenchment of good governance throughout the country. b) Strengthening the accountability and responsiveness of the political structure. c) Improving internal checks to ensure aid is allocated as quickly as possible through established channels. Applicability: Federal. 16.05 Topical Issue F39b Building a Low Carbon Economy Introduced by Neil Stockley. Wednesday 22nd September Morning 09.00 Emergency Motion F44 Emergency Motion There will be a ballot to select one of the following motions to be debated in this time slot. Ballot papers will be published in Sunday’s Conference Daily, and should be returned to the ballot box in the auditorium between 09.00 and 13.00 on Sunday 19th September. Emergency Motion 1: Burma Dover Conference notes: i) The announcement on 31 August 2010 by General Than Shwe that he intends to continue as Burma’s head of government irrespective of the election on 7 November. ii) The ‘reservation’ of 25% of parliamentary seats for the military junta irrespective of how the people of Burma may vote. iii) The outlawing of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy and the exclusion of this and some other democratic parties from taking part in the election. iv) Widespread reports of harassment of candidates and activists opposed to military rule. v) The publication of ‘Crimes in Burma’, a report by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School (‘the Harvard Report’) documenting evidence of decades of human rights abuses by the military junta including forced labour, recruitment of ten of thousands of child soldiers, extrajudicial killings, widespread sexual violence and torture, often aimed at certain ethnic groups. vi) The Harvard Report found that abuses continue and the military leaders responsible have systematically escaped justice and accountability. vii) The international community now has an established record in using judicial process to achieve justice in comparable cases around the world. viii) The Harvard Report further found that although the United Nations has ‘been on notice of severe… widespread and systematic abuses that appear to rise to the level of state policy’ the Security Council has not moved a judicial process forward as it has done in respect of the former Yugoslavia, Darfur, Sierra Leone and other examples. ix) Expressions of interest by the Obama administration in pursuing a more active stance on Burma. Conference Believes a) Free elections and human rights as set out in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights remain the absolute entitlement of every human being. b) Britain, Europe, and all countries that have signed the Universal Declaration have a duty to take all possible steps to uphold the values in the Universal Declaration around the world. c) As called for by the Harvard Report, an international judicial process should now begin in respect of Burma to establish the truth and bring to justice those guilty of serious human rights abuses, as has been done in respect of other territories around the world. d) The unsatisfactory nature of the forthcoming elections in Burma and the determination of those in control of the state during human rights abuses to remain in control makes action all the more urgent. Conference calls for: 1. The UK (by its own means and through the EU) to urgently promote and actively support a United Nations Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged human-rights abuses and grave crimes committed in Burma. 2. The Burmese elections to be run on a free and fair basis open to all parties and without a reservation of power for those who have used force rather than the ballot box to take power in the first place. Applicability: Federal. Emergency Motion 2: EU Directive on Human Trafficking 11 conference representatives Conference notes that on 31st August 2010 the Home Office announced that the Coalition Government will not opt in to the new draft EU Directive on Human Trafficking, which repeals Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA. Conference notes that the new directive includes a series of measures protecting victims of trafficking, such as non- punishment of victims, measures to provide compensation and medical and psychological assistance. Conference notes that on 16th June the Anti-trafficking monitoring body, comprising of charities such as Amnesty International, ECPAT UK and Anti-Slavery International described the Government strategy as ‘not fit for purpose’ and potentially discriminatory. Conference believes that not opting in to the directive will harm international efforts to combat human trafficking. Conference therefore resolves to: 1. Reaffirm the Liberal Democrats’ long standing opposition to all forms of human trafficking. 2. Call on Liberal Democrat ministers to argue strongly for the Coalition Government to opt in to the new directive. Applicability: Federal. Emergency Motion 3: Fixed-term tenancies for Council Housing Bermondsey & Old Southwark Conference notes the comments made by the Prime Minister on the 3rd August 2010, with regard to proposals for fixed-term tenancies for council housing. Conference recognises the chronic shortage of affordable homes and regrets the lack of progress made by the previous Labour Government in this area, with over 1.8 million households currently on housing waiting lists. Conference notes that less than 20% of council tenants earn an above average wage and that fixed-term tenancies would lead to a lack of incentive for council tenants to work hard and earn more for their families. Conference affirms the positive effects of secure tenancies in improving social cohesion, supporting family networks and providing stability. Conference believes that forcing successful families to leave will lead to a revolving door that concentrates poverty and vulnerability, with all of society paying for this policy. Conference proposes that the solution to the current shortage of social housing is to increase the building of affordable homes. Conference calls on the coalition government to: 1. Rule out removing secure tenancies for current and future council tenants. 2. Investigate alternative ways of managing occupancies when circumstances change, such as different levels of rent. 3. Urgently investigate ways to fund an increase in the building of social housing, either by local authorities or housing associations. Applicability: England. Emergency Motion 4: NHS White Paper 10 conference representatives Conference notes the recent government white paper Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS. Conference further notes that existing Liberal Democrat policy: A. Proposes increased local accountability for the NHS through directly elected Local Health Boards. B. Supports empowerment of patients and equity for patients, particularly those with mental health problems. C. Acknowledges the risk of destabilisation of NHS services through the use of private sector providers and sets criteria to minimise this risk. Conference believes that: i) The NHS is best served by co-operation and collaboration between hospitals. ii) The patients with some of the most difficult healthcare requirements, such as elderly patients with multiple medical conditions, are likely to benefit the least from a competitive market, and suffer most where there is lack of co-ordination between providers of services. iii) GP-led commissioning consortia are unlikely to have sufficient expertise in negotiating contracts to eliminate the risk of exploitation by corporate suppliers, and will need to procure specialised and often more expensive commissioning support, creating significant potential for conflicts of interest. iv) A more fragmented health service often leads to poor opportunities for clinical training. v) The white paper proposals will tend to increase choice and service provision in affluent and densely populated areas, and by attracting more services to the centres of population will reduce or remove services in poorer and more sparsely populated areas. In particular conference restates the principles that every provider should: a) Meet all NHS standards for Quality, Information and Communication. b) Demonstrate that it provides value for money and does not undermine the local health economy. c) Ensure that no NHS patient shall receive a diminished service as a result of the introduction of a new provider. Conference therefore urges the Coalition Government to: 1. Legislate to ensure that no company or organisation that offers services in support of the commissioning process should either provide healthcare services directly, or have commercial links to a company or organisation that provides healthcare services. 2. Include in their plans explicit powers for local authorities to intervene if local services are at risk. 3. Ensure that any contract with a provider that does not train clinical staff should include a levy to support training of clinical staff in NHS facilities. Conference also calls on all Liberal Democrat-led local authorities to use the proposed strategic role given to them in the white paper to protect the sustainability of an integrated health service, and to improve cooperation and communication between providers. Applicability: England. Emergency Motion 5: Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill Isle of Wight Conference believes that: i) The moves towards a referendum on the AV voting system and Parliamentary constituencies of more equal size are modest but important steps towards a fairer voting system which has been Liberal Democrat Party policy for many years. ii) Truly fair votes will only be achieved when the United Kingdom has a fully proportionate system in which all citizens votes carry equal value. iii) Seeking to equalise Parliamentary constituency sizes will in a minority of cases where there are overriding community identity considerations be counter-productive and will lack public support. iv) The review must take account of local community identities, social cohesion and special circumstances on a wider basis than the already acknowledged special cases of Orkney and Shetland and the Western Isles. Conference calls upon the Government, in exceptional circumstances, to allow constituencies to be formed or to continue in their present form which vary from the average size by more than the prescribed 5% where it can be shown that: 1. The exceptional proposal enjoys substantial local support. 2. The exceptional proposal takes account of unusual local geographical features, for example an Island community. 3. The exceptional proposal does not create a Parliamentary constituency with a greater population than the largest constituency at the time of the review (but accepting that modest future population increases may result in a slightly larger population over time). Applicability: Federal. Emergency Motion 6: Trident Winchester & Chandler’s Ford and 30 conference representatives Conference notes that: i) In July the Chancellor announced that the Ministry of Defence will have to fund the £20–£30bn capital costs of a ‘like-for-like’ replacement for Trident. ii) The Defence Secretary has warned that this means severe restrictions in the way Britain operates militarily, regiments could be axed or the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy amalgamated. iii) The exclusion of Trident from the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) is now untenable; it should be included and receive the scrutiny which strategic, political and financial circumstances demand. Conference calls on the Liberal Democrat ministers to: 1. Press for the extension of the SDSR to allow a full review of the alternatives to ‘like-for-like’ replacement of Trident. 2. Ensure the SDSR considers cost-saving options such as ending continuous at-sea patrols and extending the life of Vanguard submarines. 3. Ensure the SDSR makes explicit the opportunity cost of Trident replacement – in terms of cuts to troop numbers and equipment programmes. Applicability: Federal. 09.45 Party Business F45 Diversity Federal Conference Committee has agreed to accept the following drafting changes into the text of the motion: After V (line 25), insert: VI A major impediment to diversity is a lack of potential applicants coming forward for approval as candidates. Amendment One Hammersmith & Fulham In 2 b) (line 45) after ‘politics.’, insert: ‘The review shall be submitted to the President and Leader no later than 1st December 2010 for consideration in the context of proposals for a reformed second chamber.’. After 2 b) (line 45), insert: c) Among other issues, the review will consider the viability of parliamentary job-shares and other forms of flexible working which have successfully increased the participation, retention and promotion of women in many private and public sector workplaces. Amendment Two 13 conference representatives Delete 3 (lines 46–54). In 4 a) (lines 57–59) delete: ‘set targets for BAME representation in line with national and regional Office of National Statistics data; and decide on outcomes within agreed timescales.’ After 4 a) (line 59), insert: Commit to the urgent enhancement at all levels of the party of existing measures (including the required, dedicated staff time, and senior staff responsibility) to ensure that: a) BAME party members are identified, encouraged, trained and supported in being approved, seeking and gaining selection in all types of seats, and winning and defending seats on representative bodies. b) Approval panels and selection committees receive any guidance and training they need to ensure fairness. 5. Targets to be set and publicised for State and (in England) Regional Parties to dramatically increase the number of BAME on the list of approved candidates, with a target of 100 extra BAME candidates on the list of approved candidates to be achieved by Autumn 2012. Delete 4 b) and 4 c) (lines 60–63). There will be separate votes on the words ‘and council’ in 3 a) (line 48), and on 4 c) (lines 62–63). Wednesday 22nd September Afternoon 14.50 Party Business F50 Question and Answer Session with Liberal Democrat Cabinet Ministers The panel will also include: - Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP Chief Secretary to the Treasury Visit Us Online! Our website contains all the conference information you need. For detailed information on motions and voting, registration and accommodation, participating in our fringe and exhibition, and much more, visit www.libdems.org.uk/conference. Want to win over the next five years? 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