Young Fabian AGM proposed motions and constitutional amendments

Please find the proposed motions and constitutional amendments to be put the Young Fabian AGM on Saturday 19 November 2016.

Emergency Motion on awarding Kirith Ahluwalia and Charlotte Norton voting rights

Proposer : The Young Fabian National Executive Committee 2017 ; Kirith Ahluwalia, Nathaneal Amos-Sansam, Ria Bernard, Emma Booth,  Kyalo Burt-Fulcher, Luke John Davies, Ellie Groves, Rebecca Meredith, Miriam Mirwitch, Charlotte Norton, Jack  Phipps, Jakub Stawiski, Jade Symonds, Ben West

Seconder: Martin Edobor 

This Young Fabian AGM notes that:

1)      Kirith Ahluwalia and Charlotte Norton were denied a place on the Young Fabian Executive, despite receiving more votes than three (3) of the (6) men elected.

2)      This goes clearly against the spirit of Article 3.2 “Gender Parity on the National Executive” of the Young Fabian constitution.

This Young Fabian AGM further notes that:

1)      The newly-elected Young Fabian Executive has taken steps to address this issue, including:

  1. Co-opting Kirith Ahluwalia and Charlotte Norton onto the National Executive;
  2. Provisionally granting Kirith Ahluwalia and Charlotte Norton voting rights on the National Executive, pending confirmation by the AGM.

2)      Changes to the Young Fabian constitution have been proposed, and these are designed to safeguard against a similar situation occurring in the future.

This Young Fabian AGM therefore resolves:

1)      To confirm the decision by the newly-elected National Executive committee to co-opt Kirith Ahluwalia and Charlotte Norton to the National Executive.

2)      To confirm the decision by the newly elected National Executive committee to grant Kirith Ahluwalia and Charlotte Norton voting rights on the National Executive.

This Young Fabian AGM further resolves:

1)      That this is an extraordinary motion to address a specific electoral issue, which will be resolved by constitutional changes, and that this procedure shall not be used to grant co-optees voting rights this year or in following years.

 

Constitutional Amendment to the Gender Clause 3.2

To replace article 3.2 “Gender Parity in the Executive Committee” in the Constitution with article 3.2 “Gender Representation on the Executive Committee”

Proposer : The Young Fabian National Executive Committee 2017 ; Kirith Ahluwalia, Nathaneal Amos-Sansam, Ria Bernard, Emma Booth,  Kyalo Burt-Fulcher, Luke John Davies, Ellie Groves, Rebecca Meredith, Miriam Mirwitch, Charlotte Norton, Jack  Phipps, Jakub Stawiski, Jade Symonds, Ben West

Seconder: Martin Edobor 

The full text of the new Article 3.2 Gender Representation on the Executive Committeeshall read as follows:

“The Executive Committee of the Young Fabians shall consist of twelve (12) members, at least six (6) of which self-define as women, or do not define as a cis-gendered man. The procedure for electing members shall be as follows:

The six (6) candidates among those who self-define as female, or do not define as a cis-gendered man, with the highest votes in the elections shall be the first elected to the executive committee.

Of the remainder of the candidates, the six (6) candidates with the highest number of votes, regardless of gender identity, shall be elected onto the committee.

No ballots shall go out to the membership until a minimum of six (6) candidates who identify as being a member of each gender have been nominated.

Should a member of the Executive Committee resign or be removed by the membership they shall be replaced by the candidate with the highest number of votes in the Executive Committee elections who was unsuccessful in obtaining a place on the Committee, regardless of that individual’s gender identity. However, if one of the top six women or member who does not define as a cis-gendered man is to resign or be removed by the membership, they will be replaced with the next member who is female or does not identify as a cis-gendered man. This clause is to ensure gender balance.

The Executive Committee must also ensure candidates who self-define as women, or do not define as a cis-gendered man, are elected to at least two (2) amongst the four (4) most senior roles on the Committee: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary.”

 

Constitutional Amendment to the voting on Young Fabians National Committee elections

Proposer: Dominic Breen

Seconder: Stephen Curtis

In order to be successfully nominated as a candidate for election to the Young Fabian National Executive, any candidate must have been a full member of the Young Fabians for at least 90 days prior to the deadline for nominations for that election. Any nomination for a candidate not eligible as per this measure shall be invalid and such the candidate shall not appear on the ballot paper for the election.

Any member of the Young Fabians may vote in elections for the Young Fabian National Executive Committee provided they have been a full member of the Young Fabians for at least 90 days prior to the date that nominations for candidates for that election close. Any vote cast by a member ineligible to vote under clause 3 shall not be counted.

 

Motion , Liberation Groups

Proposer: Jakub Stawiski

Seconder: Luke John Davies

This Young Fabian AGM notes:

1)      That, in the recent Young Fabian elections, a National Executive was elected with insufficient BAME representation.

2)      That this is has coincided with a National Executive election which denied two female candidates, Kirith Ahluwalia and Charlotte Norton, a place on the executive despite receiving more votes than three (3) out of the six (6) men elected.

3)      That issues regarding the specific sensibilities and issues of liberation groups have been raised in the past year, including, but not only, disabilities and non-binary representation.

This Young Fabian AGM further notes:

1)      That there is no constitutional provision for liberation groups to have their interests separately represented within the Young Fabians.

2)      That the Safe Space Policy, implemented last year, has worked well, but does not provide for the separate representation of liberation group issues within the Young Fabians.

3)      That the existing policy network structure is not suited for representing the interests of liberation groups, and, moreover, is not designed to represent the issues of liberation groups within the Young Fabians.

This Young Fabian AGM therefore resolves:

1)      To promote the establishment of initially informal liberation groups within the Young Fabians, such as: Young Fabians BAME Forum, Young Fabians Disabilities Forum, Young Fabians LGBT Forum, and Young Fabians Women’s Forum.

2)      That at least five members will be necessary to form a liberation group within the Young Fabians.

3)      That liberation groups will be accessible to all Young Fabian members who self-define within that group.

4)      That the role and purpose of these liberation groups is to provide a space for self-defining Young Fabian members to meet and network with others to facilitate improved representation of minority groups within the wider Young Fabian movement.

5)      That Young Fabian liberation groups may elect a Chair, a Secretary, and decide on any additional roles required to create an effective structure.

6)      That Young Fabian liberation groups should be consulted by Networks and the Executive when producing policy documents in order that all Young Fabian output take liberation issues into account.

7)      That all Young Fabian liberation groups be invited to any Executive Committee meetings in order to provide input on how issues debated by the Executive Committee affect liberation groups.

8)      That Young Fabian liberation groups should opine Annual General Meeting motions to the membership, in order to judge the effect that they might have on liberation representation within the organisation.  

9)      That any Young Fabian liberation groups created over the next year will report to the next AGM on solutions to increase the representation of their liberation group within the Young Fabians.

 

This Young Fabian AGM further resolves:

1)      That the Young Fabians National Executive will be the organ provisionally responsible for approving the creation of these groups, until the next AGM.

2)      That Young Fabian liberation groups shall be seen as independent from Networks and the Executive Committee, and that no members of Network Steering Committees or the Executive Committee may be elected as Chair, Secretary or to any other formal role within a Young Fabian liberation group.

3)      That the incorporation of liberation groups into the Young Fabian constitution shall be debated at the next AGM.

 

Motion on The Young Fabians and Young European Socialists relationship

Proposer: Jakub Stawiski

Seconder: Charlotte Norton

The following motion is relevant to the ongoing debate within the Young Fabians regarding full YES membership.

The Young Fabians recognise that Britain is at its most vulnerable when it is at its most isolated.

The Young Fabians recognise that the economic and social realities have changed in Britain after the referendum on Britain's EU membership, and that the Young Fabians, as a member-led think-tank, can play a key role in developing responsive policies.

The Young Fabians recognise the need to maintain close relationships with European institutions and organisations, including youth movements, to develop and promote progressive policies in the UK and across the continent in response to the changing economic circumstances.

The Young Fabians recognise that the Young European Socialists ("YES") play a key part in bringing together those youth movements and associations, and that a closer relationship with YES is desirable.

The Young Fabians therefore mandate the national executive to promote YES events and causes within the Young Fabians, and to assess the benefits of full YES membership for the organisation.

 

Constitutional Amendment to Networks and the National Executive Committee

Proposer: Jakub Stawiski

Seconder: Luke John Davies

This Young Fabian AGM resolves:

1)      To insert between the second and third paragraphs of article 3.6 “Duties” of the constitution the following:

 

“Members of the Executive Committee are able to attend Network Steering Committees, in accordance with article 5.3 “Steering Committee”. However, in order to preserve their impartiality, they do not have a vote in Network Steering Committees and may not serve in any role on Network Steering Committees. A newly-elected Executive Committee member shall be deemed to have resigned from any Network Steering Committee roles they held prior to the election.”

 

2)      To replace the first paragraph of article 5.3 “Steering Committee” of the constitution:

 

“Any member of a network who is also a full member of the Young Fabians may sit on the network's steering committee. Each network must hold an AGM within three months of the Young Fabian's AGM at which they will elect a Chair, Secretary and at least two others to form the network Steering Committee. The committee may decide other roles as it deems appropriate.”

With the following:

“Any member of a network who is also a full member of the Young Fabians may sit on the network's steering committee, excepting Executive Committee members in accordance with article 3.6. Each network must hold an AGM within three months of the Young Fabian's AGM at which they will elect a Chair, Secretary and at least two others to form the network Steering Committee. The committee may decide other roles as it deems appropriate.”

3)      That these constitutional changes will be introduced with immediate effect.

 

Appendix 1

 

The full text of the new Article 3.6 “Duties” shall thus read as follows:

“The Executive Committee shall be the Young Fabians secretariat and leaders who facilitate and oversee the activities of the membership and run day-to-day operations of the Group between General Meetings subject to the Constitution and General Meeting resolutions. The Executive Committee shall be required to encourage and support member activity and not privilege activities led by themselves over that of the members.

The Executive Committee are required to sanction and oversee all the organisations activities, including network activity, newsletters, appoint sub-committees, and groups, sanction publications, meetings, conferences, and research, speaking and media engagements and fundraising.

Members of the Executive Committee are able to attend Network Steering Committees, in accordance with article 5.3 “Steering Committee”. However, in order to preserve their impartiality, they do not have a vote in Network Steering Committees and may not serve in any role on Network Steering Committees. A newly-elected Executive Committee member shall be deemed to have resigned from any Network Steering Committee roles they held prior to the election.

The Executive Committee shall produce a financial plan following the AGM, which shall include a provisional annual budget, a fundraising target and guidance to Executive Committee members on how expenditure should be requested and agreed. The Executive Committee shall preserve the integrity and promote the history of the organisation and all its publications.

The Executive Committee shall maintain and publish a data protection policy for the organisation. The Executive Committee shall nominate two Data Controllers, one of which shall be the Chair, and are responsible to the Executive Committee and Data Controller at the Fabian Society.

Six (6) voting members shall be a quorum of the Executive Committee. Decisions of the Executive Committee are made by a simple majority vote of elected members unless otherwise required by the Constitution. In the event of a tie, the Chair shall have a casting vote.”

 

The full text of the new Article 5.3 “Steering Committee” shall thus read as follows:

“Any member of a network who is also a full member of the Young Fabians may sit on the network's steering committee, excepting Executive Committee members in accordance with article 3.6. Each network must hold an AGM within three months of the Young Fabian's AGM at which they will elect a Chair, Secretary and at least two others to form the network Steering Committee. The committee may decide other roles as it deems appropriate.

Members who wish to sit on the steering committee may do so after the AGM. To do so they must notify the network's secretary in writing of their intention and attend two steering committee meetings as an ordinary member of the network. At the second meeting an election shall be held to approve of their accession to the steering committee by its existing members.

The steering committee must meet a minimum of once every three months and meetings shall be open to all members of the network. Members shall have the right to speak and propose motions at all meetings, but only the steering committee proper may vote on motions.

The time and place of all meetings must be advertised a minimum of fourteen (14) days before the meeting is held.”

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