A Guide to Proposing our Model Motion on the Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Manifesto to your Labour Party Branch

A Labour Party branch usually covers the area of a local council ward.

Make sure you know which branch you are in, when and where it meets, and who the Secretary is.

You can find out this information from your Constituency Labour Party (CLP) Secretary, whose name, email address and phone number is on your Labour Party membership card.

Submit the motion to your branch secretary.

It should then be on the agenda of the next meeting.

At that meeting, the Chair will ask for someone to second your motion. You might want to ask someone to do this in advance.

Then you will speak in favour of your motion, explaining why you want people to vote for it.

You might want to prepare a few points in advance.

You could mention how discrimination or hostility has impacted on you or people you know; or perhaps pick one or two policies from the Manifesto to highlight.

Remember that not everyone will be familiar with the terminology, so explain words like ‘neurodiversity’.

After you have spoken, the motion’s seconder will speak in favour of it if they want to (but they may prefer to second it ‘formally’; i.e. not make a speech).

Then there will be a debate. Members may ask questions, speak for, against or just about the motion.

Members may propose amendments i.e. changes to the text of the motion. You can decide whether to accept an amendment (if you agree with it) or not accept it (if you disagree with it or want it to be voted on separately).

If you do not accept an amendment, there will then be a mini-debate about the amendment; its proposer and seconder will speak in favour of it, and others (including you) may speak against it.

Then there will be a vote on the amendment.

If more people vote in favour of it than against it, it is passed, and your motion will be changed accordingly.

If more people vote against than in favour, then it will fall.

If the vote is tied, then the Chair of the meeting may cast a vote for or against, which will decide the outcome.

After all the debate, and any amendments have been dealt with, you get to speak, replying to any points that you want to reply to.

Then there will be a vote.

If more people vote for than against, it is passed. If more vote against than for, it falls.

If it is tied, the Chair will have a casting vote.

Once your motion is passed, please confirm with the Branch Secretary that they will forward it to the CLP.

And please let ND Labour know of your success!

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