Why Motions Matter
Any Labour Party member can submit a motion to their branch. You just need to email it to your branch secretary a week before the meeting. You give your own name as a proposer and the name of someone else in your branch as a seconder.
If you don’t know who your branch secretary is or know anyone who can second a motion then contact Heather if you’re in Hackney South or Tom if you’re in Hackney North (contact details below).
Motions are a way for you to get something on the agenda of your branch meeting. There’s always a vote on motions and if your motion passes it stands a good chance of getting on the agenda of the monthly constituency GM so that Labour members across Hackney North or South will debate it. It’s a key way of helping establish our policies and what we stand for.
A motion can be on any topic from a local issue (council plans in Hackney, local industrial action etc) to a national or international issue (the Brexit negotiations, the UK’s response to the refugee crisis etc). You can also write motions about the Labour Party itself. Motions can be short – simply stating a position on an issue – or long – detailing a set of positions and actions following from these.
You don’t always have to write your own motion from scratch. Many campaign groups put together model motions and make these available online for you to adapt.
An example of a motion that passed last month in Hackney South is given below.
Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour wants to put on record its call for a full public inquiry into the actions of the police at the Orgreave coking plant on 18th June 1984 during the miners’ strike of 1984-85.
Along with ex miners, their families, campaigners from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, members of Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour waited patiently for nearly 2 and half years for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to complete their “scoping” exercise, investigating whether to investigate the actions of the police on that day.
The IPCC report conceded that “the unwillingness to disclose evidence of wrongdoing by officers does raise doubts about the ethical standards of officers in the highest ranks of the South Yorkshire Police at the time”.
The Home Office at this point issued the following statement:-
“The Home Secretary will consider any request she receives to set up a public inquiry into Orgreave”.
The Home Secretary has been in receipt of the legal submission submitted by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, since 15th December 2015 and as not yet responded to their requests for this inquiry or for a second meeting with Theresa May.
Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour believes that the issue of Orgreave is of local and national importance to all the public as the style of policing undertaken at the time was in our names. A full investigation into the military style policing used on that day is now long overdue and only a full public inquiry can fully investigate this.
Hackney South and Shoreditch therefore calls on the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, to order a full public inquiry into the deployment and actions of the police on 18th June 1984 and to conduct meaningful discussions with the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, the NUM and concerned MPs.