Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day Three
Federal Conference commences at 10am on Sunday with an Emergency Motion or topical discussion to be determined from motions or items submitted for debate or discussion.
The first motion Racial Justice Cannot Wait is currently scheduled to be moved by Christine Jardine (Note:The newly appointed Spokesperson for Women & Equalities is Wera Hobhouse)
Racial Justice Cannot Wait
The Black Lives Matter protests around the world, most recently sparked by the killing of George Floyd, have highlighted the failings within the UK. BAME people are over-represented throughout the criminal justice system, including being more likely to be stopped and searched, and being more likely to be sentenced to prison once convicted of a crime.
It is unacceptable that, in the 21st century, people are discriminated against on the basis of their race and the party reaffirms its commitment to combat racism. This motion calls on the government to:
- Repealing Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, which allows police officers to stop and search people without suspicion
- Scrap Conservative plans to require voters to bring identification with them to vote, which would present a significant barrier to democratic engagement for already marginalised groups, including BAME communities
- Implementing in full the recommendations of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, without further delay
The afternoon policy debate Save the BBC at 2pm is currently scheduled to be moved by former Suffolk Coastal PPC and current MP for St Albans. Daisy Cooper (Note: The newly appointed Spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is Jamie Stone MP )
Save the BBC
This motion states that the BBC has played a uniquely invaluable role in educating the public on the coronavirus pandemic, and that the broadcaster has a vital and unique place in the UK's media landscape, with a mission to inform, educate and entertain across television, radio and online.
Dismantling the BBC was not in the Conservatives' 2019 manifesto and the government has no mandate to attack the broadcaster. This motion calls for:
- The Conservative government to protect the BBC as an independent, universally available, properly resourced public service broadcaster, and to rule out moving the BBC to a subscription model.
- The BBC's workforce and output at all levels and across all nations and regions to be more diverse and reflective of the country it serves.
Followed by Party Business and the report by the Federal Policy Committee.
The second policy debate A Green Recovery from the Covid-19 Pandemic at 3pm in the afternoon is scheduled to be moved by Bath MP Wera Hobhouse (The newly appointed Spokesperson for Treasury, Brexit, Europe and Trade is Chrsitine Jardine MP)
A Green Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic
As the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19, there is an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild with a real focus on the climate emergency: green growth, creating new green jobs and cutting emissions.
With reaffirmed pledges to Cut emissions by 75 per cent by 2030, and achieve net zero emissions by 2045 at the very latest, this motion calls for:
- Ensuring that support packages for businesses recovering from the impacts of lockdown include, where appropriate, legally binding commitments to reduce emissions
- Working as closely as possible with the EU in tackling the climate emergency, including joining the EU Emission Trading Scheme and fulfilling the UK's climate commitments jointly with the EU
- Ensuring that a large proportion of new jobs created are 'green jobs' and ensure those who are unemployed due to COVID-19 are helped to reskill to fill them
Followed at 5pm by a interview with Willie Rennie MSP Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
The final policy debate on Sunday commences at 5.25pm and will be determined from motions submitted by members.
To ensure a timely and relevant debate on the UK's future relationship with the European Union, there is a spot reserved at conference to debate a motion on Europe that has not yet been chosen.
Once the motion is chosen, it will be available to view on the party website
Conference formally concludes on day three at 6.45pmand continues with late fringe events.
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