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Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day Four, Monday 28th September

September 23, 2020 6:00 PM

Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day four, MONday 28th September

The first session on the final day of Conference commences at 2pm and is taken up with Party Business

Followed by:

A SpeEch by Lib Dems party Leader, ED DAVEY MP commencING at 2.50pm

Ed Davey MP, Lib Dem Leader

Following a one hour break there follows a Consultative session at 5pm:

The World after Covid-19

In the light of challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic how different do we want the World to be, post Covid-19?

Followed at 6.05pm by:

Emergency Motion or Topical Discussion

The motion or topic will be drawn from a number submitted in advance and determined by members by a ballot of those registered for Conference

The following foreign policy motion is at 6.50pm and is scheduled in the Agenda to be moved by Alistair Carmichael MP

(Note: Layla Moran MP has now been appointed Lib Dem Foreign Affairs spokesperson)Layla Moran: Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

Alistair Carmichael ()

Hong Kong's Future

In the last 18 months, up to two million people, across different socio-economic backgrounds, have taken to the streets of Hong Kong, calling for democratic reforms. This motion recognises that the UK has a moral and legal duty to ensure that democracy, the rule of law and human rights are upheld in Hong Kong. It calls on the government to:

  • Expand their proposals so that all Hong Kongers are given a pathway to citizenship in the UK, regardless of whether or not they have BNO status
  • Enact Magnitsky legislation and encourage mutual action from other countries to hold Hong Kong and Chinese officials responsible to account in the event of any gross breaches of human rights in Hong Kong

Read the full motion here

The final business motion to Conference is at 7.40pm as follows:

Supporting Trans and Non-Binary People Within the Liberal Democrats

This motion notes that the UK government has shelved proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act despite 70% of respondents to the government's consultation being in favour of self-definition. With recognition that people should be free to define their gender as they choose, and have that choice respected, this motion calls for:

  • Liberal Democrat HQ and all venues for federal and regional conferences to have at least one gender-neutral toilet facility
  • Conference passes to include preferred pronouns for all attendees, with all attendees permitted to specify their preferred pronouns at the time of registration or to opt not to have pronouns shown on their pass
  • Presenters, chairs and stewards at party events and training sessions to be given guidance on avoiding unnecessarily gendered language

Read the full motion here

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