Glasgow CfS-Momentum AGM, Motions and Standing Orders

The Glasgow group will be holding the AGM on Thursday 31st of August. Kicking off at 6:30pm at John Smith House on West Regent Street.

The AGM will be electing a new committee, & debating motions.

If you are interested in standing for the committee you can nominate yourself in advance by emailing or you can also self nominate from the floor on the day.

Each member can also submit a motion, the deadline for submitting motions for debate is  by 5pm on Tuesday 29th August to

The proposed Agenda for the night will be as follows: 

1. Attendance

2. Outgoing Committee Report

3. Adoption of standing orders.

4. Nominations for Committee.

5. Guest Speaker: Rhea Wolfson, Labour NEC.

6. Elections for Committee.

7. Motions.

8. Committee results.

9. Guest Speaker, Paul Sweeny MP



Motion A - 

Two priority areas of work for Glasgow CfS-Momentum over the next 12 months are:

- Monthly all-members meetings which have as their prime purpose political discussion and education.

- Building CLP youth sections.

The incoming committee is responsible for implementation of the motion.

Motion B - 

Glasgow Momentum/CfS notes that both Unite (2016 Policy Conference) and the Scottish Left Review now support the mandatory reselection of sitting Labour MPs. Mandatory reselection is essential to ensure that Labour MPs and candidates represent the views of the membership, the overwhelming majority of whom support Corbyn. To that end, the incoming executive is instructed to draft a model resolution in support of mandatory reselection and to coordinate and organise support for the submission of said motion to Glasgow CLPs.

Motion C - 

Glasgow Momentum recognises that the fight to defend workers' rights in France against President Macron's attempt to amend the Labour Code is important to workers throughout Europe. We declare ourselves in solidarity with the workers and youth fighting to preserve existing rights under the current Labour Code and we hope raising further issues in the course of the struggle. Glasgow Momentum will take part in organising meetings, demonstrations and other events in solidarity with the struggle for workers' rights in France.

Motion D - 

Glasgow Momentum will aim to stand a left slate in every CLP AGM in Glasgow and a left candidate for casual vacancies on CLP ECs and local bodies like the LCF where they occur. The incoming Executive to keep a view of the number of Momentum supporters in each CLP EC.

Executive Proposal -

The name of the Glasgow group will be either:

1. Campaign for Socialism

2. Campaign for Socialism-Momentum

3. Momentum 


Proposed Standing Orders which will be voted on:

Standing Orders for

Glasgow Momentum/Campaign for Socialism Executive Committee

1) Membership:

Membership of the Executive Committee consists of: Chair; Secretary; Data Officer; Social Media and Media Officer; Campaigns Officer; two members from each Glasgow CLP (at least one of whom must be female).

Members are elected at the AGM of Glasgow Momentum/CfS members. Where there are functioning CLP Momentum/CfS groups, they will elect the two members from their CLP.

2) Role of Executive Committee:

The role of the Executive Committee is to: ensure implementation of decisions taken by Glasgow Momentum/CfS members’ meetings; organize regular and emergency meetings of Glasgow Momentum/CfS members; promote and organize campaigning by Glasgow Momentum/CfS members; respond on behalf of Glasgow Momentum/CfS to issues which cannot be left until the next Glasgow Momentum/CfS members meeting;

3) Frequency of Meetings:

The Executive Committee normally meets monthly, but the frequency may vary according to political events.

4) Notification of Meetings:

The Secretary is to provide members of the Executive with at least a week’s notice of ordinary meetings. Shorter notice can be given of emergency meetings in response to political events.

5) Quorum for Meetings:

The quorum is at least 50% of filled posts.

6) Agenda for Meetings:

The agenda of ordinary monthly Executive Committee meetings will include: implementation of decisions of last Glasgow Momentum/CfS members meeting; current campaigning activities; organization of next Glasgow Momentum/CfS meeting.

7) Minutes of Meetings:

Minutes will record decisions taken. Minutes are to be taken by the secretary and electronically circulated to other members of the Executive for approval/amendment prior to being made available to the subsequent Glasgow Momentum/CfS members meeting.

8) Miscellaneous:

Executive Committee members are expected to help fellow members in organising Glasgow Momentum/CfS events, campaigns and other activities.

Executive Committee members are to send apologies if unable to attend a meeting. The Secretary is to contact any who member does not attend two successive meetings without sending apologies and report to the next Executive Committee meeting.

Executive Committee meetings are open to members of Glasgow Momentum /CfS, without voting rights but with speaking rights at the discretion of the chair.

Standing Orders for Glasgow Momentum/CfS

1) Membership: 

Glasgow Momentum/CfS consists of all Momentum/CfS members in Glasgow. Its meetings are open to all Momentum/CfS members in Glasgow. Depending on the kind of meeting, non-members of Momentum/CfS may also attend.

2) Meetings:

Glasgow Momentum meetings are normally monthly. Special meetings needed to respond to political events can be convened by the Executive Committee, or in response to a request signed by 25% of Glasgow Momentum/CfS members.

3) Notification of Meetings:

Members are to be given at least a week’s notice of ordinary meetings by the Secretary. Notice of special meetings is whatever is reasonable under the circumstances.

4) Quorum for Meetings:

At least 15 members must be present for a meeting to be quorate.

5) Motions for Meetings:

Apart from emergency motions (relating to an event after the deadline for motions) and motions of ‘no confidence’ (see below), motions for meetings, and other items for discussion, should be sent to the Secretary at least a week before the meeting.

6) Motions of ‘No Confidence’ in an Executive Committee Member:

At least a fortnight’s notice of a motion of ‘no confidence’ in an Executive Committee member is to be given. Notice of the motion must be sent to all Glasgow Momentum/CfS members.

7) Minutes of Meetings:

The Secretary is to take minutes of meetings and circulate them with the notice of the subsequent meeting. The Secretary’s minutes are draft minutes until approved by the subsequent meeting.

8) Annual General Meeting:

The Annual General Meeting will take place in August or September. It will elect an Executive Committee as defined in the Standing Orders for Glasgow Momentum/CfS Executive Committee. Elections shall be conducted by secret ballot under the Single Transferable Vote system.

9) Communications:

Communications with members using official data and membership lists is to be done through the Data Officer for official emails, and the Social Media Officer for the use of online social media. 

10) Procedure for Debating Motions:

1. A proposing speech for the motion

2. Debates on any amendments to the main motion, which follow the same order of debate 

3. An equally timed opposing speech against the motion

4. Further debate at the chair’s discretion until the debate is balanced

5. Parts procedure

6. A vote. If the chair deems that there is a clear majority, they may declare the motion passed or fallen. If the chair cannot call the vote, the vote must be counted by tellers.

11) Procedure for Moving Voting in Parts:

1. Any member may call for voting on parts

2. The parts may be to REMOVE or PASS any part of any motion or amendment

3. The chair shall call one timed speech in favour of the parts (property of their proposer) and one equally timed speech against. The chair may call more if the debate is contentious and there is time.

12) Procedural Motions:

  1. A challenge to the chair’s ruling on a vote: if this passes a revote on the motion or amendment will be held without further debate.
  2. A call for a revote on any given amendment or motion: if this passes a revote on the motion or amendment will be held without further debate.
  3. A call for a recount on any given amendment or motion: if this passes a count will take place again.
  4. A call for more speeches on any given amendment or motion: if this passes, another round of speeches will be held. (The chair may also accept this motion without a vote).
  5. A call for a suspension of procedural motions: if this passes, no procedural motions may be proposed other than motion 7.
  6. A call for a change in the agenda: if this passes, the agenda will be amended accordingly.
  7. A reinstatement of procedural motions: if this passes, the outcome of motion 5 is reversed.
  8. Procedural motions take precedence over the debating procedure. They can be proposed by any member.  In the case of motion 1, the Chair will vacate, and the debate will be chaired by a different member of the Executive Committee.