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Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform

Date of event

LDER 2021 Annual General Meeting

November 2, 2021 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Welcome to LDER's 2021 AGM. It is your chance to hear and comment on our work; and to stand for and vote on the LDER executive for the coming year.

All papers for the AGM are on this website's homepage - just click on the AGM 2021 menu tab.

Following the formal business of our AGM, we are delighted to welcome:

Wendy Chamberlain MP, President LDER; and Vice Chair, All-party Parliamentary Group on Electoral Reform; and

Lord Paul Tyler, our outgoing Political and Constitutional Affairs spokesperson;

- to speak to the meeting and to take questions and comments from meeting attendees.

Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2021
November 2, 2021
7.30-9pm

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUufuyuqT0oEte79jmK_b5AE4_yKcNAHswV
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

While only current subscribing LDER members can stand for the exectuive and vote at our AGM, everyone is welcome to join the meeting, listen to our speakers and debate how - this time - we can bring about electoral reform after the next General Election. Go to Join Us on this website to become an LDER subscribing member.

We've added the agenda and 2020 minutes below - but go to the AGM2021 menu tab on this site's homepage, where you will find pdf versions of all the papers for you read/download.

AGENDA
1. Apologies for Absence

2. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 24 October, 2020
a) Accuracy
b) Matters Arising

3. Reports
Chair
Treasurer
Membership Secretary

4. Annual Accounts
To consider and approve the examined annual accounts for 2019 and 2020.

5. Membership fee
To set the minimum annual membership fee at £10 and the concessionary fee at £5 for the year commencing 1 October 2021.

6. Election of Officers and Executive Committee Members*
a President
b Chair
c Secretary
d Treasurer
e Membership Secretary
f. Up to five Ordinary Members of the committee

7. Appointment of Examiner
To appoint an Examiner of the accounts for the coming year.

8. Motions to AGM.
Amend LDER Objectives - submitted by the LDER exec 2020/21.
Approve adoption of the following objectives:

1. We favour an electoral system that reflects the fundamental Liberal Democrat values of liberty, equality and community and helps to deliver a just and representative system of government.

2. We believe that to meet these values, an electoral system should deliver maximum power to the voter, enabling all voters to support representatives of their choice without fear of wasting their vote, and should result in elected members that are genuinely accountable to their electors and a representative body that proportionately reflects the opinions of the electorate.


3. We support the use of the Single Transferable Vote for all public elections, and for all internal party elections, as the system that best achieves these objectives.. We support other changes to democratic arrangements that will advance our values.


4. We seek to promote these values and objectives within the Liberal Democrats through influencing party policy, engaging with the party leadership and informng all party members on the benefits of these proposals. We seek to promote the Liberal Democrats externally as being at the forefront of the wider democratic reform movement and to work with other political and non-political organisations to promote our aims.

Background to the proposed changes.
1. Replace 'the Liberal Democrat values of fairness, democracy and effective representation for individuals and communities' with 'the fundamental Liberal Democrat values of liberty, equality and community and helps to deliver a just and representative system of government.'
This change aims to bring our objectives into better alignment with the party's overall values and principles.
2. Unchanged.
3. Delete '…in Multi-Member Constituencies…' and delete 'For positions to be filled by a single individual, we support the use of the Alternative Vote'.
These changes clarify our objective (of STV) and remove the technically correct but ambiguous and potentially confusing reference to the Alternative Vote.
4. Replace 'lobbying' with 'engaging'; and replace 'educating' with 'informing'; and add '…political and non-political…' to the final sentence.
These changes better reflect our relations with party leadership and membership; and emphasise our intent to work with all reform-supporting organisations.

As a reminder, our current objectives are:
1. We favour an electoral system that reflects the Liberal Democrat values of fairness, democracy and effective representation for individuals and communities.
2. We believe that to meet these values, an electoral system should deliver maximum power to the voter, enabling all voters to support representatives of their choice without fear of wasting their vote, and should result in elected members that are genuinely accountable to their electors and a representative body that proportionately reflects the opinions of the electorate.
3. We support the use of the Single Transferable Vote in Multi-Member Constituencies for all public elections, and for all internal party elections, as the system that best achieves these objectives. For positions to be filled by a single individual, we support the use of the Alternative Vote. We support other changes to democratic arrangements that will advance our values.
4. We seek to promote these values and objectives within the Liberal Democrats through influencing party policy, lobbying the party leadership and educating all party members on the benefits of these proposals. We seek to promote the Liberal Democrats externally as being at the forefront of the wider democratic reform movement and to work with other organisations to promote our aims.

Go to: https://lder.org/en/page/our-objectives-and-goals for more information including our constitution.

9. Motions for debate can also be submitted by full LDER members, if relevant to the objectives of LDER and deemed by the Chair to be in order. Motions must be submitted to info@lder.org ten days before the AGM is held (in this instance October 24). Emergency motions can be submitted up until the the start of the AGM, again at the discretion of the Chair.

Close of formal AGM.
10. Introduction of Lord Paul Tyler by Wendy Chamberlain MP; LDER President 2021. Meeting address by Lord Tyler.
11. Q and A to Wendy and Paul/open discussion on priorities for the remainder of this Parliament.
12. AOB/close of meeting.

*Officers and Ordinary Members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by the general membership of the Group. Each nomination for election to the Executive Committee must be submitted to the Secretary in advance of the start of the AGM, by two full LDER members, after obtaining the nominee's consent.
Once elected, executive members can co-opt up to three additional members onto the Executive Committee.
The party believes it is essential to foster equity, equality, diversity and inclusion within its organisations. We welcome nominations for the LDER Executive which reflect this.
While all Liberal Democrat party members, and also non-party allies, are wholeheartedly invited to join the meeting, only paid-up members of LDER are entitled to stand for election, submit motions or to vote at the AGM.
If you are interested in standing for the executive, or in being co-opted, please feel free to discuss the nature of the role, commitments etc with the LDER secretary - just email info@lder.org.

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Appendix A
LDER - goals and roles; our cause needs you!

Needed: join our social media/on-line team for ideas, campaigns and messaging; on

our website - lder.org

Facebook - LibDemsForElectoralReform

Twitter - @LibDem4ER

What about Instrgram and TikTok - should we be campaigning there as well?

From our Objectives and 2021-23 plans, you will see LDER has big ambitions and an extensive work programme. This is because we are in a mission-critical period - between now and the next General Election which could be as early as May 2023 - for achieving the reforms that the UK and its voters deeply need.


In 2021, we have drastically upped our game. We are delighted that Wendy Chamberlain MP accepted our invitation to become LDER President, helping us engage with party leadership. We have completely redesigned and relaunched our website - now a comms and campaigning tool as well as repository about us - and last February, launched our Twitter account, jumping in quick time to 800+ followers. We have held superbly attended fringe meetings and zoom sessions, working closely with our cross-party allies such as Make Votes Matter, the Electoral Reform Society, Unlock Democracy and Compass.


And we are growing - over 60 new sign-ups from our September 2021 Federal Conference fringe meetings alone!


Can you help us build further in 2022?


What do we aim to do?


-- mobilise more and more LD members to campaign for electoral reform. This means working with our allies such as Make Votes Matter for their Action Days; it means contacting party members across the UK. The way to do this is increasingly through digital comms and campaigns. We know where to go - all we need is help to make it happen.
-- We will reach beyond our party members - yes, by working with our allies ( see xxx) but also by reaching out ourselves; contacting like-minded organisations and also exploiting social media. We are now aggressively on Facebook and twitter - but where are the core publics to be found? We want to explore Instagram and Tik Tok; can you help? The suffragettes succeeded through grass roots action; let's do the same but also by harnessing 21st century comms technology.
-- We are working to engage with diversity and inclusion; and with the green movement. We know electoral reform enables greater diversity and environmentally progressive policies. We will show that electoral reform positively impacts everyday lives, trashing the tired, stale accusations that how we vote and who we elect to represent us is removed from everyday real concerns.
And much more…
--A social media team,: a key need for us is more bandwidth in digital comms and campaigns. Zoom, the website lder.org, Facebook, twitter are all invaluable and we need help to keep those channels busy and dynamic. And what about other social media. We are not currently on Instagram or Tik Tok. Should we be?

Can you help us?
You might have only very limited time available; or you might prefer to work on short projects or campaigns, say a few hours a week for perhaps a three month period. Or you might have particular skills to help us on a temporary basis -

.
For example 1, we gave major support to the Make Votes Matter national action day (July 31). Throughout July, we held online briefings and sent mails and newsletters to maximise the party members taking part. Over July 31 itself, there was intense peak activity on twitter and other social media (as well as actually taking part in the Action Day itself!). Just a short period of time - but with tons to do.


For example 2: an upcoming need is to refresh and redesign our literature - making it available via our website and also having print versions for street campaigns, physical exhibitions and so on.


We already have great people; but we are - frankly - stretched to resource our ambitions. You may not be able to commit to being an elected exec member or co-optee; but you probably have some time; and knowledge/expertise to augment and build on the great work we are already doing.
Remember: this is about saving and revitalising our democracy and building a future liberal society. Any time; any expertise you have will be an invaluable help.


Contact us on info@lder.org with questions, comments and ideas about what we can do. And about what you can do.