The last twelve months have gone in a blink and LDC Conference is now just around the corner.
I look forward to seeing you all in Birmingham. Conference can only happen with your support and that of all of our LDCs. I thank you all for your motions and the hard work that has gone into drafting these. I thank you also for being supportive in amending these where it was felt necessary, and apologise we have not been able to accommodate all of the motions.
I hope you approve of the slightly new format of having explanatory narratives accompanying the motions and welcome your comments around this. My idea behind this is that these narratives will help give background information and context to the motions and one hopes, this will enhance your informed contribution to the debating and voting process. Hopefully, these narratives will also help to reduce ambiguities too and this should help to reduce the need for time consuming clarification. Time is always precious at this event and I will do my best to ensure we are able to get through all of the motions by the end of the Friday morning session.
I will take this opportunity to refer all delegates to the Standing Orders as a reminder of correct conduct of conference. Those presenting a motion are limited to 3 minutes with the opportunity of right of return to the rostrum for 1 more minute, maximum, if needed. So that the conference remains dynamic, we will enforce this strictly. All speakers are encouraged to expand on their supplied narrative and not articulate this verbatim when they move their motion. To simply recite the narrative would be deemed a waste of time and failure to utilise an opportunity to expand on why your motion should get unanimous support.