Scottish Conference 2015

As most of you will know, Scottish Conference this year is inviting resolutions from individual Party members, to go to CLPs and then to go forward to be debated at Scottish Conference. We have an opportunity to submit such a resolution, and you can submit it here. Those submitted will then go forward to the CLP Executive, who will select the most relevant motions for debate at our meeting on the 18th of September. The resolutions must follow the rules laid out below:

Each Constituency Labour Party (CLP) may submit ONE resolution on a contemporary policy issue.  The Conference Arrangements Committee will only accept a resolution dealing with a contemporary issue in the following circumstances:
• It must deal with one policy subject matter only. This allows a competent resolution to be placed
within a specific debate during the Conference agenda.  
• It should not call on Conference to support policy already endorsed as part of the agreed Policy
Programme. This criteria promotes debate on new issues, as opposed to those already adopted as

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Continued membership of the European Union

Conference notes that the European Union is the worlds largest single market, and is the largest destination for Scotland's international exports. Conference further notes the role of the European Social Fund and Regional Development Fund investing in Scotland, its Cities and its people.

Conference believes that our membership of the European Union creates jobs and provides opportunities for all of our people. Conference also believes that Europe has developed the rights of working people throughout the European Union, with measures such as the European Working Time Directive and European Health and Safety legislation. Conference further believes that Europe can become a closer union, and more democratic and accountable to the people it serves.

Conference therefore resolves to:

a) argue for positive change to bring the EU and its people closer.

b) argue and emphasise the benefits of Britain's continuing membership of the European Union.

c) advocate a Yes vote to remain within the European Union.

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Trade Union Bill

Conference notes that the Tory Government’s ‘Trade Union Bill‘ is currently before the UK Parliament, and that the Labour Party and labour movement are firmly opposed to the vindictive and unnecessary legislative proposals contained therein.

Conference believes that trade unions are a force for good in society, and form an essential part of any modern democracy. Further, Conference acknowledges that trade unions have been at the forefront of progressive social change, both in securing improved employment rights and in tackling poverty and inequality.

Conference resolves

a)      to work with the STUC and TUC to stand up for the rights of workers;

b)      to back the resolute stance taken by Labour at Holyrood, in Cardiff and at Westminster in opposition to the Tories’ attack on working people;

c)      to endorse the position adopted by Labour Local Authorities in Scotland which have pledged not to co-operate with attacks on facility time or check off, and to oppose the use of agency workers;

d)      to call on all other local authorities, and the present Holyrood government, to support Labour’s approach.

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