By submitting a motion to your AGM you can help decide Unlock Democracy’s agenda. You can also submit an amendment to our constitution if you think it should be improved. Note that all motions should be relevant to the objects of the organisation, namely:

  • To achieve the aims set out in the organisation's Purpose through campaigning, policy development, research, education and training.
  • Develop a network of active individuals and groups to campaign for these aims.
  • Build constructive relationships with organisations and individuals who share some or all of our goals.

Any local group, or two members, may submit a policy motion (or an amendment to the constitution). The deadline for the office receiving motions is Friday 20 October. Please submit your motions as soon as possible; that way, if there is any problem with it we can resolve it in plenty of time.

Please email any motions to motions@unlockdemocracy.org.uk with the subject line “AGM Motion”. Motions can also be submitted by post to AGM Motion, Unlock Democracy, 5th Floor, 9 King Street, London EC2V 8EA, but will only be accepted if received before the deadline.

How do I write a motion?

A motion is your way to get Unlock Democracy to have a view on certain issues that in turn guide the direction of the campaign. Your first step when writing a motion is always to check we don’t already have it covered in our constitution or policies. There is no set way to write a motion but here is a rough guide to what you need to include and how you could format it.

This meeting notes:
• Outline the current situation with regard to the policy area, including any recent developments.
This meeting believes:
• Spell out what you believe Unlock Democracy should adopt as policy.
This meeting resolves:
• Describe the actions you think Unlock Democracy should take.

What happens to my motion?

There's a limited amount of time to discuss motions so there'll be an open priority ballot to decide what order motions will appear on the agenda; if the time runs out, the motion won't be discussed at the AGM.

You will need a member to propose the motion at the AGM and someone to second it. If you won't be at the AGM, it's up to you to find someone willing to do this.

Constitutional amendments that are passed will be added into the constitution; policy motions will be taken into account by the elected Council over the next year.