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THE LONDON Freelance Branch meeting on Monday 8 January is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which LFB elects its Committee for the next year. We encourage all full members of the Branch to consider standing for the Committee.

For the Committee posts up for election, and what they entail by way of commitment, see here. (Some posts are remunerated: see the link above for details.)

The Committee includes Members without Portfolio (also known as Members at Large) to take on tasks as they arise, which also present opportunities for new members of the Committee to gain experience before perhaps moving on to other posts. Job-shares are encouraged.

The current LFB Committee contacts are here.

If you are considering standing, contact the Branch Secretaries via the Committee contacts link above, or come along to the AGM in person.

The Branch also needs to elect nine delegates (and some reserves) for the NUJ's Delegate meeting (its conference on 19-22 April 2018, in Southport.) Details are here.

We also need to elect two auditors (not current Committee members) to scrutinise LFB's annual accounts.

For Branch motions for the AGM, see here. This includes proposals for amendments to LFB's Standing Orders (its constitution: the current one is here.)

The AGM is expected to include a discussion on whether - and if so in what circumstances - the Branch should pay any of its visiting speakers beyond just their travel expenses.

Be aware that the AGM is at a new venue It's at a new venue for regular meetings. It's where we had our Christmas party, the basement of the NUJ's HQ at Headland House, 72 Acton St, WC1X 9NB, Tube: Kings’ X, Chancery Lane. See here.)

Monthly LFB meetings (on the second Monday of the month) are henceforth at Headland House. Our regular cycle of meetings with speakers resumes in February with an update on the new Data Protection regulations. See LFB's meetings calendar.