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Delegate Meeting drill

THE NUJ's Delegate Meeting (DM, its national conference held every two years,) will be on 24-26 April 2020, again in Southport.

For a flavour of the last Delegate Meeting, back in 2018, see here.

LFB delegates at Delegate Meeting 2016; Image: Zaki Dogliani

Some LFB delegates at DM 2016

DM votes on policy motions. There is still an opportunity to propose late notice motions and emergency motions, however, the deadline for most motions has passed. LFB has already voted to put motions before DM, these cover - among other topics - freedom of information, Union finances, the NUJ charity NUJ Extra's relationship with Amazon Smile, copyright, help for Afghan journalists, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They're all online here.

The DM also elects members to sit on bodies including the Union's Photographers Council, Ethics Council, Continental European Council, Appeals Tribunal, Disabled Members' Council, Equality Council, International Federation Of Journalists Triennial Congress (IFJ), Health & Safety Committee Journalist Editorial Advisory Board, 60+ Committee/Pensioners' Parliament, Professional Training Committee, Standing Orders Committee, TUC Delegation, Women's TUC Delegation. Nominations for these are already in.

Branch delegates

LFB still needs to elect its own delegation for DM: the last chance to do this is the Branch AGM on Monday 13 January 2020 but now's the time to think about whether you might want to seek election at that AGM as an LFB delegate to DM.

LFB sends nine delegates, and we need to elect some reserves as well, in case some of the delegates can't make it through as yet unforeseen work or other commitments nearer the time. Delegates who attend conference have their travel and accommodation paid (for previous DMs, the Branch has paid the additional costs so that its delegates don't have to share rooms).

As freelances, LFB's delegates also receive £50 loss of earnings allowance for each day at the conference they would otherwise be working. The Thursday evening of the conference starts with the Union's Freelance Conference.

Standing Orders Committee, which ensures all the motions presented at DM are in order in accordance with the rules and with the facts, also runs an introductory meeting for delegates who've never been to a DM before. This is held just before formal business starts and it helps demystify conference procedures.

The NUJ website has a guide to DM 2020 here, which links to a PDF of the most up to date version of DM's agenda, including the motions.

The conference traditionally treats gently - and generously applauds - delegates whose speech includes the words, "This is my first speech at DM."LFB in particular has a good record for looking after its first-time delegates. If you are thinking of standing as a LFB delegate, contact one of the Branch Secretaries by email, (see here for contacts) preferably in plenty of time for the LFB AGM on Monday 13 January.

LFB Committee elections too.

The Branch also needs to elect its Committee at its AGM in January as well. All posts are up for re-election. Contact a member of the Committee if you are interested in standing for any of the Committee posts - there's a list of them with their responsibilities here. Still hesitating? If you are coming to the LFB Christmas party on Monday 9 December, approach a member of the Committee to discuss with them a possible candidacy as LFB Committee member or as LFB DM delegate.