Conference Motions 2018

See the charter, general motions considered and the results of voting.

Charter Motions

Charter Motion 1 - Defeated

Page 4, Article 4(d), Line 1: After the word “run” delete the words “nursing, residential and convalescent homes”. Insert “nursing and residential care homes and welfare break centres”’.

Article 4(d) would read:

 

“to establish and run nursing and residential care homes and welfare break centres for the benefit of beneficiaries who are old, sick and disabled or their widows, widowers, children and dependants.  This may include purchasing services from independent agencies; and providing rest breaks for the volunteer carers of the beneficiaries;”

Over Wyre Branch - Lancashire

 

Charter Motion 2 – Defeated

Page 13, Rule 19, Line 1: Delete all after “Annual Conference”.

Page 10, Rule 1(b)(i) Line 1 , Delete “or delegates”.

The Board of Trustees is requested to amend Governing Regulations to also allow each Voting Branch one vote only at County/District Conferences.

Rule 19 would read:

“Each Voting branch is entitled to send 1 delegate to the Annual Conference.”

 

Rule 1(b)(i) would read:

“to send a delegate to Annual Conference and the County/District Conference in which the Branch is located; and”

Over Wyre Branch - Lancashire

 

 

Charter Motion 3 - Defeated

Page 13, Rule 19, Line 2. Delete “300” and insert “200”.

 

The Board of Trustees is requested to amend Governing Regulations to also allow Voting Branches with 200 or more members to send two delegates to County/District Conferences.

 

Rule 19 would read:

 

“Each Voting Branch is entitled to send 1 delegate to the Annual Conference, and any Voting Branch with a total of more than 200 Members and Life Members, as recorded on the national database at the date of receipt by the Director General of the application for delegate credentials, may send a second delegate.  Those Voting Branches with more than 1000 members may send further delegates calculated on the basis of one additional delegate for every 500 members over 1000 (as recorded on the national database).

Ballmoney – Northern Ireland

 

Charter Motion 4 – Defeated

Page 13, Rule 21, Line 2: Delete all after “right to” and insert “attend, speak and vote at the Annual Conference.”

 

Rule 21 would read:

“Each County/District Committee is entitled to send 1 delegate to the Annual Conference.  This delegate has the right to attend, speak and vote at the Annual Conference.”

 

Page 14, Rule 28, delete “Branch”.

 

Rule 28 would read:

“All decisions of the Annual Conference must be reached solely by the votes of the delegates who are both present and voting.”’

Over Wyre Branch – Lancashire

Motions

Motion 1 - Carried

This Conference believes that Branch Welfare and BCS Chairmen should be given delegated authority to approach their branch for immediate financial support from branch welfare funds, up to an approved maximum of £200 per case.

Carlisle & Stanwick - Cumbria

 

 

Motion 2 – Defeated

This conference requests that the Board of Trustees makes representation to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and the Ministry of Defence for veterans to be granted burial rights in CWGC cemeteries worldwide

Hannover – Germany

 

Motion 3 – Carried

This conference asks that the Legion Trustees Lobby Parliament to ensure the Prison Service, the Justice System and the Probation Service with the RBL, assist ex-service personnel leaving prison not to be disadvantaged by having been in prison.

Loudwater & District – Buckinghamshire

Motion 4 - Carried

 

This Conference requests a National award be made available for branches without a club within Great Britain, NI and the Isle of Man for the amounts collected for the Poppy Appeal.

 

Blackheath – Staffordshire

 

Motion 5 – Carried

 

This conferencee believes that the Legion should adopt a policy regarding the suitability, relevant training and background of members seeking election to County Officer positions and requests the Board of Trustees to draw up and implement such a policy. 

 

Loudwater & District – Buckinghamshire

 

Motion 6 – Carried

 

This Conference calls upon the Board of Trustees, to reconsider the decision of the National Chairman to withdraw the Legion's endorsement and use of the Legion Crest on the LMS Patriot Project steam locomotive named Unknown Warrior that is in the process of being built.

 

Hale Branch - West Lancashire

 

Motion 7 – Carried

 

This conference requests the Board of Trustees to allow the amalgamation of branches without the need for them to lay up their standards.

 

Derbyshire

 

Motion 8 – Defeated

 

This conference requests the Board of Trustees to bring in a tenure restriction for Branch Chairmen, the tenure period to be decided by the Membership Council.

 

Derbyshire

 

Motion 9 – Defeated

 

This conference asks the Board of Trustees to examine the possibility of branches not able to attend Annual Conference to vote by other means e.g.

Internet, post or proxy.

 

Whitchurch & Pensford – Somerset

 

Motion 10 – Defeated

 

This Conference proposes that future nominations for elected members to the Board of Trustees, do not hold more than one other Trusteeship (paid or unpaid) of another charity or organisation which may conflict with Royal British Legion interests.

 

Whitchurch & Pensford – Somerset

 

Motion 11 – Carried

 

This Conference resolves that the Women’s Section Membership fee be set at £14 from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019.

 

Central Committee - Women’s Section

 

Motion 12 – Carried

 

This Conference proposes that the ruling of only one officer role per member at Branch and County/District level is reviewed by the Board of Trustees where there is no conflict of interest in a member holding two positions.

 

Central Committee - Women’s Section

 

Motion 13 – Carried

 

This Conference requests that the Board of Trustees reviews the restrictions placed upon branch officers whereby they must resign their position at branch level if elected to the office of County Vice Chairman. It is requested that the branch officer is allowed to retain his branch position for up to twelve months upon election to the role of County Vice Chairman.

 

Devon

 

Motion 14 – Carried

 

This conference believes that the Office of Vice Chairman at Branch level should be an optional Office and there should be no restriction on the minimum number of Branch Committee members. The Board of Trustees is requested to amend Governing Regulations 34 and 35 accordingly.

 

South and West Yorkshire