ERS Conference (AGM) 2016

ERS Conference (AGM) 2016

This year’s Conference (AGM) was held on 3 December 2016, at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, London, SE1 9NH.

The Society's 2016 Annual General Meeting followed a different format from previous, with workshops and discussion groups. You can download the agenda and proxy ballot for the Members' AGM part of the day here.

New ERS Council Chair and Vice Chair

Following four years in the post, Amy Dodd decided to stand down as Chair of the Electoral Reform Society.

We'd like to thank her for all her hard work and welcome the new Chair, Jon Walsh.

As the former Vice Chair, Jon's new role created a vacancy, with the Council electing board member Justina Cruikshank.

Special resolution

With 68.5% in favour, the special reslution on co-option and term limits failed to reach the 75% super-majority needed to pass.

Programme

10.00

Registration – tea/coffee available on arrival

10.30

Welcome and Introduction from Conference Chair Amy Dodd

10.40

Presentation from Katie Ghose, Chief Executive and Darren Hughes on ERS work over the past year and future plans. Includes Q&A.

11.30 – 12.30

First workshop session

SESSION ONE: Choice of one workshop

Workshop One

Building alliances for electoral reform

Workshop Two

Deepening public involvement in democracy

Workshop Three

Reforming the House of Lords

Workshop Four

Party Funding / The Future of Political Parties (TBC)

12.30 – 14.00

Lunch (Attendees required to bring or go and buy own lunch. List of venues nearby will be provided)

Open space on ‘Building a better democracy: how I can get involved and make it happen’, hosted by Alex Runswick, Director Unlock Democracy 

Open space on topic by Tim Knight, ERS member

14.00 – 15.00

Second workshop session (4 workshop topics repeated)

SESSION Two: Choice of one workshop

Workshop One

Building alliances for electoral reform

Workshop Two

Deepening public involvement in democracy

Workshop Three

Reforming the House of Lords

Workshop Four

Party Funding / The Future of Political Parties (TBC)

15.00

Plenary - Workshop feedback from delegates

15.30

Closing remarks from the Conference Chair and Conference closes.
(Those delegates not attending the AGM are invited to head to nearby pub for post-Conference drinks).

15.45 – 16.45

Annual General Meeting