The Labour Party is a bottom up organisation. As an ordinary member, you can get an issue you care about on our agenda and sent to our National Executive or our National Policy Forum by writing and submitting a motion. Writing a motion for a Branch or Constituency Labour Party meeting is not as hard as it sounds. All you need to do is identify a problem that you want to address, state some facts and beliefs about the issue and say what you would like done about it.

How to structure your motion

A motion is generally split into three sections:

  • This Labour Party Notes: This is where you state key facts about the issue.

  • This Labour Party Believes: This is where you put forward your views.

  • This Labour Party Resolves: This is where put the action points.

The whole thing should not be longer than 250 words. You’ll have a chance to talk for a couple of minutes at the meeting to give people more background.

Motions become the policy of Hackney South Labour Party where the majority of delegates attending the all-member meeting vote in favour of them.

In order for an all-member meeting to consider your motion, it first needs to be debated and passed by your branch. Your branch secretary is then responsible for sending a copy of this motion to the Secretary of Hackney South Labour, who will ensure that it’s included on the agenda for an all-member meeting.

If you want help with writing a motion, then contact your branch secretary or your constituency secretary at They can also provide a more detailed guide to writing a motion along with an example.

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