Edinburgh branch AGM where we’ll consider motions, constitutional amendments, elect office bearers, and prepare ourselves for 2016.
The February branch event of the Edinburgh Green Party. We’ll be joined by Forth anti-fracking campaigners to discuss the issue, Scotland’s position and what can be done.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/219033265109461/
From 7:30pm we’ll be discussing the Green approach to the EU referendum.
Edinburgh Green Party is selecting its candidates for the City Council elections next May. Come along to see why your candidates want to become Green councillors and ask them any questions you might have.
Please note this is *not* a selection meeting. All members will receive ballot papers and voting is from 4th – 26th August
Education in Scotland (speaker, Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson)
There will also be a member-submitted motion on the consultation into Gaelic medium education in Edinburgh.
The AGM on Thursday 28 June is where the branch elects members to join the branch committee, to guide the party over the next year. It is also the opportunity for members to vote on motions up for consideration.
Call for nominations
We would encourage all members to think about standing for a committee position – it is a great way to get more involved in what the branch does, and you will be playing a vital role in making sure campaigns, meetings and local teams run smoothly.
You can find descriptions for committee roles here.
In addition to the committee roles, we will be recruiting up to six people to join our delegation team to national council meetings.
To apply, send a 200 word statement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applying to be a committee member is noon on 21 June. Candidate statements will be collated and circulated to members before the AGM. If there is a position with no nominees, we will accept nominations from the floor at the AGM.
Motions can be passed at the AGM which:
- Change the standing orders or constitution of the branch (you can see these here: www.edinburghgreens.org.uk/
- Instruct the branch to act in a certain way, for example to endorse a campaign, review processes, or hold a meeting on a certain subject
- Propose a local team (or teams) to become a sub-branch
- Instruct Edinburgh branch to take a motion to the Scottish Green Party AGM in October (motions which are brought from branches are automatically ranked higher than motions brought by individuals).
Motions should be submitted via email to email@example.com.
Motions must be submitted by noon on 21 June. Motions will be circulated to branch members prior to the AGM.
This event is to welcome new members; or if you’ve been a member for a while and would like to get more involved, this event is a good starting place. There will be a presentation about how the party works and what you can do as a member; a chance to meet some of our elected representatives; and time to chat with members from your local team.
All members and supporters are invited: come with any questions about the party, the branch and your local area team. Or if you’re a more experienced member, come share your experiences. Children are also very welcome – this is a family friendly venue.
This meeting is in two parts.
Going Plastic Free: Green councillors have been putting pressure on Edinburgh council to act to reduce single-use, or so called disposable, plastics. Come along to hear guest speaker Sophie Bridger from Plastic Free Scotland and join in a discussion.
This is followed by the chance to look at and discuss some of the motions going before Conference in October.
This meeting is for members only. Doors open 7pm.
1. The Scottish Green Party Standing Orders Committee (SOC) have produced a draft for a new party constitution. The draft constitution has been sent to SGP branches, representative groups and national committees for consideration; comment and feedback to be returned to SOC, before a final version is presented for adoption by Conference.
The draft constitution reflects discussions around what changes are needed to our institutions, structures and practices so that we can become more effective and yet operate in ways that fit with our basic principles. This meeting will be our first chance as a Branch to explore the draft constitution.
New organisational structures and processes are required for the party to function effectively. The more involved members are in determining what the new processes and structures should be, the better fit we will be as an organisation to move forward over the next decade.
We will also be looking at the draft SGP Code of Conduct, feeding back to SOC.
2. Edinburgh Green councillors have reviewed their Standing Orders and have proposed some revisions, which requires branch approval. Click for the Green councillor group draft SO document to be reviewed and ratified.
If you can’t attend this meeting but have comments on either document, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 17 January to feed into the discussion.
Links to documents for this meeting: