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Counterfire's third annual conference took place on February 1st and 2nd at SOAS

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The annual conference is the body which discusses and decides Counterfire's strategy, policy and priorities on the basis of an analysis of the political situation and members' experiences.
It also elects the Steering committee and has the power to change the constitution.

Who comes?

We encourage all members to attend to make conference as effective as possible.

Only registered (ie paying) members can be delegates. Members who have joined by 17 January can be delegates as long as they take out a completed direct debit/standing order before the conference (including on the door). Otherwise, unregistered members (ie members who have filled out a form but are not paying) can attend as observers. Observers have speaking rights but not voting rights. 

Other non-members can attend as observers by invitation.

There will be a cost of £10/£5 concessions which will help to cover travel from outside London.

How does the conference work?

The conference will be arranged around thematic sessions with introductions and wide discussion (see agenda below).
There will be voting on resolutions tabled by the steering committee and others and amendments if they come up.

Resolutions and amendments both have to be proposed and seconded by registered members.

Deadlines:

Resolutions: Friday 17th Jan
Amendments: Friday 24th Jan

The SC has proposed a conference arrangements committee which will be put to conference comprising of Fran Legg, Alastair Stephens, Lindsey German, Chris Nineham and Elaine Graham Leigh.

Elections for Steering Committee

The conference will elect a steering committee of a maximum of twenty people in an individual ballot.

Nominations for Steering Committee have to be received by 24 January

Agenda

Saturday 1st February 2014

11am
The Crisis of the British Regime

12:30pm
Elections to Steering Committee

1pm
Lunch

2pm
Building Counterfire

3pm
Finance

3:15pm
Break

3:30pm
Trades Unions

4:30pm
Break

4:45pm
Dangerous Times Festival

5:30pm
Close, followed by women’s caucus and evening social

2nd February 2014

11am
Imperialism after the War on Terror

12:15pm
The Student Movement

1pm
Lunch

2pm
Developing the Counterfire site

2:45pm
Election results and other announcements

3pm
Austerity, Resistance and the People’s Assembly

4pm
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