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NUJ delegate meeting

The NUJ's policy, objectives and campaigning priorities are decided at the NUJ conference – the delegate meeting (DM).

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NUJ DM is the union's main policy-making body. A member can volunteer to attend DM as a delegate and speak and vote on behalf of the members they are representing.

The NUJ is a democratic union: all members can influence policy. All members are entitled to attend branch meetings and branches can submit motions and amendments to conference.

Delegates can speak in debates, vote and ask questions. If a motion is passed, it becomes union policy. To prepare for DM every branch holds a special meeting to discuss arrangements for the conference.

Find the details of your local branch so you can contact your branch secretary and other union representatives. Any queries about DM please email:

Read the guide to the delegate meeting from the standing orders committee and Writing motions – how to and how not to do it.

Delegate Meeting (DM 2016) Southport

DM voting
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DM 2016 will take place in Southport from Thursday 14 April to Sunday 17 April 2016, including sector conferences. 

Nomination packs for DM-elected bodies have been distributed to branches.

Nomination packs for the national executive, industrial and other executive councils will be sent out late October 2015.

Information on how to register delegates for DM will be issued in January 2016. Branches are advised to consider potential delegate(s) nominations prior to their January branch meeting.

  • Close of motions: 23 November 2015. Read Writing motions – how to and how not to do it.
  • Preliminary agenda: 14 December 2015
  • Close of amendments, confirmation and DM statements: 15 February 2016
  • Final agenda and annual report: 7 March 2016

Report to DM

Reading the annual report
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The conference also scrutinises the union's accounts and reviews reports from each sector and body of the union.

Documents from previous conferences, including the reports to DM, are available on the DM documents page.

The 2012 DM agreed to hold the conference every two years after the 2014 conference.

Sector conferences

During the DM conference, each industrial sector also organises a conference to set priorities and exchange information about recent activity and specific issues affecting members working in their own sectors.


  1. NUJ Rules 2014 236kb PDF