- Special resolutions (typically things that change our M&A) which require a 75% majority vote
- Ordinary resolutions (typically things that change our MoU) which require a 50% majority vote
There is no suggestion that we should invent any new categories to these resolution types, so we will refer to the two types, as necessary, below.
Regarding consultation prior to voting, although in general what we mean by this is to consult for a period (typically three months, to allow for successive LINX quarterly meetings to be used) – there will be emergency situations when we have to do that much more quickly. Such situations are assumed to be very rare, and in any case would be subject to the provisions of the M&A covering special member meetings. We should also emphasise that consultation can take place in many ways – not limited to just quarterly member meetings in London. Quarterly member meetings act as a focus, and some definite timetable discipline, but we are getting more sophisticated about using other mechanisms, and they use of such mechanisms is become more normal as we mature. I see distinct possibilities for the use of our new video-conferencing system in that regard, for example. Also, the tireless work done by our relatively new member-relations team is extremely important to keeping in touch with member opinion. Likewise, the work that Sam Frances does for Malcolm Hutty in the Public Affairs consultative area is hugely important.