Constitution

This document is the Constitution of the Thurrock Independents and is hereinafter referred to as “the Party Constitution”

PART I 

INTERPRETATION

Interpretation

1.1  For the avoidance of doubt, throughout this constitution the masculine implies a person of either gender.

1.2  “EGM” means an Extraordinary General Meeting

1.3  “EC” means the Executive Committee

1.4  “Rules” means Rules made by the EC under this Constitution

1.5  Where the context so implies, the singular shall include the plural

1.6  Headings shall not form part of the meanings of Articles

1.7  PPERA means the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

PART II 

NAME AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PARTY

Name

2.1  The Party exists as a Political Party registered with the UK Electoral Commission under the PPERA.  The registered name of the Party under the PPERA shall be the Thurrock Independents (hereinafter referred to as “the Party”).

Objectives

2.2  The Party believes that Thurrock Council should be run in the interests of Thurrock Residents and not the wider political interests of nation wide political parties.  The Party believes that Thurrock residents need a strong and independent voice fighting for them within Thurrock Council. 

2.3  The Party rejects traditional party politics and is an organisation where Thurrock residents with diverse backgrounds and experiences can come together and build a consensus that can greatly improve the representation and influence local people have in decision making at Thurrock Council. 

2.4  In pursuit of these objectives the Party will at all times adhere to the principle of full equality before the law. The Party shall conduct itself and its affairs in such a way that it does not discriminate against or in favour of any person on the grounds of their race, religion, ethnic origin, education, beliefs, sexual orientation, class, social status, sectarianism or any other basis prescribed by law. Further the Party shall at all times adhere to the principles of the rule of law, liberty, democracy and respect for the human rights and the essential, traditional freedoms of the people of the United Kingdom and those under the protection of the United Kingdom.

 

PART III

ACTIVITIES OF THE PARTY

Activities

3.1  In furtherance of these objectives the Party may undertake the following activities:

a)    the development of a full range of local policies;

b)    participation in Thurrock Council Local Elections.

3.2  In addition the Party may participate and campaign in any referendum.

3.3  The Party may co-operate with other like-minded democratic parties, institutions and organisations for any purposes which are wholly consistent with its objectives, whether such be in the United Kingdom or elsewhere for such time and to such extent as the Leader and the EC may deem necessary and expedient in order to advance the Party’s objectives.  

 

3.4  In the furtherance of its objectives, the Party may:

a)    raise funds and invite and receive contributions from any legal or natural person whatsoever in such manner and to the extent and limits established by law, including but not limited to: subscriptions, donations;

b)    publish, with or without charge, any document it sees fit in any format;

c)    carry out or refrain from carrying out any lawful act as may be deemed appropriate for the attainment of the Party’s objectives and the proper administration of the Party;

d)    enter into contracts for the supply of goods, employment and services;

 

PART IV 

PARTY MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility

4.1.1  Membership of the Party shall be open to any natural person who shares the objectives and core beliefs of the Party and who agrees to abide by this Constitution and any Rules which may from time to time be made by the Party and who have not been excluded from membership by virtue of rules made under Article 4.2.1 or Article 4.2.2. 

4.1.2  Members are considered to be in “good standing” if at any given moment:

a)    their subscriptions are up to date; and 

b)    they are not subject to any suspension or exclusion by the Party either from elected office or from standing as a candidate of any sort in any election; and

c)    they are not subject to any form of suspension or restriction as to their membership of The Party.

Members who are “in good standing” shall receive the Party’s newsletter electronically. They shall be entitled to vote in relevant internal Party elections or ballots, provided that no new member shall be entitled to vote in any such election until 28 days have elapsed from the commencement of his membership.

Exclusion 

4.2.1  Notwithstanding anything in Article 4.1 of this Constitution, the EC may from time to time make Rules of Procedure concerning the refusal of or exclusion from membership of persons or classes of persons whose admittance to membership of the Party would, in its opinion, be inimical to the interests of the Party.  

4.2.2  The Party Chairman (or, in his absence, his designated deputy) shall, without reservation or qualification, be entitled, subject to the approval of the EC, to refuse to admit any person to membership. Where it is deemed appropriate brief reasons will be given for any such refusal. 

4.2.3  Any person applying for or renewing membership of the Party shall, at the time of applying for or renewing that membership, certify that he is not a person disqualified from membership under Article 4.2.1 or 4.2.2 above. Renewal of membership may be treated by the Party as if it was an application for membership for the first time. The Party Chairman (or, in his absence, his designated deputy) shall, without reservation or qualification, be entitled, subject to the approval of the EC, to refuse to renew the membership of any person and may exercise this power without giving reasons for the same, if he deems it appropriate so to do.

4.2.4  Any person to whom membership is refused under either Article 4.2.2 or 4.2.3 may appeal against that decision within 28 days of notification thereof being sent to him. Such an appeal shall then be heard within a reasonable time by a panel composed of the Party Secretary and two elected members of the EC; provided, in the case of an application to renew membership, that such right of appeal shall only extend to those who were members “in good standing” at the time of the application for membership or renewal of membership as the case may be. The Appeal panel shall give an opportunity to both the Party Chairman and the Appellant to be heard. The Appeal Panel, in its discretion, may at the conclusion of the appeal publish the reasons for its decision, but is not bound to do so.

Revocation of membership

4.3  If, after becoming a member of the Party, a person 

a)    joins another political party (whether registered with the Electoral Commission or not) or any organisation membership of which the EC has declared to be incompatible with membership of the Party; or

b)    without the authority of the EC, sets up or has set up or has aided and abetted the setting up of another political party, whether registered with the Electoral Commission or not; or

c)    is later found already to be a member or former member of another political party or organisation membership of which the EC has declared to be incompatible with membership of the Party; or

d)    stands against a Thurrock Independent candidate in any election; or

e)    is found to be a person who has been expelled from the Party 

the Party Chairman shall revoke their membership forthwith. Any person whose membership is revoked under this Article may appeal against that decision within 28 days of notification thereof being sent to him. Such an appeal shall then be heard within a reasonable time by a panel composed of the Party Secretary and two elected members of the EC.

 

Subscriptions and terms of membership

4.4  The EC shall from time to time set such annual subscription fees as it deems appropriate and may define and set differential subscriptions for different categories of membership as it may from time to time deem appropriate.

4.5  By entering into membership the Member agrees that at all times he will abide by the terms of this Constitution and the Rules of the Party. Any member who is in breach of this constitution or the rules made thereunder may be subject to the disciplinary procedures set out in Article 11 and any Rules of the Party made under this Constitution.

4.6  Members of the Party are deemed by their entry into membership to agree not to do or omit to do any act (as the case may be), the commission or omission of which either:

•    brings the Party into disrepute; or

•    is intended to damage the Party’s interests; or

•    damages the Party’s interests; or

•    breaches any other disciplinary rule which the EC may from time to time deem appropriate to make.

4.7  Any member whose annual subscription has not been received by the party within 14 days of the end of the month in which their membership subscription ran out shall be regarded as having resigned their membership.

4.8  The EC may from time to time as it deems appropriate make rules concerning affiliation to the Party by other organisations. Such affiliated bodies shall not enjoy any voting rights under the Constitution.

 

PART V

PARTY ORGANISATION

5.1  The EC may from time to time make rules concerning the organisation of such Party structures which are not provided for in is Constitution.  

 

EGM

5.2  The Party Secretary shall call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), giving members a minimum of 7 days’ notice, holding the meeting within 28 days of such receipt, if requested to do so by a majority vote of the EC. 

 

PART VI 

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (EC)

 

6.1  There shall be established a committee known as the Executive Committee (hereinafter “the EC”) which shall function as the principal management and administrative authority of the Party.

Powers of EC

6.2  The duties, powers and responsibilities of the EC shall include (but are not limited to):

a)    ensuring that the Party works towards the achievement of the objectives set out in Article 2 above in an efficient and judicious manner; 

b)    managing the Party’s funds and structure;

c)    advising the Party Leader on political matters;

d)    approving the Party’s policies and manifestos;

e)    ensuring that the Constitution of the Party is in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom;

f)    managing and conducting the Party’s disciplinary procedures;

g)    making or amending from time to time such Rules of Procedure as it deems appropriate for the efficient conduct and administration of the Party and for the discharge of its responsibilities under this Article. 

Composition of EC

6.3  The EC shall normally be composed of the following voting members :

a)    the Party Chairman;

b)    the Party Secretary;

c)    the Party Treasurer;

d)    the Party Leader; 

e)    the Communications Officer;

f)     the Fundraising/Events Officer;

g)    the Party Agent;

h)    more can be added to roles deemed by the EC, up to a maximum of nine

6.4  The EC may from time to time appoint further non-voting ex-officio members as it deems necessary for the efficient running of the EC. 

 

Party Treasurer

6.5  The post of Party Treasurer is required under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and the name of the Party Treasurer must be registered with the UK Electoral Commission. The Party Treasurer will be responsible for complying with all statutes and requirements of the Electoral Commission applicable to financial reporting and probity.

Party Secretary

6.6  The Party Secretary is responsible, inter alia, for ensuring that the administrative and other arrangements of the Party comply with all legal requirements placed upon it by statute other than those relating to finance. The Party Secretary shall establish and chair a Discipline Committee subject to and in accordance with Rules made by the EC concerning disciplinary procedures.

Party Agent

6.7 The Party Agent shall act as the Nominating Officer, as required by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, who shall control the registered Party descriptions and emblems and be responsible for the appointment of Deputy Nominating Officers as appropriate.

 

EC sub-committees

6.8  The EC shall establish standing subcommittees if it is identifies as necessary for the administration of the Party.

Eligibility for EC

6.9  Only paid-up members of the Party “in good standing” shall be eligible for election to and/or membership of the EC. 

6.10 The Role of Party Chairman, Party Secretary and Party Treasurer cannot be, any person who is an elected Councillor.

 

6.11  If at any time the Party membership of a serving EC member shall be suspended, that member shall automatically be suspended from the EC and he shall not be entitled to resume his place on the EC until such time as the suspension of his Party membership is ended. If at any time the Party membership of a serving EC member shall be revoked, that member shall automatically be expelled from the EC without the need for the EC to take any further action.

 

Elections and term of office

6.12  Members of the EC (other than the Party Leader) shall be elected for a term of one year and shall be eligible for re-election at the completion of each term. In exceptional circumstances the EC may extend the periods of office of members for a period not exceeding six months.

 

6.13  Elections to the EC shall be conducted in accordance with rules laid down by the EC from time to time and shall take place annually on a date to be announced, together with the number of vacancies and the latest date for the receipt of nominations, this shall be communicated electronically. The election shall be by way of a vote in person at the AGM.

6.14  The election shall take place on the basis of the first past the post system.

 

Resignation and vacancies

6.15.1 The resignation of a member of the EC shall either be evidenced in writing signed by the resigning member and sent or given to the Party Chairman, or given orally. If given orally, the Party Chairman shall write electronically to the resigning member inviting him to confirm or to withdraw his resignation.

6.15.2  The resigning member shall reply to such invitation within fourteen days of communication. In the absence of a reply from the resigning member within that time he shall forthwith be deemed to have resigned from the EC.

6.16  Should a vacancy occur between elections, the EC may invite a member to fill the vacancy. Members joining the EC in this way shall have the same rights as elected members.

 

Conduct of meetings

6.17  The EC shall meet at least six times a year. Meetings shall be chaired by the Party Chairman or, in the Chairman’s absence, by the Party Secretary or, in the absence of both, by a member of the EC appointed by the EC for that meeting only, which appointment shall be duly minuted. 

6.18  Four voting members of the EC including the Party Chairman or, in the Chairman’s absence, the Party Secretary, or such EC member appointed for that meeting as Chairman in accordance with Article 6.17, shall constitute a quorum.

6.19  Any three or more voting members of the EC may requisition an Emergency Meeting of the committee by notifying the Party Secretary in writing signed by each of them to summon one as soon as practicable. The document calling for such a meeting shall set out the business to be discussed and any motions to be put at that meeting. The agenda for the emergency meeting shall comprise this business and matters arising and no other.

 

Suspension/expulsion from EC

6.20  The EC may expel a member of the EC from the committee.  A member of the EC may only be so expelled if a resolution to that effect is proposed and duly seconded and passed by not less than two-thirds of the voting members present. The quorum for such a proceeding shall be four voting members of the EC including the Chairman or acting Chairman.

 

6.21  The following shall be grounds for expulsion/suspension from the EC:

a)    Conduct which in the opinion of the EC has caused or is likely to cause the Party or its leadership to be brought into disrepute.

b)    Seriously breaching EC or Party confidentiality.

c)    Persistent failure to attend EC meetings without good cause.

d)    Unbecoming conduct in the course of EC meetings.

e)    Conduct which in the opinion of the EC amounts to the abuse or harassment or bullying of a fellow member of the EC or member of the party.

 

6.22  The member against whom such a motion is proposed shall be given no less than seven days’ notice in electronically communication of the meeting. He shall be entitled to attend, to address and vote at the meeting. He may make written representations to the meeting.  He may also question any member or other witness whose evidence is considered by the EC as being relevant to the issue on the same basis as any other party and may call witnesses on his own behalf on the same basis as obtained during the case against him.

 

6.23  If the member against whom such a motion is proposed cannot attend the meeting, he must be given a reasonable opportunity to attend on a subsequent occasion. Provided that he has been given reasonable notice of such rearranged meeting, the EC may proceed to deal with the matter in his absence if the EC is of the opinion that, in all the circumstances, it would be fair, reasonable and just to do so and that he has had reasonable opportunity to attend.

 

No confidence motions

6.24.1  A motion of no confidence in the Party Leader may be proposed by the Council Group. In order for it to pass, the majority members of the Group shall vote in favour of the motion.

6.24.2  The Party Leader shall be given no less than three days’ notice in electronic communication of the meeting. He shall be entitled to attend, to address and vote at the meeting. He may make written representations to the meeting. He may question any member or other witness whose evidence is considered by the EC as being relevant to the issue on the same basis as any other party and may call witnesses on his own behalf on the same basis as obtained during the case against him.

6.24.3  If the Party Leader cannot attend the meeting, he must be given a reasonable opportunity to attend on a subsequent occasion to take place within seven days. Provided that he has been given reasonable notice of such rearranged meeting, the EC may proceed to deal with the matter in his absence if the EC is of the opinion that, in all the circumstances, it would be fair, reasonable and just to do so and that he has had reasonable opportunity to attend.

6.24.4  In the event of a motion of no confidence in the Party Leader being passed by the Group, the Party Secretary shall call an emergency meeting of Councillors, to be held within 7 days of the passing of the motion. The emergency meeting shall have as its only business a motion to endorse or to reject the vote of no confidence in the Leader by the Group.

 

PART VII

THE PARTY LEADER

 

Status

7.1  Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 all registered parties must appoint a Party Leader. The Party Leader shall give political direction to the Party and shall be responsible for the development of the Party’s policies with the agreement of the EC.

 

7.2.1  The Party Leader:

 

a)    shall have the right to be a full member of all sub-committees and working groups set up by the EC; and

b)    shall make or approve national statements of the Party’s policies and the manner of their communication;

7.2.2  Election for the post of Party Leader shall be by way of a vote in person by all Councillors “in good standing”. 

Term of office

7.3  The Leader’s term of office shall run for one year. This term may be extended for such time as may be deemed necessary upon the EC passing a motion by a two-thirds majority to enable the Leader to stay in post in order to fight an imminent Election, but in such event the period of extension shall be for no more than three months. The Party Leader may be elected for successive terms.

Election

7.4  A leadership election shall be called:

a)    in the event of the Party Leader’s death, incapacity or resignation; or

b)    on the passing of a vote of no confidence in the Party Leader by the Council Group; or

c)    upon the Party Leader’s completion of his term of office.

Such election shall be held within 7 days of the completion of the Leader’s term of office.

7.5  A Party Leader shall communicate his decision to resign in electronic communication to the Party Chairman and Council Group, who must then summon an emergency meeting of the Council Group within 7 days.

 

7.6  If there is only one valid nomination for the post of Party Leader the candidate so nominated shall be declared elected as Party Leader without the need of a vote. Any contested election for the leadership shall be decided by a simple majority of the votes cast in the room. Those eligible to vote shall be Councillors “in good standing” of the Party. Subject always to the restrictions on voting set out in the final paragraph of Article 4.1.2 above.

7.7  When a vacancy in the leadership occurs due to the Party Leader’s death, incapacity, resignation or removal following a vote of no confidence, the procedure for a leadership election shall be initiated by the Party Secretary. 

Deputy Leader

7.8  The Party Leader may from time to time appoint a member of the Council Group “in good standing” to be Deputy Leader. The Deputy Leader shall carry out such duties as the Party Leader shall assign to him. In the event of the incapacity or unavailability of the Party Leader, the Deputy Leader shall not assume the Constitutional powers and duties of the Party Leader unless authorised so to do by the EC.

 

PART VIII

THE PARTY CHAIRMAN

Status and duties

8.1  The Chairman will be entitled only to a casting vote.

 

8.2  The Party Chairman shall chair meetings of the EC, and such Extraordinary General Meetings as may be called. The Party Chairman shall be responsible for maintaining accurate databases of membership and for safeguarding such databases within the terms of data protection legislation.

PART IX  

DISCIPLINE

Jurisdiction

9.1  The Discipline Committee of the EC shall have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to Party Discipline. The EC may from time to time as it deems appropriate make Rules for the composition of discipline panels and management of matters of discipline and appeals, for the conduct of hearings and appeals under Article 9 and for the procedure and evidence to be used by the Committee.

9.2  All Disciplinary hearings and appeals shall be conducted with proper regard for the rules of natural justice to ensure that any member subject to such proceedings receives a fair hearing at each stage of the disciplinary or appeals procedure.

Complaints

9.3  Any member “in good standing” may refer the conduct of any other member to the Party Secretary who shall act in accordance with the rules made under this Article and the rules of natural justice.

9.4  Thereafter the Party Secretary shall likewise act in accordance with the rules made under Article 9.1 and the rules of natural justice.

Remedies

9.5  Upon the conclusion of any Disciplinary Hearing the Discipline Committee may:

a)    issue oral or written advice to the Respondent Member as to future conduct;

b)    give the Respondent Member a written caution as to future behaviour;

c)    suspend the Respondent Member from attending meetings for a specified period; 

d)    suspend the Respondent Member from membership of the Party for a specified period; 

e)    suspend the Respondent Member from elected Party office and/or candidature for elective office for a specified period;  

f)    expel the Respondent Member from membership for a specified period or permanently; 

g)    take any other reasonable and proportionate action that it deems to be warranted by any particular circumstances;

h)    take no action; or

i)    if the member is elected to public office, remove the Party Whip.

The Discipline Committee shall at all times exercise its powers  with proper regard for the principle of proportionality. The Party Secretary shall provide a report of all disciplinary hearings and appeals to the EC and Party Leader upon their conclusion.

Right of appeal

9.6  Any member disciplined under Article 9.5 shall have the right of appeal against such order as is made thereunder. Such appeal shall be dealt with in accordance with the Rules of the Party concerning Discipline.

9.7   The EC may cause any disciplinary panel to be chaired by an Independent Chairman and may appoint such a Chairman who need not be a member of the Party. The EC shall cause an appeal hearing to be chaired by an Independent Chairman and may appoint such a Chairman who need not be a member of the Party. No person who sat on a disciplinary hearing at first instance may be a member of the appeal panel for the matter at hand.

9.8  In addition to the Rules mentioned in Article 9.1 the EC may from time to time as it deems appropriate make rules as to the qualifications required for appointment as an Independent Chairman. 

Emergency powers

9.9  In cases of exceptional gravity and urgency the Party Chairman may, of his own motion, exercise any of the powers set out in Article 9.5 except that under 9.5 (f) above in respect of any member, with due regard to proportionality. The Party Chairman shall, within twenty-four hours of so acting, notify the Party Secretary of his action. 

9.10  Upon being so notified the Party Secretary shall convene as soon as possible an Emergency Disciplinary Panel composed of himself (or an independent chairman appointed in accordance with the rules made under Article 9.7 and 9.8) and not more than two voting members of the EC.

9.11  The Emergency Panel may:

a)    confirm the order of the Party Chairman; or

b)    confirm the order of the Party Chairman but order that the matter be placed before an ordinary Discipline Panel as soon as possible for a full hearing; or

c)    make any order permitted by this Constitution; or

d)    revoke the order of the Party Chairman on the grounds that the action was either: 

(i)    inappropriate having regard to the circumstances; or 

(ii)    excessive having regard to all the circumstances; or 

(iii)    not supported by the facts. In that event the Party Chairman may within fourteen days of the findings of the Emergency Disciplinary Panel renew the complaint under the ordinary disciplinary procedure.

9.12  It shall be no defence to any allegation laid under this Article that the Party member was ignorant of the Constitution or any Rule made thereunder.

PART X 

CANDIDATES

 

Approved candidates lists

10.1.1  The Party shall establish lists of approved candidates for elections to public office. The EC may from time to time make such rules as it deems fit for the establishment of such approved lists. Persons holding elective office shall have no automatic right to reselection or to a place on such approved candidates lists.

10.1.2  Any person who seeks to be placed on such approved candidate lists shall make a electronic application and, without exception, shall in such application make a full disclosure of any material fact, political or personal (whether or not the material fact arose before or after this constitution came into force), that has or may have a bearing on their suitability for selection as a candidate and shall provide full details in writing of the same to the Party Chairman. The EC shall issue guidance on disclosure.

    

Duty of disclosure

10.1.3  Once selected, candidates remain, without reservation or qualification, under a continuing duty fully to disclose to the Party Chairman any material fact, political or personal (whether or not the material fact arose before or after this constitution came into force) that has or may have a bearing on their suitability to stand as a candidate and shall provide full written details of the same to the Party Chairman. 

10.1.4  Any failure to disclose such a material fact shall be a matter in respect of which disciplinary proceedings under Article 9 hereof may be initiated against the candidate. The Party Leader or the Party Chairman shall automatically refer such a matter to the Party Secretary who may then act under Article 9 and the rules made thereunder. 

Suspension and removal

10.2.1  The Party Chairman may suspend any candidate from the approved list or remove any candidate from a list of candidates to be nominated or having been nominated, if, in his opinion the inclusion and possible election of that candidate will or may damage the reputation or interests of the Party.

10.2.2  The fact of such suspension shall be notified forthwith to (a) the EC, (b) the candidate and (c) the Party Leader 

10.2.3  Thereafter the EC may proceed to determine whether or not the candidate shall be removed from or restored to the list of approved candidates or remain nominated by the Party.

10.2.4  Once a candidate is finally removed from the list of approved candidates or his nomination is withdrawn according to law, he automatically loses all rights to be the selected candidate, requiring the selection of a new candidate. 

10.3  A candidate who is removed from the approved candidates list or whose nomination is withdrawn shall have the right to an appeal according to rules made by the EC pertaining to candidates.

Selection of candidates

10.4  The EC may from time to time as it deems appropriate make rules concerning all matters relating to the selection, training, nomination, conduct, removal and organisation of candidates. 

10.5  All candidates standing on behalf of the Party in any election to public office must be paid-up members of the Party “in good standing” and on the Party’s list of approved candidates, held at Head Office.

 

10.6  In the case of a by-election the selection of a candidate will be made by the EC.

Codes of Conduct

10.7  The EC may from time to time as it deems necessary and appropriate make:

a)    Codes of Conduct for those holding elective office in the Party’s name;

b)    rules defining the nature of the Party Whip, the circumstances in which the Party Whip may be removed and the consequences and the sanctions which may be applied when the Party Whip is removed or the elected member resigns the Party Whip.

10.8  It shall be the duty of any member of the Party who is elected to any elective office:

 

a)    to abide at all times by any such Code of Conduct and the Rules drawn up under Article 10.7; 

b)    at all times to behave in a manner becoming to such elective office

Any breach of such Code of Conduct, Rules or failure to observe Article 10.8 (b) may be treated as a matter falling within Article 4.6.

10.9  The EC shall refer any breach of any Code of Conduct or Rules made under Article 10.7 to the Disciplinary Committee according to the provisions of Article 9 whereupon those provisions shall be followed as if the matter was an ordinary matter pertaining to discipline.

10.10  Notwithstanding any legal waivers, immunities, or dispensations granted by virtue of a candidate’s election to public office, the EC shall have the right to regard all undertakings signed by candidates prior to their election or subsequent to it as morally binding and binding under the Rules of the Party and shall have the right to remove the Party’s whip from, deselect, refuse to reselect or to expel from the Party any member who is in breach of any such undertaking, under this Article.

PART XI 

THE CONSTITUTION: APPROVAL AND AMENDMENT

 

11.1.1  This amended constitution shall come into force immediately following a declaration of its approval by members voting in person by a majority of members voting in favour at an AGM or EGM according to the requirements of the constitution in force at that time.

11.1.2  Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed and made at any time in accordance with this Article. Such amendments shall only come into force after a majority vote in person by members at an AGM and EGM. 

11.1.3  Such amendments shall come into force seven days after the result of such an affirmative vote is declared. 

    

11.2  Such a vote shall be held  

a)    if proposed by the EC and approved by a two-thirds majority of those voting; or 

b)    at the request of five percent or more members with a propose and signed petition submitted to the Party Chairman, at least 28 days before an AGM or EGM. 

  

11.3  The EC shall have the right to put separate and distinct elements or clauses amending the Constitution to separate votes for the approval of a two-thirds majority of members voting in person at an AGM or EGM.

PART XII

PARTY RULE BOOK

12.1  The Party Rulebook shall be available in an electronic copy from the Party Chairman on request.

12.2  Any Rules made under this Constitution shall be read in conjunction with it and where the Rules are repugnant to the Constitution, the latter shall prevail.