Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure – Index 

A: Preamble 

Rules governing Party meetings 

B: Duties of Officers 

C: Rules Governing the Conduct of Executive Committee Meetings 

D: Unauthorised Meetings 

E: Extraordinary General Meetings of the Party 

F: Standing Orders for the Conduct of Internal Party Meetings 

Administrative Rules 

G: Terms and Conditions of Membership 

H: Data Protection and Branding Rules 

I: Rules Governing Party Policies 

Internal Party Election Rules 

J: Rules Governing Campaigning and the Use of Party Databases for Internal Party Elections 

K: Leadership Election Rules 

L: Rules Governing Elections to the Executive Committee 

Election to Public Office 

M: Rights and Responsibilities of Candidates 

N: Candidate Selection Rules for Local Authority Elections and Council By-Elections 

O: Rules for the Conduct of Party Members

Discipline 

P: Disciplinary Rules

A: Preamble 

A.1 The ‘Rules of Procedure’ is the Rule Book of the Thurrock Independents – hereinafter referred to as ‘the Party’. 

A.2 These Rules of Procedure should be read in conjunction with the Party Constitution, which, in the event of a clash, shall always take precedence. 

A.3 These rules came into effect following the formation of the Thurrock Independents on 26th January 2018. 

A.4 These Rules may be amended by a simple majority vote of the Executive Committee. 

A.5 The Rules of Procedure shall be made available electronically by request to the Party Chairman. 

A.6 For the avoidance of doubt, throughout the Rules of Procedure the masculine implies a person of either gender. 

A.7 In the event of internal inconsistency within these Rules of Procedure, the Executive Committee (or the Party Chairman, acting with the EC’s authorisation) shall determine which Rule has precedence. 

Rules Governing Party Meetings 

B: Duties of Officers

B.1.1.1 The Chairman has principal responsibility for the direction of the party and shall normally chair all meetings including the AGM and shall hold the casting vote. The Chairman shall normally call meetings of the committee but a simple majority of committee members may call a committee meeting in the event that the Chairman is unable or unwilling to do so. 

B.1.1.2 The party must hold a bank account. The Treasurer shall be responsible for managing the finances and bank account. The Treasurer is responsible for financial compliance of the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA2000), in particular the reporting of donations and the preparation and submission of Accounts. 

B.1.1.3 Bank accounts should have at least three signatories, with any two signatories being required to draw upon funds. Signatories to the bank account should normally be Committee members. Accounts with just two signatories shall be permitted only in extremis, or when there are just two members on a Committee. The Committee may permit electronic banking to be undertaken by a sole named individual but shall ensure that appropriate financial reports are received at each meeting. 

B.1.1.4 The Secretary shall normally be responsible for the general administration of the Committee, including taking minutes of meetings, maintaining a record of the party members and recording changes.

B.1.2 Only members who are officers, or who have the express permission of the Committee, shall be authorised to represent the party or make use of party logos. Unauthorised use of the party name or logo may be considered to be bringing the party into public disrepute and therefore grounds for disciplinary action. 

B.1.3 In the event that an officer resigns or is otherwise unable to continue in the role, a permanent replacement may only be appointed by the Committee or elected at the next members only meeting. An acting replacement may be chosen by the committee to continue with the role until the following AGM. 

B.1.4 Where a official is seriously failing in their duties under B.1.1.1 to B.1.1.4, and efforts to deal with the situation have not resulted in improved performance, the Executive Committee may as a last resort remove from office a committee member. 

B.1.5 Where a committee member is convicted of a criminal offence whilst a serving official, the member must notify the Party Secretary.  Where the Party’s reputation could be affected, the matter shall be referred to the Party Chairman who may suspend the committee member from office pending an EC decision concerning removal from office. 

B.1.6 Failure to disclose information under B.1.5 may be grounds for disciplinary action. 

Annual General Meeting 

B.2.1.1 The AGM shall be held annually between June 1st and August 31st.

B.2.1.2 21 days’ notice of the AGM shall be given and the notice shall invite nominations for the election of committee officers and motions for the meeting. Nominations shall require a proposer and seconder, and candidates may be nominated either in writing in advance of the meeting, or in person at the meeting. 

B.2.1.3 Any motions for the AGM must be submitted in advance and must be consistent with the principles and Constitution of the Party. 

B.2.1.4 The business of the AGM shall include: 

(i) Approval of the minutes of the previous AGM; 

(ii) Receiving reports from the chairman and secretary; 

(iii) Receiving the Treasurer’s Statement of Accounts for the previous year; 

(iv) Election of the committee members and officers for the following year; 

(v) Transacting such other business as may be brought before it. 

B.2.2 An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) shall be held when called for a specific purpose by the Committee, by the Party Chairman or by the written request to the Party Chairman or Party Secretary of 5% of members in good standing. An EGM must be held within 28 days of being validly called and 7 days’ notice to all members must be given. 

B.2.3 Ordinary meetings of the committee may be convened as thought fit by the committee and may typically be combined with campaigning or other activities. 

B.2.4 The Annual General Meeting should be held at an appropriate venue within the geographical area of Thurrock. This should not be a member’s private residence, but rather a venue in which a public meeting could reasonably be held. 

B.2.5 The AGM shall be open only to paid – up members of the Party. 

B.2.6 The agenda for an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be restricted to the business for which it was called and matters arising but votes can only be taken on matter on the agenda. Attendees shall be restricted to paid – up members. 

B.2.7 An Extraordinary General Meeting should be held at an appropriate venue within the geographical area of Thurrock. This should not be a member’s private residence, but rather a venue in which a public meeting could reasonably be held.

B.2.8 An Extraordinary General Meeting should be chaired by the Party Chairman.

B.2.9 Where an Extraordinary General Meeting resolves to remove officer(s) from their positions, it shall proceed to fill the vacancy with an immediate election in accordance with the Rules of Procedure. 

Selection of Candidates 

B.3 For all elections, it is the responsibility of the committee to invite applications from members to stand. Acting in accordance with Sections M and N of the Rules of Procedure, the committee shall have the responsibility for selecting candidates. 

Disputes 

B.4.1 The Party Chairman may, with a majority vote of members present, require that any member acting in a disruptive manner leave a meeting. The matter shall then be referred to the Disciplinary Committee who will decide whether the member concerned should be suspended from Party activities. 

B.4.2 There will be a right of appeal to the EC against any action taken under B.4.1. 

C: Rules Governing the Conduct of Executive Committee Meetings 

C.1 The Executive Committee shall normally meet once a month. Additional meetings may be scheduled when necessary. 

C.2 Executive Committee meetings should normally last less than 2 hours in total. 

C.3 Minutes of the Executive Committee should be sent to all Committee Members electronically, no later than 7 calendar days after the meeting has concluded. 

C.4 Members of the National Executive Committee should not criticise its decisions in public. 

C.5 The Party Chairman shall determine whether specific items discussed at the Executive Committee are confidential in nature. 

C.6 Where there is even the slightest doubt as to whether a discussion is confidential, Executive Committee members must not divulge information gained or the content of the discussion without the consent of the Party Chairman. 

C.7 EC members wishing to submit an item for the agenda should normally submit it to the Party Chairman and Party Secretary a minimum of 7 days before the meeting. 

C.8 The Party Secretary shall act as secretary to the EC. 

C.9 Agendas and papers for EC meetings should normally be circulated a minimum of 4 days before the meeting. 

C.10 The Executive Committee may (subject to the principles of natural justice and allowing appropriate representations to be made to the EC) remove from office any Party official who makes serious public criticism of the Party or its decisions. Public criticism shall be deemed to include posts on social networking sites. 

D: Unauthorised Meetings 

D.1 No member shall organise a meeting branded as Thurrock Independents without the consent of the relevant Party officials defined under D.4 below. 

D.2 Any of the Party officials defined under D.4 below may rescind permission to hold such a meeting if they believe that the meeting would be against the interests of the Party. 

D.3 Holding an unauthorised meeting against the advice of the relevant Party official shall be considered bringing the Party into disrepute. 

D.4 For the purposes of the above, any or all of the following may be classed as a relevant Party official: the Party Leader, the Party Chairman, the Party Secretary. 

E: Extraordinary General Meetings of the Party 

E.1 The Party Secretary shall call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), giving members a minimum of 7 days’ notice, if requested to do so by formal applications from 5% of the Party’s members in “good standing” and over 28 days membership. Upon receipt of the necessary valid formal applications, the Party Secretary shall call the EGM within 30 days. 

E.2 The agenda for an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be restricted to the business for which it was called and matters arising. 

E.3 All paid – up Party members in good standing (as defined under G.8 below) shall have voting rights at an Extraordinary General Meeting.

E.4 The quorum for an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be 10% of members. 

E.5 Motions carried by an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Party shall be binding to the extent permitted by law and the Party’s Constitution. 

E.6 The amount of speaking time allotted for proponents and opponents of a motion at an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be equal. 

E.7 An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Party shall normally be chaired by the Party Chairman. 

E.8 If the business of the Extraordinary General Meeting concerns the Party Chairman, or if the Party Chairman is unable to attend, or if the Party Chairman is considered by the EC not to be impartial regarding the matters discussed, then the Executive Committee may appoint another impartial senior member of the Party to chair the meeting. 

E.9 Any motion essentially the same as one defeated at an Extraordinary General Meeting may not be brought before a further Extraordinary General Meeting unless: 

(a) A period of no less than 2 years has passed, or 

(b) In the opinion of the Party Secretary, the facts of the matter have changed so substantially as to justify the motion being reconsidered. 

E.10 The Standing Orders for the conduct of internal Party meetings shall apply to Extraordinary General Meetings. 

F: Standing Orders for the Conduct of Internal Party Meetings 

F.1 Internal Party meetings exist to promote the Party’s aims. Members are expected to act in accordance with this principle at all times. 

F.2 Bullying, intimidating or offensive language is not permitted at meetings. 

F.3 Members should not interrupt meetings, and should speak only with the permission of the Chairman. 

F.4 Unless the event is clearly advertised as being open to non – members, members should only invite non – members to meetings with the consent of the Chairman. 

F.5 Speakers from the floor will be permitted only at the discretion of the Chairman, and only when the nature of the meeting is such as to make such contributions appropriate. Speakers from the floor should speak for an appropriate length of time. If a contribution is so long as to disrupt the meeting, then the Chairman may impose a time limit on the member’s comments. 

F.6 Personal attacks on other members are not permitted at any Party meetings. 

F.7 At committee meetings, in the absence of the Chairman the meeting may be chaired by the Party Secretary. 

F.8 If it is known in advance that neither the Chairman nor the Party Secretary will be able to attend a Committee meeting, the meeting should normally be postponed until a later date. 

F.9 If neither the Chairman nor the Secretary have arrived 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of the meeting, the meeting shall elect a member to chair the meeting. Under such circumstances, the meeting may not pass any resolutions which: 

(a) Change the Committee officials; 

(b) Select candidates to stand for public election, or 

(d) Cannot easily be overturned at the next meeting. 

F.10.1 If a meeting fails to achieve a quorum, the meeting may continue but decisions taken and motions passed must be ratified by a future quorate meeting before taking effect. 

F.10.2 No Party meeting may select candidates or officers of the Party (excepting elections called at short notice, such as by – elections) unless a minimum of 21 days’ notice has been given to all members entitled to attend. 

F.11 In the event of a tied vote at a meeting, the Chairman shall have a casting vote. 

F.12 In the event that a member’s conduct is in a serious breach of these Standing Orders, the Chairman shall warn the member concerned as to his or her future conduct. If there is a further such breach after a warning has been issued, the Chairman may exclude the member from the remainder of the meeting. Any such decision shall be confirmed by a majority vote of members present. 

F.13 In the event that a member is excluded from a meeting, the Chairman shall inform the Disciplinary Committee via electronic communication. The matter will be considered by the Disciplinary Committee who will decide whether the member concerned should be suspended from Party activities. 

F.14 Any member shall have the right of appeal to the Executive Committee against suspension from Party activities. The decision of the Executive Committee shall be final. 

Suspension from Party activities shall entail suspension from: 

a) The use of Party logos; 

b) Attendance at party meetings; 

c) Participation in campaign activities; 

d) The use of websites to promote the Party; 

e) Use of the Party name in contact with the media, and

(f) Any other activities as determined by the EC. 

F.15 Any member who invites a member of an organisation on the proscribed list to speak at a meeting may be subject to disciplinary action under Section P of these Rules of Procedure. 

Administrative Rules 

G: Terms and Conditions of Membership 

G.1 Membership shall start from the date of receipt of the initial membership subscription and continue for the number of years for which the subscription has been paid. 

G.2 Membership subscriptions are not normally refundable. 

G.3 Members shall be considered to be fully paid – up until the end of the month of expiry. 

G.4 The Party may refuse or rescind an application for membership if the Executive Committee considers that the application does not fulfil the criteria for membership as set out in the Party Constitution. 

G.5 The Party Secretary has the right to suspend or expel members who clearly bring the Party into disrepute by association with or membership of an organisation, membership of which the EC has declared to be incompatible with membership of the Party or establish a group in opposition to the Party. 

G.6 Membership is not available to anyone who is or has previously been a member of the British National Party, the National Front, the UK First party, the English Defence League, the British Freedom Party, British People’s Party and the Britain First Party (or any other parties or organisations later added to the proscribed list). Any applications made from people who are or have been members of these organisations will be refused, and any subscriptions collected will be refunded. By making an application for membership, the applicant certifies that he is not and has never been a member of either of these parties. 

G.7 Any action under paragraph G.5 shall be confirmed by the EC at the earliest opportunity. 

G.8 A member shall be classed as ‘in good standing’ if at any given moment their subscriptions are up to date, they are not subject to any suspension or exclusion either from elected office or from standing as a candidate of any sort in any election, and they are not subject to any form of suspension or restriction as to their members hip of the Party. 

G.9 Any member who fails to maintain their subscriptions may have their membership revoked immediately, although a three months grace period may also be offered by the Party on a discretionary basis. Following the expiration of a membership, an ex – member’s payment of a membership subscription shall be considered to be a fresh application for membership. 

H: Data Protection and Branding Rules 

Data 

H.1.1 All persons holding a Party database (full or partial) must sign the Party’s Data Protection forms and return them to the Party Secretary. 

H.1.2 No member shall give a copy of any part of the Party database to any other member without first obtaining written consent from the Party Secretary. 

H.1.3 Any member who holds a Party database but is not entitled to do so must hand back the copy of the Database to the Party (or otherwise destroy it irrevocably if held in electronic form). The Party Chairman and Party Secretary may rescind authority to hold all or part of a Party database. 

H.1.4 All members have the right to view a copy of the records held about them on the Party database. This can be obtained only by sending an email request to the Party Secretary. 

H.1.5 Any person in receipt of a Party database shall take reasonable steps to ensure that the data is secure. 

H.1.6 Use of the Party database is authorised for contacting members for official Party purposes only. 

H.1.7 The Party shall comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and all other relevant Data Protection legislation. 

Publications 

H. 2.1 A Party publication is defined as any publication, whether physical or online, which bears the Party’s name and/or logo which purports to represent the Thurrock Independents. 

H.2.2 Apart from the exceptions detailed below, any Party publication must be authorised before it can be placed into the public domain. Any publication which awaits authorisation must be clearly labelled as ‘DRAFT’. 

H.2.3 The following people may authorise a Party publication: the Party Leader, the Party Chairman and the Party Agent. 

H.2.4 Any member who intentionally distributes a Party publication which is unauthorised shall be considered to bring the Party into disrepute. 

H.2.5 Any member producing a publication shall be responsible for ensuring that it is compliant with Party policy, electoral law, the publishing requirements of the Electoral Commission, the Advertising Standards code of practice and the law relating to defamation. 

H.2.6 Any material breach of Section H of these Rules of Procedure may form grounds for disciplinary action under Section P. 

Online Conduct 

H.3.1 For the purpose of these Rules of Procedure, ‘online conduct’ shall refer to any Facebook status or group, Twitter post, forum post, posting on any other social media account, website, email, blog, article or other material published on the internet by a member. 

H.3.2 For the purpose of H.3.1, a member’s online conduct shall include postings under a pseudonym or alias. 

H.3.3 Whilst the Party recognises the right of members to hold their own personal views, members should be aware at all times that their online conduct may reflect upon the Party, and should act in such a way as to avoid causing embarrassment to the Party. 

H.3.4 Any of the following people may require the immediate withdrawal of a member’s online content: The Party Leader, the Party Chairman, the Party Secretary. Failure to withdraw content promptly shall be considered grounds for disciplinary action under Section P of these Rules of Procedure. 

H.3.5 All Party members shall refrain from any posting expressing racist, homophobic, xenophobic or otherwise discriminatory views. 

H.3.6 All Party members shall refrain from using the Thurrock Independents logo in terms of their online postings, including avatars, unless they have express written consent to do so from the Party Chairman. 

H.3.7 All Party members shall avoid, in the context of political discussion online, conduct in serious breach of internet etiquette including spamming, flaming, trolling and flooding. 

H.3.8 No Party member shall share, retweet, ‘like’ or otherwise distribute online content created by, or in support of, any organisation on the Proscribed List. 

H.3.9 All Party members shall avoid bullying or harassing conduct online or by email. 

H.3.10 No Party member shall falsely represent Party policy online. 

H.3.11 Any member who: 

  1. Holds public elected office;
  2. Has any position within the Party; 

c)   Has been selected as a candidate for any public election; 

shall be held to a higher standard of accountability than an ‘ordinary’ member of the Party, reflecting the increased level of media scrutiny for those whose comments are associated with the Party. For the purposes of Section H.3 of the Rules, such members shall hereinafter be referred to as ‘officials’. 

H.3.12 When making public statements which are at variance with Party policy, officials must make it clear that they are giving a personal view. Any such statements must be made in a constructive manner and not harm the image of the Party or risk bringing the Party into disrepute. 

H.3.13 Party officials’ standard of conduct in their personal life online should be such as to avoid causing embarrassment to the Party. 

H.3.14 Party officials shall avoid any public criticism of other Party members online. 

H.3.15 Party officials shall ensure that any criticism of those outside the Party is proportionate and not likely to cause embarrassment to the Party. 

H.3.16 In the event of a serious breach of Section H.3 of these Rules of Procedure, the Party Chairman may suspend a member from Party activities. 

H.3.17 Any such suspension shall be subject to appeal to the EC, whose decision shall be final. 

H.3.18 The possibility of suspension from Party activities shall not preclude the possibility that conduct may be referred to the Disciplinary Committee in accordance of Section P of these Rules of Procedure. 

Online Content 

H.4.1 These rules cover any Party related material on the internet, and in technology, including, but not limited to, websites, blogs, apps, chatrooms, and anything else featuring the party name and/or logo, produced by members. 

H.4.2 Any such material, both new and existing, needs approval from the Party Chairman, in writing (email will suffice). 

H.4.3 Details of how to view or access the material, and who has responsibility for updates must be provided as part of the approval process. 

I: Rules Governing Party Policies 

I.1 The Party Leader shall have the right to create or amend policy where new information or media interest requires the urgent formation or correction of Party policy. 

I.2 The Executive Committee may appoint a Policy Committee. The Policy Committee shall be a sub – committee of the Executive Committee. 

I.3 The Party Leader shall inform the EC Policy Committee of any action taken under I.1 without delay. 

I.4 Proposed new policies shall be sent to the Policy Committee for detailed consideration. 

I.5 Policies which have been ratified by the Policy Committee shall be scheduled for discussion by the Executive Committee. Policies approved by the Executive Committee shall become official Party Policy. 

I.6 All Party publications shall have regard to official Party Policy. 

I.7 No publicity material bearing Party branding shall contradict official Party Policy, though it may invite discussion of alternative policies or changes of direction. 

I.8 Any person producing Party – branded material which is in breach of rules I.6 and I.7 may be reported to the Discipline Committee under Section P of the Rules of Procedure if it is considered that the breach was intentional or reckless. 

I.9 Any material which contains statements which go beyond official Party Policy (for example, a candidate’s personal views) shall not represent these statements as official Party Policy. 

I.10 Party candidates, elected members and officials are entitled to disagree with official Party Policy. When making public statements which are at variance with official Party Policy they must make it clear that they are giving a personal view. Any such statements must be made in a constructive manner and not harm the i mage of the Party or risk bringing the Party into disrepute. 

I.11 The Executive Committee shall have responsibility for the final approval of all Manifestos. 

Internal Party Election Rules 

J: Rules Governing Campaigning and the Use of Party Databases for Internal Party Elections 

J.1 All campaigning in all internal Party elections should be conducted in a good spirit without personal attacks on opponents or other Party members. 

J.2 No Party member shall make use of Party databases to make unsolicited contact with members by any means whatsoever. 

J.3 Unauthorised use of the Party Database shall provide grounds for disciplinary action to be taken against a Party member. 

J.4 Where a candidate is found to have been unfairly advantaged by a third – party campaign promoting their candidature, then the Returning Officer may (with the consent of the Executive Committee) penalise the candidate in a proportionate manner. This may include a vote penalty or, in extremis, disqualification from the election altogether. 

J.5.1 By virtue of standing as a candidate, any candidate implicitly consents to grant the Party an unconditional licence to use any intellectual property related to the selection or election procedure. This shall include, but not be limited to, the written personal statement, the candidate’s photograph and video recordings of hustings meetings. This may include the publication of such information and the Party shall have the sole copyright to this data. 

J.5.2 A candidate agrees that his personal statements, photo (cropped as necessary), campaign website address (if any) and campaign video(s) (if any) may be made available as a hyperlink for more information on t he election’s electronic voting form. 

J.6 No new member shall be entitled to vote in any ballot of the Party until 28 days have elapsed from the commencement of his or her membership. 

J.7 Except where expressly stated otherwise in the Constitution or in these Rules of Procedure, the Returning Officer for all internal Party elections shall be appointed by the EC, who may at their discretion delegate this task to the Party Chairman. 

J.8 The Returning Officer, acting after consultation with the Party Chairman, shall have the responsibility for declaring an internal Party election null and void where the Returning Officer has no confidence that the election can be completed in a free and fair manner, in accordance with democratic principles. 

J.9 In the event that an internal Party election is declared null and void, the election shall be re – run as soon as it is practical to ensure a free and fair elect oral process. 

J.10 When publishing the date of an internal election, the Returning Officer will make clear the cut – off date at which members eligible to vote will be extracted from the database. 

J.11 Candidates and their supporters must not denigrate opposing candidates. 

J.12 In the event of a breach of these Rules, the Returning Officer may (with the consent of the Executive Committee) penalise the candidate in a proportionate manner. This may include a vote penalty or, in extremis, disqualification from the election altogether. 

J.13 These Rules shall apply to all internal Party elections conducted by show of hands, secret ballot, postal, telephone or e – voting, except where specified otherwise in these Rules of Procedure. In the event of a clash, the Rules for a specific type of election shall take precedence. 

K: Leadership Election Rules 

K.1  The Party Secretary shall appoint a Returning Officer within the Council Group to conduct the election. The Returning Officer shall not be a candidate. 

K.2 Timetable: Members within the Council Group will each get a single vote to decide who the Party Leader is.

K.3 Eligibility: Applicants must be a member of the party, in good standing as well as a sitting Councillor. 

K.4 Campaigning: Candidates and their supporters shall conduct campaigning activities in a friendly and constructive manner, and in accordance with the Party Constitution. In the case of a serious breach, the Returning Officer may disqualify the candidate from the election. No candidate may make unauthorised use of the Party membership lists or distribute any unsolicited material to members.

K.5 Method of voting: The method of voting will be in accordance with Article 7.6 of the Party Constitution, which states that “any contested election for the leadership shall be decided by a simple majority of the votes cast in the room”. 

K.6 Declaration: The Returning Officer shall produce a signed declaration of the results and announce the results of the elections as soon as the count has been completed to his or her satisfaction. 

L: Rules Governing Elections to the Executive Committee 

L.1 Balloting and counting for any Executive Committee election shall be as documented in chapter L. 

Returning Officer 

L.2.1 The EC shall appoint a Returning Officer to oversee the election to the Executive Committee, which shall normally take place between June and August. 

L.2.2 The Returning Officer shall not be a Candidate. 

L.2.3 The EC shall instruct the Returning Officer to conduct the election in accordance with Sections L.6 of these Party Election rules. 

Timetable 

L.3.1 The Returning Officer shall hold the elections at the AGM: 

L.3.2 The Returning Officer shall contact members via electronic communication the date of the election, the timetable for the election, the number of posts to be filled and instructions for candidates seeking nomination. 

Nominations 

L.4.1 A valid nomination shall consist of a Candidate’s consent to nomination.

L.4.2 Candidates who have been full members for less than one year at the closing date for nominations must be proposed and seconded by members who have been full members for more than one year at the said date, and their candidacy shall be subject to the consent of the Party Chairman. 

L.4.3 Nominations shall not be accepted from members who are currently suspended from holding Party office. 

Campaigning 

L.5.1 All campaigning should be conducted in a good spirit without attacks on opponents or other Party members. If the Returning Officer finds upon investigation that a candidate has breached this rule, then the Returning Officer may penalise that candidate to the extent that, in his or her opinion, the candidate benefited from the said actions. 

L.5.2 Even where a candidate has legitimate access to a Party Database, they are specifically not authorised to use that Database for any campaigning whatsoever in relation to this selection procedure. Candidates and their supporters are reminded that use of Party membership lists is subject to data protection legislation, and that improper use of such lists is a criminal offence. In addition, their attention is drawn to J.2, J.3 and J.4 of the Rules of Procedure. 

L.5.3 Where a candidate is found to have been unfairly advantaged by a third – party campaign promoting their candidature, then the Returning Officer may penalise the candidate to the extent that, in his or her opinion, the candidate benefited from the said campaign. 

L.5.4 No candidate or supporter shall make unsolicited contact with members by any means whatsoever. This shall include, but not be limited to, contact by telephone, post, email, SMS and online messaging. 

Voting

L.6.1 The Returning Officer will decide if voting should take place by hand or by secret ballot.

L.6.2 One voting paper shall be made available to each full member eligible to vote who is registered as a member on the closing date for nominations. 

Election to Public Office 

M: Rights and Responsibilities of Candidates 

M.1 By applying to become a candidate the applicant grants permission for the Party to make such use, including publication or broadcasting via any medium, as the Party sees fit of any intellectual property such as photographs, written personal statements, recorded information and any other data received by the Party from the applicant. 

 

M.2 The applicant further agrees, upon such application, that copyright in such material as is set out in M.1 shall henceforth solely vest in the Party. 

M.3 Anyone becoming a candidate consents to publication of the telephone numbers and email addresses that they have provided to the Party for the purpose of allowing members of the public to contact them, unless they expressly state in writing that such information is copyright or they advance any matter of personal security which reasonably justifies such information being withheld. 

M.4 The Executive Committee has the sole right to de – select candidates previously selected to stand for the Party at any type of public election and shall maintain a list of people who shall not be permitted to stand for the Party at any type of public election. 

M.5 In the event of serious misconduct by a candidate, the Party Chairman shall have the right to suspend a candidate for up to 7 days pending a decision from the Executive Committee. 

M.6 No former member of a Party or organisation on the proscribed list may be selected as a candidate for any type of election, whether external or internal to the Party. 

M.7 No member may stand for election as a candidate if they are currently a member of another political Party. 

M.8 At the time of application, a candidate must disclose any prior criminal convictions to the Party. 

M.9 In the event that a candidate is convicted of a criminal offence subsequent to disclosure under M.8, the candidate must notify the Party Secretary and the Party Chairman. Where the Party’s reputation could be affected, the matter shall be referred to the Party Chairman who may suspend the committee member from office pending an EC decision concerning removal from office. 

M.10 Failure to disclose information required in M.8 or M.9 may be grounds for disciplinary action. 

M.11 The selection of any candidate for any public election shall be subject to a vetting procedure, as from time to time determined by the EC, to verify that the candidate is an appropriate person to stand for public elected office. 

M.12 Membership of the Party does not confer any right to stand as a candidate. 

N: Candidate Selection Rules for Local Authority Elections and Council By-Elections 

N.1 Where there is more than one candidate willing to stand for a Council ward, the EC must give each potential candidate equal opportunity to present their case for selection. 

N.2 The EC shall then determine which candidate is selected by holding a vote. 

O: Rules for the Conduct of Party Members 

Rules Governing the Conduct of Ordinary Members 

O.1.1 An ‘ordinary member’ of the Party shall be defined as any member of the Party who does not hold elected office or any formal position within the Party. 

O.1.2 No ordinary member of the Party may purport to be a spokesperson for the Party without prior written consent of the relevant Party official as defined under D.4 of the Rules of Procedure. 

O.1.3 No ordinary member of the Party may misrepresent the policies of the Party, or associate the Party’s name with their own private opinions or conduct. 

O.1.4 Where an ordinary member of the Party is convicted of a serious criminal offence, the Party may consider this to be bringing the Party into disrepute where their Party membership is a matter of public knowledge or record. 

O.1.5 Where a member’s comments or actions in public, online or in the public domain are related to the Party or their political views, their comments should not be a cause of public misunderstanding of the Party or embarrassment to the Party. 

O.1.6 The conduct of members must not be bullying or harassing of other Party members. 

O.1.7 In the event of any breach of O.1.1 to O.1.6 above the Party Chairman and Party Secretary, may advise the member as regards their future conduct. 

O.1.8 Serious or repeated breaches of O.1.1 to O.1.6 above may provide grounds for Disciplinary action under Section P of the Rules of Procedure. 

O.1.9 Any action which is in public opposition to the Party or its core aims, or which brings the Party into disrepute, shall be considered to be grounds for Disciplinary action under Section P of the Rules of Procedure. 

O.1.10 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 Independents 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 either of the Party Secretary and two elected members of the EC. 

O.1.11 Any member who: 

a) Acts as agent for anyone standing against a Thurrock Independents candidate at any public election; 

b) Campaigns for anyone standing against an official Thurrock Independents candidate at any public election; 

c) Publicly repudiates an official Thurrock Independents candidate at any public election, or 

d) Otherwise assists the campaign of any person or political party against Thurrock Independents or any official Thurrock Independents candidate once selected for a public election 

may be considered to bring the Party into disrepute. 

Rules Governing the Conduct of Party Officials and Candidates 

O.2.1 All Party officials must comply with O.1.1 to O.1.6 above. 

O.2.2 It is the responsibility of all Party officials to be as clear as possible, when commenting upon any issue, as to whether they are giving a personal opinion or a Party position. 

O.2.3 Party officials should be aware that, by virtue of their position, there is the possibility that certain statements made by them in a personal capacity might be misrepresented and associated with the Party. It is the responsibility of Party officials to ensure that their conduct is such as not to cause embarrassment to the Party or to bring the Party into disrepute. 

O.2.4 In the event of any breach of O.2.1 to O.2.3 above the Party Chairman or Party Secretary may advise the official as regards their future conduct. 

O.2.5 Serious or repeated breaches of O.2.1 to O.2.3 above may provide grounds for the Party Chairman to suspend the official concerned from their position within the Party, or for Disciplinary action to be taken under Section P of the Rules of Procedure. 

O.2.6 All candidates for public elected office must also comply with the rules governing Party officials. 

Rules Governing the Conduct of Elected Members 

O.3 All elected members are expected to act at all times in a manner which reflects positively upon the Party, both in their personal and professional life. Elected members are expected to be aware that by virtue of their elected position, their actions are subject to greater public scrutiny and that therefore poor behaviour can damage the Party or bring it into disrepute. 

O.4 Elected members should not make public statements which contradict Party policy except in accordance with I.10 above. 

O.5 Elected members should refrain from public criticism of other Party members. 

O.6 In the event of a serious breach of O.4 or O.5 above, disciplinary action may be taken against the member concerned. 

O.7 Elected members are expected to make themselves available for media interviews, including at short notice and unsociable hours. 

O.8 Elected members are expected to remain as paid – up members of the Party for the remainder of their term of office. In addition elected members shall remain on the United Kingdom electoral register. A failure so to remain may be taken into account when reselection is being considered and may amount to a disciplinary matter. 

O.9 Elected members holding paid positions are expected to contribute extra to the party. 

O.10 Elected representatives shall accept collective decisions concerning membership of a Group. Notwithstanding any rule concerning the independent mandate of an elected representative, the Party may take any disciplinary measure, including expulsion from the Party, against any elected representative who fails to accept such collective decisions. By applying for reselection to be a candidate the applicant shall be deemed specifically to have read and agreed to this Rule. 

O.11 The extent to which O.3 and O.5 to O.10 above have been complied with by elected members with paid positions shall be noted and considered by an interview panel before an elected member is reselected as a candidate and shall, if deemed appropriate, be proper and valid reasons for the elected member being deselected. By applying for reselection to be a candidate of any kind the applicant shall be deemed specifically to have read and agreed to this Rule. 

O.12 All elected representatives must inform the Party Chairman immediately of any internal investigation made against them, and of any criminal investigation or court case pending. 

Discipline 

P: Disciplinary Rules 

P.1.1 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. 

P.1.2 Under Article 9.3 of the Constitution, any member “in good standing” may refer the conduct of any other member to the Party Secretary by email. The Party Secretary shall then act in accordance with the rules made under this Article and the rules of natural justice. 

P.1.3 Under Article 9.4 of the Constitution, the Party Secretary shall thereafter likewise act in accordance with the rules made under Article 9.1 and the rules of natural justice. 

P.1.4 The Party Secretary shall receive complaints from members and where appropriate conduct a preliminary investigation of the facts. He may at this stage discuss the matter with the Party Chairman to determine if it may be appropriate to deal with the complaint by means of informal action. 

P.1.5 Upon receipt of the complaint and the findings, the Party Secretary shall, in accordance with the more detailed rules hereunder: 

1. Write to the complainant to inform him of the fact that a Disciplinary hearing will now be held on his complaint; 

2. Write to the person subject of the complaint to inform him of its existence and inviting him to send to the Party Secretary any explanation he may care to make at that stage whilst explaining that it is his right not to make any comment on the allegation; 

3. Formulate a document specifying the allegations against the person subject of the complaint (hereinafter “the Respondent”); 

4. Nominate a Disciplinary Panel to hear the complaint ; 

5. Set a date and select a venue for the hearing of the complaint; 

6. Notify the Complainant and The Respondent of that date and venue. 

P.1.6 Where a complainant seeks specific restitution in resolution of a complaint, for example in relation to a candidate selection process, the rules of equity shall apply in that the complaint must be made without delay and in any event within one week of the alleged malfeasance occurring. 

Disciplinary Panel 

P.2.1 The Disciplinary Panel shall be responsible for hearing all matters which proceed under these Rules without informal action. 

P.2.2 The Party Secretary shall be Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel (hereinafter referred to as “the Panel Chairman”) and shall chair hearings of the Disciplinary Panel, except in the circumstances in P.2.3 and P.2.4 below. Under Article 9.7 of the Constitution, 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. 

P.2.3 If the Party Secretary is the subject of a complaint he may not act in relation to the complaint in any manner. 

P.2.4 If the Party Secretary is unavailable or if the complaint originates from the Party Secretary, the complaint shall be passed to a voting member of the EC who shall act in the place of the Party Secretary until the Party Secretary becomes available or the EC appoints an independent Chairman to chair the Disciplinary Panel. 

P.2.5 Disciplinary Panel members shall be disqualified from dealing with any complaint in which they may be required to give evidence, or where there is a close connection with either the complainant or the respondent. Such disqualification shall be at the discretion of the Panel Chairman. 

P.2.6 It shall be the duty of the Disciplinary Panel member to draw to the Panel Chairman’s attention any matter which creates or appears to create a conflict of interest with his sitting as a Panel member in a particular case. 

P.2.7 The Party Secretary shall nominate at his discretion either two or four voting members of the EC to hear a complaint to be members of a Disciplinary Panel. 

P.2.8 The Voting members of the EC thus nominated shall hear the complaint in respect of which they have been nominated. 

P.2.9 Disciplinary Panel members shall be indemnified from any legal or financial liability by the Party for any reasonable action they may take. The Disciplinary Panel shall use their best endeavours to minimise such liabilities. 

Complaints Procedure 

P.3.1 The complaints procedure should be invoked only when all other reasonable steps have been taken to resolve an issue or dispute, or where an action is so serious that only disciplinary action is appropriate. 

P.3.2 A complaint must be made in writing to the Party Secretary. The complainant must state the grounds for the complaint, quoting specific breaches of the Party Constitution or Rules of Procedure and including any supporting factual evidence. 

P.3.3 The Party Secretary may, at his discretion, consult with the complainant and/or the respondent to ascertain additional information and/or evidence. 

P.3.4 If the Party Secretary considers that the complaint is not substantive (i.e. that it does not relate to a specific breach of the Party Constitution or Rules of Procedure), he shall dismiss the complaint. 

P.3.5 A respondent who promptly acknowledges fault may, at the discretion of the Party Secretary, be issued with advice as to future conduct or a written caution as to future behaviour. In such circumstances, no further disciplinary action shall be required. 

P.3.6 Once the document specifying the nature and particulars of the complaint to be heard, it shall be sent to the complainant, to the respondent and to the nominated voting members of the EC who will hear the complaint together with copies of witness statements, documents and other material forming the complaint produced under Procedure for hearings, below . 

Hearings 

P.4.1 If the complaint is not upheld at the Hearing, the complaint shall be dismissed. If the complaint is upheld, the Disciplinary Panel shall decide what action is to be taken and may impose a penalty as described in Article 9.5 of the Party Constitution. If tied, the Panel Chairman shall have a casting vote. The Discipline Committee shall at all times exercise its powers with proper regard for the principle of proportionality. 

P.4.2 Expulsion from the Party also entails expulsion from all Party offices held. 

P.4.3 A ruling by the Hearing Panel shall take immediate effect unless the Panel expressly states otherwise. 

P.4.4 A verbal ruling given by the Hearing Panel shall be confirmed in writing to the complainant and respondent as soon as practicable. 

Appeals 

P.5.1 Under Article 9.7 of the Constitution, 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 Panel at first instance may be a member of the appeal panel for the matter at hand. 

P.5.2 An appeal against the findings of a Disciplinary Panel must be lodged in writing with the Party Secretary within fourteen days of receipt of the written findings. An appeal may only be lodged by a respondent where a complaint has been upheld. The appeal must state the grounds for the appeal, which may be against the findings or the penalty imposed or both. The appellant shall send a fee of £500 towards the costs of holding an appeal hearing. 

P.5.3.1 The Appeals Chairman shall appoint two voting members of the EC (who may not be members of the original Disciplinary Panel) as an Appeals Panel (hereinafter referred to as “the Appeal Panel”). If eligible members of the EC are unavailable, the Appeals Chairman shall, with the advice and assistance of the Party Secretary, appoint other Party members onto the Appeal Panel as necessary. 

P.5.3.2 If an appellant wishes to withdraw their appeal, they may do so by writing to the Party Secretary. In such circumstances, the fee shall only be returned if the Party has not yet incurred any costs relating to the appeal. 

P.5.4 The Appeal Panel shall examine the evidence submitted to the Disciplinary Panel, its findings and the notice of appeal and any representations made to it by either the complainant or the Appellant and thereafter may: 

a) Dismiss the appeal; 

b) Allow the appeal in whole or in part; 

P.5.5 Upon dismissing the appeal the Appeal Panel may: 

a) Increase the penalty imposed; or 

b) Substitute another penalty for that originally imposed; or 

c) Confirm the penalty imposed; and 

d) Make an order that the member forfeit his fee by way of costs 

P.5.6 Upon allowing the appeal in part the Appeal Panel may: 

a) Notwithstanding the appeal being allowed, confirm the penalty as appropriate and proportional; or 

b) Reduce the penalty imposed; and 

c) Make an order that the Appellant forfeit such amount of his fee as is deemed appropriate in all the circumstances 

P.5.7 Upon allowing the Appeal in whole The Appeal Panel: 

a) Shall remit the penalty forthwith; 

b) May order that the Appellant forfeit his fee in whole or in part if it considers that the Appellant brought the proceedings upon himself by his conduct in whole or in part. 

If tied, the Appeals Chairman shall have a casting vote. 

Other 

P.6.1 If a Party Office holder or a holder of public elected office becomes subject to legal proceedings he shall notify the Party Secretary immediately. The Party Secretary may refer the matter to the Disciplinary Panel at his discretion. 

P.6.2 The Disciplinary Panel may invoke disciplinary proceedings against any member it considers to have made a frivolous or malicious complaint. 

P.6.3 Party members shall refrain from commenting on cases in Party meetings or in public while disciplinary proceedings are pending. The Disciplinary Panel may invoke disciplinary proceedings against any member it considers to have breached this requirement. 

P.6.4 All complaints, Hearing and Appeal proceedings shall b e treated as confidential, except that the Panel Chairman may publicise a suspension pending a hearing and the EC may, at its discretion, issue a statement summarising the findings on completion of Hearing and Appeal Panel proceedings. 

P.6.5 Party members shall not under any circumstances attempt to contact Disciplinary Panel members about pending cases. Any such breach by a complainant or respondent shall result in immediate suspension from membership and referral to the Disciplinary Panel. Any such breach by any other member may result in immediate suspension from membership and referral to the Disciplinary Panel. All correspondence about pending cases shall be conducted through the Panel Chairman or a person duly authorised by him. 

P.6.6 The Party Secretary shall summarise the progress of pending complaints and disciplinary hearings at each EC meeting. 

P.6.7 The burden of proof required for a complaint to be upheld against any Respondent at a disciplinary hearing shall be the balance of probabilities. 

Procedure for Disciplinary Hearings 

P.7.1 The Panel Chairman shall compile a bundle of documents which shall consist of: 

(a) The complaint and supporting written evidence; 

(b) Any written response and supporting written evidence from the respondent, and 

(c) Any additional material which shall be at the discretion of the Panel Chairman. 

P.7.2 This bundle shall be sent to complainant, respondent and Hearing Panel members. 

P.7.3 The complainant and respondent are each entitled to have one friend or legal adviser present at the Hearing. Complainants and respondents must notify the Panel Chairman in advance if intending to bring a friend or legal adviser. 

P.7.4 Any such per son shall not be allowed to act as an advocate, and shall be bound by Party Rules on Discipline, including confidentiality requirements. 

P.7.5 Any breaches of confidentiality by a friend or legal adviser will be treated as a breach by the complainant/respondent him/herself. 

P.7.6 Complainants and respondents are expected to notify the Panel Chairman in advance if intending to call witnesses. No expenses shall be reimbursed by the Party. 

P.7.7 Statements by complainants, respondents and witnesses may be made in writing (and if supplied in advance shall form part of the bundle of documents), but complainant and respondent must attend the hearing in person to answer questions. Witnesses may also be required to attend at the discretion of the Panel Chairman. The Panel Chairman may rule as inadmissible any evidence that is deemed irrelevant or is not supported by witness statements. 

P.7.8 If complainant or respondent is unable to attend, the Hearing shall proceed regardless. Members of the Panel may at their discretion question complainant, respondent and witnesses in order to protect the interests of the absent party. 

Format of Hearing 

P.8.1 The complainant may make a statement to the Hearing Panel. 

P.8.2 The respondent may question the complainant. 

P.8.3 Hearing Panel members and the Panel Chairman may question the complainant. 

P.8.4 The complainant may call witnesses, who shall be questioned by the complainant, respondent and Hearing Panel members and Chairman in turn. 

P.8.5 The respondent may make a statement to the Hearing Panel.

P.8.6 The complainant may question the respondent. 

P.8.7 Hearing Panel members and the Panel Chairman may question the respondent. 

P.8.8 The respondent may call witnesses, who shall be questioned by the respondent, complainant and Hearing Panel members and Chairman in turn. 

P.8.9 The respondent may sum up. 

P.8.10 The complainant may sum up. 

P.8.11 The complainant, the respondent and their friends or legal advisers shall then leave the room and the Hearing Panel shall decide whether to uphold or reject the complaint. If time permits, the Panel shall reach a judgment immediately, but may reserve judgment if necessary. All deliberations, including voting, shall be confidential. 

P.8.12 The complainant and respondent shall be notified of the findings in writing as soon as practicable thereafter. 

Procedure for Appeals 

P.9.1 The Appeals Chairman shall compile a bundle of documents which shall consist of: 

a) The bundle of documents from the original hearing; 

b) The report and findings of the hearing; 

c) The notice of appeal, and 

d) Any additional material which shall be at the discretion of the Appeal Chairman. This bundle shall be sent to the appellant, the Hearing Panel Chairman and Appeal Panel members. 

P.9.2 The appellant is allowed to have one friend or legal adviser present at the Appeal. The appellant is expected to notify the Appeal Chairman in advance if intending to bring a friend or legal adviser. Any such person shall not be allowed to act as an advocate, and shall be bound by Party Rules on Discipline, including confidentiality requirements. Any breaches of confidentiality by a friend or legal adviser will be treated as a breach by the appellant him/herself. 

P.9.3 Witnesses shall not normally be allowed at appeals, except at the discretion of the Appeal Chairman if he is satisfied that new evidence not available to the Hearing Panel is now available. If the new evidence was known to the party who seeks to adduce it at the time of the original hearing, the Appeal Chairman shall refuse to admit it unless to do so would offend the rules of natural justice. The appellant must notify the Appeal Chairman at least seven days in advance if intending to call witnesses. 

P.9.4 Statements by the appellant and witnesses may be made in writing, but the appellant must attend the hearing. 

Format of Appeal Hearings 

P.10.1 The appellant may make a statement to the Appeal Panel. 

P.10.2 Appeal Panel members and the Appeal Chairman may question the appellant. 

P.10.3 If authorised by the Appeal Chairman, the appellant may call witnesses, who shall be questioned by the appellant, Appeal Panel members and Chairman in turn. 

P.10.4 The Hearing Panel Chairman may make a statement. Appeal Panel members and the Appeal Chairman may question the Hearing Panel Chairman. 

P.10.5 The appellant may sum up. 

P.10.6 The appellant, friends or legal advisers and Hearing Panel Chairman shall the n leave the room and the Appeal Panel shall decide whether to uphold or reject the complaint. If time permits, the Panel shall reach a judgment immediately, but may reserve judgment if necessary. Deliberations shall be confidential. 

P.10.7 The appellant and Hearing Panel Chairman shall be notified of the findings in writing as soon as practicable thereafter. 

Actions Taken Under Chairman’s Emergency Powers 

P.11.1 These Rules shall cover action taken by the Party Chairman under Article 9.9 of the Party Constitution, which states “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, notify the Party Secretary of his action forthwith”. 

P.11.2 The Party Chairman, or his designated deputy, shall be the Complainant at any Emergency Disciplinary Panel which ensues. 

P.11.3 The Complainant will prepare a written statement of the specific allegations against the Respondent and a summary of any supporting evidence which led to his exercise of his emergency powers. 

P.11.4 This written statement and summary of supporting evidence must be sent to the Party Secretary and the Respondent, giving the Respondent as much notice as reasonably practical of the specific allegations prior to the hearing. 

P.11.5 The first business of the Emergency Disciplinary Panel shall be to review the use of the Chairman’s emergency powers for compliance with the phrase ‘exceptional gravity and urgency’. 

P.11.6 The Panel will uphold the decision of the Chairman’s emergency powers unless it finds that no reasonable Chairman could, taking into account all of the circumstances known by the Chairman at the time, have considered the matter to be of ‘exceptional gravity and urgency’. 

P.11.7 ‘Exceptional gravity’ will be considered to refer to any behaviour which could result in expulsion from the Party, criminal proceedings, or reputational damage to the Party or any of its members. 

P.11.8 ‘Exceptional urgency’ will be considered to include any situation which is time – sensitive, or where there is potential for further damage to be caused to the Party or any of its members by further delay, or where delay could lead to negative media coverage. 

P.11.9 Both Complainant and Respondent may address the Panel on the question of whether the ‘exceptional gravity and urgency’ test was correctly applied. 

P.11.10 In the event that the Emergency Disciplinary Panel finds that the Chairman’s actions did not meet the standard of ‘exceptional gravity and urgency’, the Panel may only continue to hear the matter provided that sufficient information is available to proceed and that it is in the interests of natural justice to do so. 

P.11.11 Where it finds that the standard of ‘ exceptional gravity and urgency’ has not been met, the Panel may revoke the order of the Party Chairman acting under Article 9.11(d)(i) or 9.11(d)(ii) of the Party Constitution. 

P.11.12 Once satisfied that it is reasonable for the matter to proceed, the Hearing shall take the format described in the Procedure for Disciplinary Hearings (P.7) and thereafter make any order permitted under Article 9.11 of the Party Constitution.