Non-entrenched Clauses

 

D. Non-entrenched Clauses

1.   The Organisation will carry out the lawful requirements of the Electoral Commission.

2.   a) There will be an Annual General Meeting to conduct routine business.

b) An Ordinary General Meeting will be held to adopt policy.

c) The Leader may call an Extraordinary General Meeting  if, having regard to all the circumstances, it seems reasonable to do so.

3.  a) All Members will be invited to General Meetings at which each will have one vote.  Members who are unable to attend will be able to vote by proxy on instruction to the Chairman of the meeting.  The Chairman will have a casting vote in addition to an ordinary vote.

b) Notice of a General Meeting must be sent to Members six weeks before the date of the Meeting.  Agenda and details of any nominations for posts of National Officers must be sent to Members two weeks before the date of the Meeting.

4.   a) All Members will be invited every four years to elect from the membership the National Executive Committee comprising the National Officers of the Organisation: namely;

i) President,

ii) Leader,

iii) Deputy Leader,

iv) Chairman,

v) Vice-Chairman,

vi) General Secretary and Treasurer,

vii) Assistant Secretary – Meetings,

viii) Assistant Secretary – Membership,

ix) Assistant Treasurer – Accounts,

x) Campaigns Officer,

xi) Nominating Officer,

xii) Press Officer,

xiii) Website Officer.

b) All elections and appointments to the National Executive Committee – except those to the posts of Leader, General Secretary and Treasurer, and Nominating Officer – are subject to the absolute rule that nobody may hold more than one post on the National Executive Committee.

[Note: the exception in this sub-clause is for the purpose of ensuring consistency with the requirements of the Electoral Commission.]

5.  a) A two-thirds majority of the Members voting at a General Meeting of the Organisation will require a National Officer to resign.

b) If the post of Leader falls vacant between elections the National Executive Committee will assume the Leader’s responsibilities and will elect a new Leader within three months.

c) If the post of any other National Officer falls vacant between elections or remains vacant following them, then the Leader will appoint a replacement within six months.

d) The National Executive Committee may authorise the Leader to postpone the appointment of a replacement National Officer if, having regard to all the circumstances, it seems reasonable to the National Executive Committee to do so.

6.   A Financial Scheme will be adopted.  The Organisation will be administered centrally and shall have a central fund into which shall be paid all subscriptions and other monies due or donated to the Organisation and from which shall be paid accounts for which the Organisation is liable.  The central fund shall be under the control of the National Officers.  All membership fees and donations to the Organisation will fund the work of the National Executive Committee.  The National Executive Committee may set up Accounting Units enabled to accept donations.

7.   a) The National Executive Committee will be the Organisation’s administrative authority and responsible for its efficient organisation and management.

b) The National Executive Committee will meet at least four times a year.  The Chairman will have a casting vote.

c) A meeting of the National Executive Committee will not be valid unless all the National Officers have been invited and amongst those present are the Leader or Deputy Leader, Chairman or Vice-Chairman, and General Secretary and Treasurer or Assistant.

d) The duties attached to the posts of National Officers will be defined by the National Executive Committee.

8.   a) The classes of membership and the membership fees will be fixed by the Annual General Meeting.

b) A Member who has not paid their membership fee for the preceding year will be deemed a Lapsed Member and will forfeit all voting rights until payment of arrears of fees in full.

c) Lapsed Members will be struck from the membership roll after two years.

d) Any Member wishing to resign their membership of the Organisation must state their intention in writing to the General Secretary and Treasurer.

9.   The Chairman shall have power to interpret these rules should there be any dispute concerning their application and shall also have power to deal with any matter not provided for.

10.   Amendments to Non-entrenched Clauses of this Constitution may be proposed by the National Executive Committee or by any Members at any time.  Clauses will only be amended if three-fifths of Members voting at a General Meeting of the Organisation agree.

E. Key Policy Objectives

To maintain the United Kingdom as a Democracy founded on Christian faith and principles.

To defend the integrity of the United Kingdom and its national sovereignty.

To secure the retention of the Pound Sterling as the national currency.

To support efforts to prevent further ceding of power for the people of this country to govern themselves, to repatriate such powers, and promote efforts and a referendum to that end.

To vigorously oppose the signing of any further European Union treaties not supported by a referendum.

To uphold the right of self-determination and the principle of subsidiarity.

To support European solidarity as a commonwealth of nations, a young and dynamic Europe that is a sign of hope for the world.

To seek a Europe in which freedom of religion and conscience is acknowledged and is a place of harmony, peace, freedom and respect for life and human dignity.

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