ROB MCWHIRTER: Bolton’s Constitutional Proposals ‘Illegal’
Editors Note: The letter below was sent to Henry Bolton this morning.
You say that the constitution must be amended under the terms of the existing one, then write:
09 March 2018 – 2nd, consolidated, Draft Constitution distributed. 2nd
consultation period commences.
25 March 2018 – 2nd consultation period ends. Should twenty or more properly constituted and duly registered constituency associations or branches agree, then…
28 March 2018 – Postal ballot called, postal ballot papers dispatched and 3rd Draft Constitution published on Party Website.
HOWEVER, for the branches to request a vote, they must have complied with:
13.2.2 Any constituency association or branch requiring a vote to be taken on a proposed amendment shall file with the Party Chairman a certificate that the majority of members at a properly constituted Extraordinary General Meeting or Annual General Meeting of the constituency association or branch voted in favour of such an amendment.
B.4.3 of the rulebook requires:
B.4.3 An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the branch shall be held when called for a specific purpose by the branch committee, by the Party Chairman or by the written request to the branch chairman or secretary of 25% of branch members in good standing. An EGM must be held within 6 weeks of being validly called and 21 days’ notice to all branch members must be given.
And I believe that they would need to vote on the final wording of the constitution, not an interim draft.
Once you have found a competent lawyer who can explain to you how the existing constitution and rules work, then I might be willing to consider your proposals further.
Meanwhile, I have a flight from Zurich to Birmingham to prepare for.
Founder member, overseas facilitator and ex-nec.