Constitution

The Campaign for a Yorkshire Parliament was formally established at a public meeting in Huddersfield on Saturday 10 November 2018 when those present adopted the following constitution

1. Name:

The Campaign for a Yorkshire Parliament

2. Aims:

To campaign for a devolved parliament and government for the county of Yorkshire.

This parliament’s prime purpose would be to transform the county into one of economic and social prosperity and inclusion, and ecological sustainability by empowering people from every level of society and every background to participate fully in decisions affecting both their immediate communities’ and the county’s future.

For the purpose of this constitution Yorkshire is defined as but not limited to the three traditional ridings plus the City of York

3. Steering Group

A steering group shall manage the organisation. The steering group will be appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the organisation.

4. Carrying out the aims

In order to carry out the organisations aims, the steering group has the power to:

  • (1)raise funds, receive grants and donations
  • (2)apply funds to carry out the work of the organisation
  • (3)co-operate with and support other organisations with similar purposes
  • (4)do anything which is lawful and necessary to achieve the purposes

5. Membership

The organisation shall have a membership.

Anyone who supports the work of the organisation and are aged 16 or over, can apply to the steering group to become a member. The steering group will keep an up-to-date membership list.

Members are eligible to vote in internal elections and to stand for office

Members must pay an annual subscription according to current rates, details of which will be published on the campaigns website. The steering group may add or remove different styles of membership and set fees for these accordingly.

The steering group may remove a person’s membership if they believe it is in the best interests of the organisation. The member has the right to be heard by the steering group before the decision is made and can be accompanied by a friend

6. Annual General Meeting - AGM

  • (1) The AGM must be held within 15 months of the previous one; with 14 days notice given to all members telling them what is on the agenda. Minutes must be kept of the AGM.
  • (2) There must be at least ten members present at the AGM
  • (3) Every member has one vote.
  • (4) The steering group shall present the annual report and accounts.
  • (5) Any member may stand for election as a member of the steering group.
  • (6) Members shall elect between 3 and 10 steering group members to serve for the next year. They will retire at the next AGM but may stand for re -election

7. Steering Group meetings

  • (1) The steering group must hold at least 4 meetings each year. At their first meeting after the AGM they will elect a chair, treasurer and secretary.Members of the steering group may act by majority decision.
  • (2) At least 3 steering group members must be present at the meeting to be able to take decisions. Minutes shall be kept for every meeting.
  • (3) If a steering group member has a conflict of interest they must declare it and leave the meeting while this matter is being discussed or decided.
  • (4) During the year, the steering group may appoint up to 3 additional steering group members. They will stand down at the next AGM.
  • (5) The steering group may make reasonable additional rules to help run the organisation. These rules must not conflict with this constitution.

8.Money and property

  • (1)No financial commitments should be entered into without the approval of the Steering Group. Money and property must only be used for the organisation’s purposes.
  • (2) The Steering Group is responsible for all financial matters and the propriety of financial transactions. The Steering Group is responsible for budgets, financial reports, the annual accounts, for ensuring that an independent audit of the accounts is undertaken and for ensuring that the audited accounts are presented on time. The Steering Group is responsible for ensuring that any required financial returns are submitted to the appropriate authorities in a timely fashion.
  • The Steering Group is responsible for ensuring that a proper system of financial control is in place, in particular that all financial commitments and transactions are properly entered into and authorised, that financial delegations are properly approved, where these apply, and that monies due are brought to account in a timely manner.

  • (3) Steering group members cannot receive any money or property from the organisation, except to refund reasonable out of pocket expenses.
  • (4) Money must be held in the campaign’s bank account. The steering group shall establish a set of appropriate financial delegations and regulations.

9. General meetings

The steering group may call a general meeting at anytime or must call a meeting if they receive a written request from the majority of members. All members must be given 14 days notice and told the reason for the meeting. All decisions require a simple majority of those attending. Minutes must be kept.

A minimum of 3 members must be present at these meetings

10. Winding up and changes to the constitution

A ballot of members will be called to consider any change to the constitution, or to wind up the organisation, such decisions require a simple majority of those voting. Any money or property remaining after payment of debts must be given to an organisation with similar purposes to this one