Christian Democratic Party

CONSTITUTION*

1) Name:

The name of our Organisation will be the Christian Democratic Party or any other descriptions registered with the Electoral Commission;

 

2) Core Aims & Values:

  1. We aim to maintain the United Kingdom as a Democracy founded on Christian faith and principles;

  2. We aim to defend the integrity of the United Kingdom and its national sovereignty;

  3. We will work to ensure the safety and security of this country and its people;

  4. We aim to uphold the right of self-determination and the principle of subsidiarity;

  5. We aim for a Christian democratic revival to restore values which will enhance and defend our society, our people and our economy, based on ethical principles;  

  6. We aim to defend the right of freedom of speech (without fear of punishment or retribution);

  7. We believe that each human life, from conception to natural death, is unique and precious in the eyes of God. We will aim to make adequate care provision for the weakest and most vulnerable in society. We are pro-life, anti-human cloning and anti-euthanasia;  

  8. We will defend the rights of the family unit in ways such as; supporting families who are considering divorce by introducing schemes designed to support resolution and / or reconciliation, better tax relief for married couples and the right of parents to educate their children; 

  9.  We will act to end modern forms of slavery such as prostitution, ‘ownership’ of individuals and groups, unfair wages and unfair working conditions;

  10.  We will respect the right of freedom of all peaceful religions; 

  11. We will promote a healthy society; 

  12. We will promote a strong economy which is to everyone’s benefit; 

  13.  We will promote a peace among peoples and nations which is not merely the absence of war;

  14.  We will maintain a just and impartial judiciary;

  15.  We will campaign for ethical, honest and objective communications and news media;

  16.  We will campaign for a high quality modern education and teaching in schools, colleges and universities (crucial for the moral, social and professional development of our nation and for the economy); 

 

3) National Executive Committee:

  1. The NEC is comprised of all officers in the party;

  2. It will be the CDP’s administrative authority and responsible for its efficient organisation and management;

  3. The duties of all officers will be defined by the NEC;

  4. All NECs will adhere to our Key Policy Objectives and Core Aims & Values when creating new policies, strategies, or changes to the constitution;

  5. Meetings will take place at least four times a year;

  6. A meeting will not be valid unless all of the officers have been invited and at least 3 of the following positions (or their Deputy / Assistant if written confirmation of absence is received) must be present: Leader, Chairman, General Secretary and Treasurer; 

  7. The NEC Chairman will have a casting vote in addition to an ordinary vote;

 

4) Appointment of Officers:

  1. No less frequent than every four years, the National Executive Committee (NEC) will be elected comprising the National Officers of the Organisation. Namely;

i) Leader

ii) Deputy Leader

ii)  Chairman

iv) Vice-Chairman

v) General Secretary and Treasurer

vi) Assistant Secretary – Meetings

vii) Assistant Secretary – Membership

viii) Assistant Treasurer – Accounts

ix) Campaigns Officer

x) Nominating Officer

xi) Press Officer

xii) Website Officer

  1. Any prospective officer may only hold one post in the NEC, except for those in the positions of Leader, General Secretary and Treasurer, and Nominating Officer, who can hold more than one post (or as per rules of the Electoral Commission at that time); 

  2. All party members with voting rights will be invited to vote on their choice of party officer for each role candidates stand for. If the number of votes are equal for two or more candidates, then the NEC Chairman will have a casting vote; 

  3. All officers, excluding the Chairman, have one member vote. Holding more than one officer role will not entitle a party officer to have more than one vote;

  4. If any officer of the party leaves their position, the party will appoint a new officer within 14 days. All party members who hold a casting vote will be eligible to apply for the position. The successful applicant will be subject to the voting rules based on the rules stipulated in point 5b;

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

 

5) Membership:

  1. Members are required to be of legal voting age for Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the date of joining and be registered on the electoral roll. 

  2. An individual can apply to join the CDP but they will be required to pay a membership fee based on the published joining fee at the time of application;

  3. Any new member (or member who has left the party and wishes to return) will receive voting rights after consecutive membership of four months;

  4. All members with voting rights are eligible to apply to be an Officer when a position becomes available;

  5. Non-payment of member’s fees will result in membership being withdrawn and voting rights being lost;

  6. A two-thirds majority of the NEC will require any member to be expelled (or have their application rejected) from the party for reasons including but not limited to; 5.6.1

    1. Their application containing falsehoods

    2. Their actions deemed to bring (or have brought) the CDP into disrepute. 

              In such cases the NEC’s decision will be final.

              Expelled members will not be allowed to rejoin the party. 

   7. Members are not allowed to be members of other political parties. 

6) Meetings: 

  1. There will be an Annual General Meeting (AGM) to conduct routine business.

  2. An Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) will be held when necessary to adopt policy.

  3. The Leader may call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) if, considering the circumstances, it seems reasonable to do so;

  4. All Members will be invited to all 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;

  5. 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;

 

7) Financial Scheme: 

A financial Scheme will be adopted – one for Great Britain (if registered with the Electoral Commission), and one for Northern Ireland (if registered with the Electoral Commission). Each scheme will be unique (different from each other) and kept separate using separate bank accounts and accounting records. It will be the responsibility of the party Treasurer to manage and maintain both financial schemes. The party (Organisation) will be administered centrally and through two separate funds, one for Great Britain and one for Northern Ireland. Subscriptions and other monies due or donated to the party (Organisation) shall be put into the appropriate fund. From these separate funds all owed monies shall be paid for by the Organisation which is liable. The two separate funds 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;

8) General Points: 

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

  2. The party will endeavour to stand candidates at local and general elections via a candidate selection process;

  3. Amendments to 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;

  4. The Chairman shall have power to interpret the rules of this constitution should there be any dispute in its application and shall also have power to deal with any matter not provided for.

 

*Please see comment c) at the bottom of our Terms of Use.

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