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PART I

NAME, PURPOSE, OBJECTS and VALUES

1.1          This is the constitution of the organisation which shall be known as ‘Activate’.

1.2          Activate is an independent national grassroots campaigning organisation that seeks to actively engage young people in right of centre politics, make a case for what Conservatism can offer and provide a platform to enable their voices to be heard. We are committed to modern, open and member-driven politics in the Conservative Party, working to get Conservatives elected and ensuring that a Conservative government is in power.

 

PART II

MEMBERSHIP

2.1          Membership of this organisation is open to any person resident in the United Kingdom who shares our values and who undertakes to be bound by this constitution and our Code of Ethics.

2.2          Members are expected to be supporters of the Conservative Party.

2.3          Membership of Activate is not compatible with membership of, or association with, any registered political party other than the Conservative Party.

2.4          Membership shall be split between young members, aged 24 years and younger, and full members aged 25 years and older.

2.5          Membership subscription payments shall be charged annually to all members, collected by the organisation directly with all funds being kept and belonging to the organisation.

2.6          The National Committee has the power to terminate membership of any member should it be decided, by a majority vote, that the member has acted in a way that is contrary to the values of the organisation. There shall be no grounds for appeal.

 

PART III

THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE

3.1          A National Committee for the organisation shall be established and maintained and will act as the supreme body of the organisation.

3.2          The National Committee will consist of the following:

  • A National Chairman, responsible for the overall running of the organisation.
  • A Membership Director, responsible for recruiting and maintaining members and coordinating the engagement of members with the activities of the organisation.
  • A Campaign Director, responsible for formulating campaign activity for the organisation, helping to utilise our membership to help campaign for the Conservative Party in elections in all regions of the UK and liaising with Conservative Campaign Head Quarters, Members of Parliament and candidates on all campaigning matters.
  • A Fundraising Director, responsible for raising funds through various methods to support the activities of the organisation.
  • A Media Director, responsible for coordinating the media activities of the organisation both digital and in print.
  • A Policy Director, responsible for formulating the policy position of the organisation and to act as a conduit between our membership and the Conservative Party on policy issues by stimulating discussion.
  • A Secretary, responsible for ensuring the organisation is organised and administrated at all times to the highest standard as would be expected of a national political campaign organisation.

3.2          A member may hold only one National Committee position at any one time.

3.3          All positions on the National Committee shall be open to all current eligible members, with the position elected annually, usually in January, by ballot with all current eligible members invited to vote. The member with the highest number of votes shall be elected. The election shall be carried out according to the organisations process of elections.

3.4          All nominations for a position on the National Committee must be received within the specified time frame, and be nominated and seconded by another current eligible member.

3.5          Should any member of the National Committee resign during the annual term, the National Chairman has the authority to appoint a replacement for the duration of the term.

3.6          The National Committee shall meet in person, or virtually, no less than six times in any calendar year.

3.7          Quorum for a meeting of the National Committee shall be five.

3.8          In instances that there is a tied vote during a meeting of the National Committee, the National Chairman shall have the casting vote.

3.9          The National Committee shall have the power to appoint members to other key roles in the organisation as they see fit in order to achieve the aims of the organisation. This excludes the roles of Regional Representatives which shall be elected annually.

 

PART IV

REGIONS

4.1          There shall be twelve Regional Representatives, each representing their respective region in the United Kingdom. They shall work with the National Chairman and the Directors to carry out the activities of the organisation to the best of their ability within their region.

4.2          The twelve regions shall consist of:

East of England, East Midlands, Greater London, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire & the Humber.

4.3          All Regional Representative positions shall be open to all current eligible members, with the positions elected annually, usually in January, by ballot with all current eligible members invited to vote. The member with the highest number of votes shall be elected. The election shall be carried out according to the organisations process of elections [see Schedule A].

4.4          All nominations for the positions of Regional Representative must be received within the specified time frame, and be nominated and seconded by another current eligible member.

4.5          Should any Regional Representative resign during the annual term, the National Chairman has the authority to appoint a replacement for the duration of the term.

4.6          Regional Representatives shall have the power to appoint members to act as a County Coordinator to help them carry out their responsibilities. Any appointment must be confirmed and authorised by the National Committee.

 

PART V

FUNDS

5.1          All funds held by the organisation, received through various methods, shall at all time belong to the organisation and be controlled by the National Committee.

5.2          The National Chairman shall be responsible for maintaining accurate and honest accounts of all income and expenditure by the organisation.

5.3          The National Committee shall discuss the accounts at each meeting, and it is their collective responsibility to ensure they are fully aware of the financial situation of the organisation.

5.4          A summary of the annual accounts should be made available to all members annually.

 

PART VI

CODE OF ETHICS

6.1          All members are bound by our Code of Ethics which shall form the basis of any termination of membership by the National Committee.

 

PART VII

CHANGES TO THIS CONSTITUTION

7.1          Any changes to this constitution shall firstly be voted on by the National Committee. The changes should then be agreed by ballot of all members of the organisation.