This document is the Constitution of The Five Star Direct Democracy Party, hereinafter “the Party”, and is herein- after and may elsewhere be referred to as “the Party Constitution”.
This Constitution describes the principles governing the conduct of The Five Star Direct Democracy Party’s affairs.
1.1 The Party exists as a Political Party registered with the UK Electoral Commission under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA).The registered name of the Party under the PPERA shall be The Five Star Direct Democracy Party.
1.2 The Party may use additional names as may be registered from time to time with the Electoral Commission, as well as informal variants of and alternatives to its registered name as may be deemed by party officials to be appropriate.
2.1 The Party is a democratic organisation which will assert, promote and defend the principles of freedom of speech and liberty of conscience, and will only adopt policies which are consistent with our core principles, being those which:
2.2 The Party is a non-denominational and non-sectarian party that welcomes as its members people of all faiths and none.
2.3 The Party asserts the equality of all ethnic groups and repudiates all forms of anti-Semitism.
2.4 The Party shall not accept loans or obtain debt to fund its operations.
3.1 The Five Star Direct Democracy Party’s aim is to effectuate genuine democracy in the United Kingdom by the democratic imposition of the sovereign will of the free people of Britain upon Parliament. To this end the Party shall seek to introduce into Parliament a system of Direct Democracy in which the eligible electorate may vote directly on legislation originating within either of the Houses of Parliament, where the majority vote of the electorate directly effects immediate implementation of legislation subject to a minimum participation threshold of 10% of the eligible electorate being attained.
3.2 The Party believes that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (hereinafter “The United Kingdom”) should be governed only by her own citizens, and that all legislation passed by Parliament should be formulated with primary respect to the national interest, security and prosperity of the British people.
3.3 The Party affirms the assertions expressed in our nation’s Constitution that no foreign person, entity or organisation ought to have any jurisdiction, pre-eminence, superiority or authority – whether legal, temporal or religious – within the Realm of the United Kingdom, and that the British people must never be subject to the imposition of a foreign legal or monetary system, or the jurisdiction of foreign courts.
3.4 The Party asserts the Constitutional permanent indivisibility of the Union of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
3.5 The Party believes in fostering a ‘Culture of Life’ and therefore repudiates political ideologies such as Cultural Marxism, National Socialism, Communism, Fabianism, Nihilism and the movements borne out of such ideologies such as the eugenics movement, governmental population control, state sponsored euthanasia and all other similar movements that are detrimental to the dignity of the person. We hold these views because we believe these things to be incongruous to the rights, duties and responsibilities of the individual as set out in common law and the British Constitution.
3.6 The Party believes the government has no right to attempt to change the Natural Law, that this law forms the foundation of our society, and that attempts to change it are a dangerous abuse of power that views personhood as being malleable and subject to opinion, which in itself presents a threat to the integrity and dignity of the person.
3.7 The Party believes in liberty of conscience and will always defend the autonomy of families (however they may be composed). However, the Party holds that the permanent legal definition of marriage is of one that forms the constitution of a private life between one man and one woman. We believe that government has no right to redefine such an institution, as we believe it is in itself a guarantor against state intrusion into family life. In like manner, we uphold the right of persons and families to make personal decisions in accordance with their consciences.
3.8 The Party shall administer its internal affairs in a manner that is consistent with the Party’s values described in paragraph 2.1.
4.1 In pursuit of its objectives, the Party shall undertake to implement the following programmes:
4.2 The Party shall, as opportunity and funding permits, engage in revenue-generating commercial activities that fund both the party-political activities and general campaigning work for public benefit. Commercial activities shall include, but not be limited to, the acquisition of property and the trading of services and goods for profit, both within the United Kingdom, and internationally.
4.3 The Party may organise, participate and campaign in any referendum whose principal object is consistent with The Five Star Direct Democracy Party’s core values as articulated in paragraph 2.1 of this Constitution.These may include referenda that are international, national, regional or local in scope.
4.4 The Party may participate in all democratic electoral processes occurring within the United Kingdom and in other places where it is lawful for the Party to stand candidates for election.
4.5 The Party is committed to working for mutual gain with other organisations both in the United Kingdom and abroad; towards the enhanced democratisation of the political process in whichever countries such organisations operate. Collaborative relationships of this nature shall have objectives to be expressed in terms consistent with The Five Star Direct Democracy Party’s core values. It is not to be inferred that the Party shares the particular ideological, philosophical or political tenets of cooperating organisations.
4.6 The Party may occupy any seat to which it wins election regardless of any policy advocating the abolition of such a seat, election or entity, subject always to the right of the Party Leader or membership to decide otherwise.
4.7 Consistent with its aims, the Party may:
5.1 There are two categories of members:
5.2 Vetting of Provisional Members is required to be conducted within 6 weeks of initial payment of cleared subscription funds. In the event that a Provisional Member’s vetting process is unsuccessful, subscription fees are to be returned within 28 days of the applicant being informed of the negative outcome of the vetting process.
5.3 The vetting procedure is mandatory, and shall be conducted by a Vetting Panel, which is odd in number, consisting of members in good standing appointed by the Party Leader. They shall decide whether Provisional Members pass to become Full Members or whether they are refused membership of the Party by a simple majority vote.
5.4 A member of the Vetting Panel shall vote to refuse to grant Full Member status to a Provisional Member in the following instances:
5.5 The Vetting Panel may, with regard to the instances set out in Article 5.4, offer the opportunity to a Provisional Member to become a Full Member on the condition they supply, in writing, a renouncement of their previous association, actions, comments, statements and / or behaviour, to the Party, and provide permission to the Party to publish this renouncement on the Party’s website and elsewhere on the Internet. The Vetting Panel may deny such an opportunity in extreme cases or where they have reason to believe, based on recent or current behaviour, such a renouncement would, if made, be disingenuous. The decision to afford or deny such an opportunity shall be decided by a simple majority vote of the Vetting Panel.
5.6 A person who has been denied Full Membership following the vetting process shall not under any circumstances be granted Provisional Membership of the Party for at least two years from the date of the notification of the negative outcome of the vetting procedure. After such a time they may join as Provisional Members and undergo the vetting procedure once again.
5.7 If a Party member:
The Party Chairman shall revoke their membership forthwith. Any person whose membership is revoked under this Article may appeal against that decision within 28 days of notification thereof being sent to him. Such an appeal shall then be heard within a reasonable time by a panel composed either of the Party Secretary and two members of the Executive Board or, at the discretion of the Party Secretary, by the Party Secretary and two persons independent of the Party.
6.1 The Party may establish, suspend or disband branches or other means of organisation, as the Executive Board may from time to time deem necessary. Such constituency associations, branches or organisations may only be established with the written authority of the Executive Board, which may delegate such authority to the Party Chairman.
7.1 The Party shall hold both a Business Meeting and a full Party Conference annually at such place and at such date and time as the Executive Board may determine. Only Full Members “in good standing” may vote at the Business Meeting and at the Annual Conference.
7.2 Members are considered to be in “good standing” if at any given moment:
7.3 The Business Meeting will be open only to Full Members “in good standing”. Its business shall be:
7.4 All motions at the Business Meeting may be passed by a simple majority of those voting, including Full Members “in good standing” voting remotely via 5 Star Direct.
7.5 The Annual Conference shall be open to Full Members “in good standing” and guests. Its business shall include the consideration of motions on Party policy and strategy.
7.6 The Executive Board may also summon other special conferences or EGMs for specific purposes, which will be open to all Full Members “in good standing”. The Executive Board may from time to time make rules for the convening of and the procedures for the conduct of such conferences.
7.7 Motions may be passed by a simple majority of those voting, including Full Members “in good standing” voting remotely via 5 Star Direct.
7.8 The Party Secretary shall call an Extraordinary General Meeting if requested to do so by a minimum of 10%, or 5,000, whichever is the greater, of the Party’s Full Members “in good standing” via 5 Star Direct.
7.8.1 Each such request shall set out the business to be dealt with at the EGM as well as the general geographical location at which the EGM is to be held. The agenda of any such EGM shall be restricted to that business only, and to matters arising therefrom.
7.8.2 Each such request shall further be accompanied by individual electronic payments from signatories, to the Party Head Office funds for such a sum as shall be determined by the Executive Board as being necessary to cover the cost of the meeting. This sum shall not exceed £10 per signatory.
7.9 Upon receipt of a valid request under Article 7.8 hereof, the Party Secretary shall call an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Party to be held within 14 days of such receipt, giving members a minimum of 7 days’ notice.
7.10 Attendance at an EGM may either be in person or remotely, with remote voting being via 5 Star Direct. In the event of remote participation, the cost of attendance to the participating member shall be waived.
8.1 Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 all registered parties must appoint a Party Leader.
8.2 The Party Leader shall give political direction to the Party and shall be responsible for the development of the Party’s policies with the agreement of the Party’s membership, via the use of the Party’s internal Direct Democracy programme “5 Star Direct”, to be integrated into The Five Star Direct Democracy Party’s manifesto.
8.3 The Party Leader may, at his discretion, form such advisory groups as he deems appropriate to advise him on any matter pertinent to the exercise of his functions, and will inform the Executive Board of the membership of such groups.
8.4 The Party Leader:
8.5 The Leader’s term of office shall run for four years. This term may be extended for such time as may be deemed necessary upon the Executive Board passing a motion by a two-thirds majority to enable the Leader to stay in post in order to fight an imminent General Election or European Election, but in such event the period of extension shall be for not more than one year. The Party Leader may be elected for unlimited successive terms. The leadership election procedure shall be initiated prior to the expiration of the term of office.
8.6 A Party Leader shall communicate his decision to resign in writing to the Party Chairman, who must then summon an emergency meeting of the Executive Board within 14 days to initiate the leadership election procedure.
8.7 A motion of no confidence in the Party Leader may be proposed by the Party membership. In order for it to pass, member participation must exceed 10% or 5,000 members, whichever being the greater, of the membership, and no fewer than 50% of those participating shall vote in favour of the motion.
8.7.1 If a motion of no confidence in the Party Leader passes the Party Chairman must then summon an emergency meeting of the Executive Board within 14 days to initiate the leadership election procedure.
8.8 Should the Party Leader become deceased, suffer serious injury or other incapacity that prevents him from continuing his duties the Party Chairman must then summon an emergency meeting of the Executive Board within 14 days to initiate the leadership election procedure.
8.9 A leadership election shall be called:
As specified in the appropriately titled section above and the Party Secretary shall initiate the procedure for and announce a leadership election to be held within 6 weeks.
8.9.1 Election for the post of Party Leader shall be by way of the 5 Star Direct programme, with eligible participation being that of all Full Members of the Party “in good standing” on the date when the election is called.
8.9.2 If there is only one valid nomination for the post of Party Leader the candidate so nominated shall be declared elected as Party Leader without the need for a ballot. Any contested election for the leadership shall be decided by a simple majority of the votes cast, where there are fewer than four candidates contesting the election. In the case of four or more candidates contesting the election, there shall be two rounds of voting in which the three candidates with the highest number of votes in the first round qualify for the second round. Where there are fewer than five candidates contesting a two- round election, only two candidates shall qualify for the second round.
8.9.3 The Executive Board may from time to time, as it deems appropriate make rules for the calling and conduct of elections for the post of Party Leader, with proposed changes to existing methods requiring majority vote of the Party membership.
8.10 The Party Leader may from time to time appoint a Full Member of the Party “in good standing” to be Deputy Leader. The Deputy Leader shall carry out such duties as the Party Leader shall assign. In the event of the incapacity or unavailability of the Party Leader, the Deputy Leader shall not assume the Constitutional powers and duties of the Party Leader unless authorised so to do by a majority vote of the Executive Board.
8.11 Where a vacancy in the Party Leadership occurs unexpectedly, the Executive Board shall within 14 days appoint an Interim Leader to lead the Party until a Leadership election takes place. Such Interim Leader shall have all the powers of the Party Leader under this Constitution as if he had been elected to that post, other than to the removal of officers or members of the Executive Board.
9.1 The Chairman will be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Party Leader for a term of one year and be entitled only to a casting vote as a member of the Executive Board.
9.2 The Party Chairman shall chair meetings of the Executive Board, the Annual Business Meeting, Annual Conference and such Extraordinary General Meetings as may be called. The Party Chairman shall be responsible for maintaining accurate databases of membership and for safeguarding such databases within the terms of data protection legislation.
9.3 The Party Chairman shall have overall responsibility for administration and direction of the Party organisation. He shall be responsible for ensuring that all efforts are made to have an active and properly constituted organisation of the Party in every constituency, financially able to support a parliamentary election campaign.
9.4 The Party Chairman may make such administrative appointments as he sees fit and may recommend to the Executive Board the creation of paid administrative posts. The Party Chairman shall, from time to time, report to the Executive Board on Party, branch and constituency activity or ensure that an appointed Party officer, as appropriate, on such activity, makes a report.
9.5 The Party Chairman will have the responsibility for all matters relating to organisation of the Party Conference, including the selection of motions for debate.
9.6 The Party Chairman may, with the agreement of the Party Leader, appoint a Vice Chairman from amongst the voting members of the Executive Board who may, in the absence of the Chairman, chair the Executive Board. The Vice Chairman may act generally in the place of the Chairman if the Chairman is absent for any period more than two weeks or is incapacitated through illness or is otherwise unable to undertake the duties of Chairman. The Chairman may from time to time delegate to the Vice Chairman such duties as he sees fit. A Vice Chairman acting in the place of the Party Chairman shall have only the same voting powers as the Chairman.
10.1 There shall be established a committee known as “the Executive Board” which shall function as the principal management and administrative authority of the Party.
10.2 The Executive Board, working in concert with the Party Leader, shall perform the function of determining and fulfilling the will of the party membership by whatever means they deem to constitute the most efficient and practicable, but with respect to the values, principles and constraints expressed in the Party Constitution. Where the Executive Board is judged by the membership to have failed to represent the concerns and requirements of the membership, the terms of this Party Constitution are to be understood to imply sole responsibility for this failure as resting with the Party Leader, whom the membership may act to remove swiftly and at negligible cost, via the 5 Star Direct programme, and with reference to the conditions laid out in paragraph 8.7.
10.2.1 The operational performance of the Executive Board being attributable solely to the Party Leader, all members of the board are to be appointed by the Party Leader, with terms of office being one year for all appointments.
10.2.2 On expiry of the term of appointment of a member of the Executive Board, the Party Leader may elect to reappoint the board member for a further consecutive term of one year. There shall be no limit to the number of times a member may be appointed to the Executive Board consecutively.
10.2.3 Where the Party Leader deems that the services of a member of the Executive Board are no longer required, he may terminate that member’s membership of the Board with immediate effect, but is required to advise the member privately ahead of knowledge of the termination of the appointment becoming public. In the event that a member cannot be reached, the Leader is required to evidence having made reasonable efforts to contact the member ahead of facilitating knowledge of the termination becoming public.
10.2.4 Where a member of the Executive Board decides that they are unable to continue to serve on the board, the member may resign with immediate effect, but agrees to undertake to make reasonable efforts to inform the Leader ahead of knowledge of the member’s resignation becoming public.
10.2.5 No member of the Executive Board shall be considered to be an employee of the Party, or to enjoy the employment rights and benefits accruing to an employee of a company. All Executive Board members are to assume their roles in the capacity of volunteers and for such time as they are requested by the Party Leader to continue in their roles.
10.2.6 No member of the Executive Board shall be inhibited or in any way restricted by the Party or any of its officers, or Leader, from engaging in employment outside the Party.
10.2.7 Where a member of the Executive Board receives remuneration, the member is required to invoice the Party as a contractor, and the member is to accept that performance of any paid work is not to be construed as implying that that person is employed by the Party.
10.3 The duties, powers and responsibilities of the Executive Board shall include (but are not limited to):
10.4 The Executive Board shall normally be composed of the following voting members:
10.4.1 A newly elected Party Leader may choose to retain or replace each individual Executive Board member as he wishes.
10.4.2 The Party Leader may from time to time appoint further non-voting ex-officio members, as he deems necessary for the efficient running of the Executive Board.
10.4.3 The Party Leader shall appoint a Party Treasurer and a Nominating Officer, each of whom shall be a voting member of the Executive Board. Additionally, the Party Leader may appoint a Party Secretary and General Secretary, if deemed to be necessary. The Leader may appoint these roles to members of the board who simultaneously occupy additional roles on the Executive Board.
10.5 The post of Party Treasurer is required under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and the name of the Party Treasurer must be registered with the UK Electoral Commission. The Party Treasurer shall establish and chair a Finance Committee to be responsible for managing the Party’s general (non-campaign specific) finances and reporting these to the Executive Board. The Party Treasurer will prepare annual accounts and present them at the annual Business Meeting. The Party Treasurer will be responsible for complying with all statutes and requirements of the Electoral Commission applicable to financial reporting and probity.
10.5.1 The Party Treasurer’s term of office shall be one year, which may be renewed. The Party Leader may remove him before the end of his term.
10.5.2 The Party Treasurer may, subject to the approval of the Party Leader, appoint Deputy Treasurers to assist with the tasks described above.
10.6 The Party Leader may appoint a Party Secretary. Where appointed, the Party Secretary shall be responsible, inter alia, for ensuring that the administrative and other arrangements of the Party comply with all legal requirements placed upon it by statute, other than those relating to finance. The Party Secretary shall establish and chair a Discipline Committee subject to and in accordance with Rules made by the Executive Board concerning disciplinary procedures.
10.6.1 The Party Secretary’s term of office shall be one year, which may be renewed. The Party Leader may remove him before the end of his term.
10.7 The Party Leader may appoint a General Secretary. Where appointed, the General Secretary shall:
10.8 A Nominating Officer is required by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, to be appointed, and shall control the registered Party descriptions and emblems and be responsible for the appointment of Deputy Nominating Officers as appropriate.
10.9 The Executive Board may from time to time create such further posts as it deems necessary for the more efficient exercise of its duties under this Constitution, and appoint persons thereto.
10.10 The resignation of a member of the Executive Board shall be in writing and either sent electronically or given by hand to the Party Chairman; or be given orally to the Party Leader. If given orally, the Party Chairman shall write to the resigning member inviting him to confirm or to withdraw his resignation.
10.10.1 The resigning member shall reply to such invitation within 24 hours of receipt of the electronic or physical communication. In the absence of a reply from the resigning member within that time he shall forthwith be deemed to have resigned from the Executive Board.
10.10.2 Should a vacancy occur, for whatever reason, the Party Leader may appoint a replacement of his choosing.
10.11 The Executive Board shall meet at least six times a year either in person or via conference call facilities. Meetings shall be chaired by the Party Chairman or, in the Chairman’s absence, by the Vice-Chairman (if one is appointed) or by a person that he delegates, which appointment shall be duly minuted.
10.12 Seven voting members of the Executive Board including the Party Chairman or, in the Chairman’s absence, the person appointed under Article 10.11, or such Executive Board member appointed for that meeting as Chairman, shall constitute a quorum.
10.13 Any five or more voting members of the Executive Board may requisition an Emergency Meeting of the Executive Board by notifying the Party Leader and Party Secretary (if one has been appointed) in writing. The document calling for such a meeting shall set out the business to be discussed and any motions to be put at that meeting. The agenda for the emergency meeting shall comprise this business and matters arising and no other.
10.14 The Executive Board may from time to time invite any person it deems appropriate to attend any Executive Board meeting in whole or in part.
11.1 The offices of Party Leader, Party Treasurer, Party Secretary, Party Chairman, Vice Chairman and General Secretary shall each be held by a different individual.
12.1 The standing committees set up by the Executive Board shall include a Finance Committee, a Discipline Committee and a Policy Committee. The Executive Board may from time to time establish other committees, as it deems necessary for the administration of the Party. The composition of all (sub)committees and the limits of their delegated powers are defined by this Constitution and the Executive Board.
12.2 The Finance Committee shall be chaired by the Party Treasurer. Its responsibility shall be to oversee the management of the Party’s finances and to appoint external auditors.
12.3 The Discipline Committee shall be chaired by the Party Secretary and shall comprise in addition either two or four voting members of the Executive Board. Any appeal panel formed for hearing appeals from disciplinary hearings or membership exclusions shall be composed of an independent Chairman and either two or four other persons independent of the Executive Board.
12.4 The Discipline Committee shall have responsibility for conducting and arranging for all matters relating to discipline under this Constitution. The Executive Board may make rules as to the manner of selection of the panel members of the Disciplinary Committee and of appeal panels.
12.5 The Policy Committee shall be chaired by the Party Leader and consist of the Party Chairman and at least three other Executive Board members. This committee shall be responsible for actively engaging the Party’s membership in the policy making process through 5 Star Direct.
13.1 The Discipline Committee of the Executive Board shall have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to Party Discipline. The Executive Board may from time to time as it deems appropriate make Rules for the composition of discipline panels and management of matters of discipline and appeals, for the conduct of hearings and appeals under Section 13 and for the procedure and evidence to be used by the Committee.
13.2 All Disciplinary hearings and appeals shall be conducted with proper regard for the rules of natural justice to ensure that any member subject to such proceedings receives a fair hearing at each stage of the disciplinary or appeals procedure.
13.3 Any Full Member “in good standing” may refer the conduct of any other member to the General Secretary who shall act in accordance with the rules made under this Article and the rules of natural justice.
13.4 Thereafter the Party Secretary shall likewise act in accordance with the rules made under Article 13 and the rules of natural justice.
13.5 Upon the conclusion of any Disciplinary Hearing the Discipline Committee may:
The Discipline Committee shall at all times exercise its powers with proper regard for the principle of proportionality. The Party Secretary shall provide a report of all disciplinary hearings and appeals to the Executive Board upon their conclusion.
13.6 Any member disciplined under Article 13.5 shall have the right of appeal against such order as is made thereunder. Such appeal shall be dealt with in accordance with the Rules of the Party concerning Discipline.
13.7 The Executive Board may cause any disciplinary panel to be chaired by an Independent Chairman and may appoint such a Chairman who need not be a member of the Party. No person who sat on a disciplinary hearing at first instance may be a member of the appeal panel for the matter at hand.
13.8 In addition to the Rules mentioned in Article 13.1 the Executive Board may from time to time as it deems appropriate make rules as to the qualifications required for appointment as an Independent Chairman.
13.9 In cases of exceptional gravity and urgency the Party Chairman may, of his own motion, exercise any of the powers set out in Article 13.5 except that under 13.5 (f) above in respect of any member, with due regard to proportionality. The Party Chairman shall, within twenty-four hours of so acting, notify the Party Secretary of his action.
13.10 Upon being so notified the Party Secretary shall convene as soon as possible an Emergency Disciplinary Panel composed of himself (or an Independent Chairman appointed in accordance with the rules made under Article 13.7 and 13.8) and not more than two voting members of the Executive Board.
13.11 The Emergency Panel may:
13.12 It shall be no defence to any allegation laid under this Article that the Party member was ignorant of the Constitution or any Rule made thereunder.
14.1.1 The Party shall establish lists of approved candidates for elections to public office. The Executive Board may from time to time make such rules as it deems fit for the establishment of such approved lists. Persons holding elective office shall have no automatic right to re-selection or to a place on such approved candidates lists.
14.1.2 Any person who seeks to be placed on such approved candidate lists shall make an application in accordance with the procedures defined in the Party Rule Book and, without exception, shall in such application make a full disclosure of any material fact, political or personal (whether or not the material fact arose before or after this constitution came into force), that has or may have a bearing on their suitability for selection as a candidate and shall provide full details in writing of the same to the Party Chairman. The Executive Board shall issue guidance on disclosure.
14.1.3 Once selected, candidates remain, without reservation or qualification, under a continuing duty fully to disclose to the Party Chairman any material fact, political or personal (whether or not the material fact arose before or after this constitution came into force) that has or may have a bearing on their suitability to stand as a candidate and shall provide full written details of the same to the Party Chairman.
14.1.4 Any failure to disclose such a material fact shall be a matter in respect of which disciplinary proceedings under Article 13 thereof may be initiated against the candidate. The Party Leader, Party Chairman, or person delegated to act on their behalf, may then act under Article 13 and the rules made thereunder.
14.2.1 The Party Chairman may suspend any candidate from the approved list or remove any candidate from a list of candidates to be nominated or having been nominated, if, in his opinion the inclusion and possible election of that candidate will or may damage the reputation or interests of the Party.
14.2.2 The fact of such suspension shall be notified forthwith to:
14.2.3 Thereafter the Executive Board may proceed to determine whether or not the candidate shall be removed from or restored to the list of approved candidates or remain nominated by the Party.
14.2.4 Once a candidate is finally removed from the list of approved candidates or his nomination is withdrawn according to law, he automatically loses all rights to be a candidate.
14.3 A candidate who is removed from the approved candidates list or whose nomination is withdrawn shall have the right to an appeal according to rules made by the Executive Board pertaining to candidates.
14.4 Candidates will be selected in accordance with the procedures defined in the Party Rule Book.
14.5 All candidates standing on behalf of the Party in any national election to public office must be Full Members of the Party “in good standing” and on the Party’s list of approved candidates.
14.6 In the case of a by-election (other than local government by-elections and other by-elections to local public office) the selection of a candidate will be made by the Executive Board in consultation with the constituency members and in accordance with any restrictions defined in the Party Rule Book.
14.7 The selection of candidates for local government by-elections and other by-elections to local public office shall be the responsibility of constituency associations or branches or, in the absence of a constituency association, the Party Chairman or his regional Nominating Officer. The Party Chairman may at any time refer the selection to the Executive Board.
14.8 The Executive Board may from time to time as it deems necessary and appropriate make Codes of Conduct and Rules for those holding elective office in the Party’s name;
14.9 It shall be the duty of any member of the Party who is elected to any elective office;
14.10 The Executive Board shall refer any breach of any Code of Conduct or Rules made under Article 14.8 to the Disciplinary Committee according to the provisions of Article 13 whereupon those provisions shall be followed as if the matter were an ordinary matter pertaining to discipline.
14.11 Notwithstanding any legal waivers, immunities, or dispensations granted by virtue of a Party member’s election to public office, the Executive Board shall have the right to regard all undertakings signed by Party members prior to their election or subsequent to it as morally binding under the Rules of the Party and shall have the right to deselect, refuse to reselect, or to expel from the Party any Party member who is in breach of any such undertaking, under this Article.
15.1 Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed and made at any time in accordance with this Article.
15.2 Amendments to the Constitution may only be proposed that are consistent with the foundational values of the Party as expressed in the Core Values described in Article 2.1, namely those which:
15.3 Such a ballot shall be held:
15.4 The Executive Board shall have the right to put separate and distinct elements or clauses amending the Constitution to separate votes for the approval of the membership. Proposed amendments to the Constitution shall only be carried where a two-thirds majority of members voting vote in favour of the amendment, and where a minimum of 10% of the membership, or 5,000 members, whichever is the greater, participate in the vote via 5 Star Direct.
15.5 Such amendments shall come into force seven days after the result of such an affirmative vote is declared.
16.1 The Party Rulebook shall be published on the Party’s website.
16.2 Any Rules made under this Constitution shall be read in conjunction with it and where the Rules are repugnant to the Constitution, the latter shall prevail.
17.1 This Constitution was adopted this 2nd day of February 2018 by the following founding members of the Party: John Rees-Evans, Trevor Coult, Gavin Felton, James Dalton, Tony Knight, Jamie Ross McKenzie, Andrew Price, Paula Allen.