Constitution & Rules

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NAME

(1) The name shall be THE CORNISH NATIONALIST PARTY
(hereinafter referred to as “The CNP” or The Party).
(Founded on 28th May 1975)


AIMS


(2) The Aims of The CNP are:

(l) To look after the interests of the Cornish people and those living in Cornwall.

(ll) To work to preserve and enhance our Cornish & Celtic identity.

(lll) To work to raise awareness of Cornwall as a Celtic Nation.

(lV) To work to protect the territorial area of Cornwall.

(V) To campaign for a Cornish Parliament.



POLICY AND DIRECTION

(3) The Policy and Direction of The CNP shall be that laid down from time to time in accordance with the Constitution and Rules.


ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP

(4) Persons eligible for Membership of The CNP shall be those who:

(a) Endorse the Aims of The CNP;

(b) Agree to abide by the Policy and Direction of The CNP;

(c) Accept the Constitution and Rules of The CNP.



MEMBERSHIP

(5) Membership of The CNP shall consist of persons who, having applied, are accepted by the Membership Secretary on behalf of the Executive Committee and entered onto the Membership Roll.

(6) Should a person who has been enrolled as a Member or elected as an office-bearer be found to have been ineligible at the time of application to join or re-join The CNP, the Membership shall be invalid.

(7) Membership shall cease when a Member is officially notified in writing (specifying the reasons for the action) by the Membership Secretary on behalf of the Executive Committee of his / her suspension or expulsion from The CNP, intimates his / her resignation, fails to pay his / her subscription or other dues promptly, or ceases to be eligible for Membership.


ORGANISATION

(8) Branches:

(a) Branches may exist world-wide

(b) Each Branch shall elect a Branch Organiser and may elect such office-bearers as it considers necessary.

(c) Branch Organisers shall be elected at the General Meeting of The Branch.

(d) Branch Organisers shall not be changed except through resignations, or by default, or by direction of the Executive Committee. In these circumstances Branch Organisers may be appointed pro-tempore until the next General Meeting of the Branch

(e) The responsibilities of the Branch Organisers and the elected office-bearers/ Members of the Branch shall include ensuring that:

(e1) Adequate notice of all meetings is given, meetings are properly conducted, full records are kept (including Minutes of meetings, register of names and receipts into and payments made from the funds of the Branch), and all correspondence is dealt with promptly.

(e2) Proper and adequate steps are taken to promote the cause of The CNP and the interests of The CNP, within the area covered by the Branch, including the holding of meetings, canvassing, literature distribution, and periodical reports of all activities are made to the Executive Committee of The CNP.

(e3) In particular every endeavour is made to carry out the Policy and Direction of The CNP as may be laid down from time to time by Conferences and Executive Committee, and that nothing is done to modify or prejudice the Aims, Policy or General Activities of The CNP.

(9) It shall be within the power of the Executive Committee to suspend or expel, any Branch of The CNP in consequence of any contravention of the Constitution and Rules. This power may be exercised in the name of the Executive Committee by the President or the Chairman. The Executive Committee will report all such suspensions and expulsions to all members.

(10) The General Meeting of The CNP shall be the supreme governing body of The Party. This meeting will be held on the 27th June every four years.

(11) Each Branch may hold their own Branch General Meeting during the period 28th May to 27th June every four years. Office-bearers shall not be changed except through resignations, or by default, or by direction of the Executive Committee. In these circumstances Office-bearers may be appointed pro-tempore until the next General Meeting of the Branch.


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

(12) The Executive Committee shall be constituted in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and Rules. It shall be concerned with Administration, Finance, Organisation, Publicity, Training, Membership and other matters relevant thereto, but the General Meeting may delegate to it such powers and duties as the General Meeting considers necessary.


FINANCE

(13) All monies payable to The CNP shall be deemed payable to the Treasurer.

(14) The Executive Committee shall have full control over all monies belonging to
The CNP.

(15) The Executive Committee shall decide what fees are payable.


(16) The CNP shall not be liable for any debts contracted by any Branch or other bodies associated with The CNP.


AMENDMENT OF RULES AND CONSTITUTION

(17) Amendments to the Constitution and Rules may be proposed to a General Meeting by any Member over the age of 16 years attending the General Meeting and who has given 28 days written notice of such proposed amendment to the Executive Committee.


(18) All amendments proposed shall be notified to all Branches and Members in the General Newsletter.


(19) Amendments shall not be carried unless supported by the majority of the votes cast at a General Meeting.


(20) The date, time and place of the General Meeting shall be fixed by the Executive Committee.


(21) An Agenda shall be issued to all Members in the General Newsletter.


(22) Each Member over the age of 16 years shall be entitled to vote at the General Meeting.


(23) A Special General Meeting may be held at the discretion of the Executive Committee.


THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


(24) The Executive Committee shall consist of the:


(1) President.


(2) Chairman.


(3) Secretary.


(4) Membership Secretary.


(5) Treasurer.


(6) Two other Members elected at the General Meeting or co-opted at the discretion of the Executive Committee.


(25) The Executive Committee Members shall be elected every four years at the General Meeting by Members attending the General Meeting who are entitled to vote in accordance with these Rules. At the General Meeting the President will have the casting vote should it be required.