This draft constitution is based on the earlier one drawn up by Richard and James. I started out by writing a very long list of amendments to their July iteration, but I found that it became virtually impossible to follow the sense of what was being proposed because of the length and complexity of the document. So I have decided that it would be easier and clearer for everyone if I presented a completely separate draft constitution for discussion rather than muddy the water by proposing a bewildering list amendments, additions, deletions and re-numberings, even though it is still, of course in large measure derived from Richard and James’s version 3.
The main differences are as follows;
- This draft allows for TU affiliation and gives National Conference the authority to decide on accepting (or not) applications for affiliated membership.
- It opts for a delegate based National Conference (which all members can attend and speak at, but only branch delegates vote).
- It has a National Council drawn from the branches and an Executive Committee instead of a body drawn from regions which combines the two functions.
In addition, it deals with three important omissions; it gives National Conference the authority to establish youth and students sections, it establishes a Conference Arrangements Committee to handle the logistics of National Conference and it introduces a clear procedure for undertaking disciplinary action and dealing with disputes. In addition, I have tried to get rid of as much duplication as possible as well as superfluous clauses whose removal would enhance clarity. I have also had the cheek to try to tighten and edit the English of the thing here and there – particularly of the Aims.