CHINESE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS (CLDs) Constitution
(based on Model Constitution recommended by LibDems HQ adopted by CLDs at an Extraordinary General Meeting held on 27 June 2022)

The current Patrons of the CLDs are Lord Campbell of Pittenweem and Sir Edward Davey MP.

1. Name, Objects and Definitions

I. The name of the Organisation shall be Chinese Liberal Democrats (CLDs).
II. The Objects of CLDs shall be:
A to seek to achieve the objects set forth in the Preamble to the Federal Constitution of the Liberal Democrats;
B. to support, directly or indirectly, the election of Liberal Democrats as Members of Parliament and members of local and other elected public authorities;
C. to admit and actively recruit new members to the Liberal Democrats, and encourage existing members to renew their membership;
D. to participate in the formulation of the policy of the Liberal Democrats;
E. 1. to promote diversity of cultures and to represent the interests of under-represented groups;
2. a) to identify the needs and aspirations of the Chinese, E and SE Asian population living in the United Kingdom;
b) to help the Party formulate policies and strategies which address those needs and aspirations;
c) to campaign and organise literature on behalf of the Party that more effectively reaches the Chinese, E and SE Asian population in the United Kingdom;
d) to encourage more members from the Chinese, E and SE Asian communities to become politically engaged;
e) to train, mentor and support Chinese, E and SE Asian members of the Party to stand for public office and take up leadership roles within the Party structure;
f) to campaign and work with the Chinese, E and SE Asian communities and any other relevant third parties to achieve the objectives set out in the Preamble to the Party Constitution;

"Federal Party" shall refer to the Federal Party of the Liberal Democrats.

2. Membership

I.
Membership of CLDs shall be regulated by Membership rules and code of conduct as passed by the CLDs executive committee and in agreement with the Liberal Democrat Federal People and Development Committee (or its successor(s)). Any such rules and code of conduct shall accord with the provisions that:

A. Membership of CLDs shall open to all persons who agree with its fundamental values and objectives without discrimination as to age, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation;
B. Members of CLDs must treat others with respect and must not bully, harass, or intimidate anyone; and

C. Members of CLDs must abide by the Members Codes of Conduct of the Liberal Democrats.

II. Only members of the Liberal Democrats, or one of its sister parties, who are members of CLDs may:

A. hold the role of officer, including Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Officer;

B. sit on Federal Liberal Democrat Committees;

C. access Liberal Democrat Party data;

D. receive financial or sensitive political information, relating to the Liberal Democrats; or

E. Participate in elections or votes within CLDs.

III. Any member of the CLDs must agree to be subject to the Complaints Process of the Liberal Democrats in the event that a complaint is made to which they are a party. If someone refuses to accept the jurisdiction of the Complaints Process, or fails to respond to its requirements, this shall automatically revoke their membership of CLDs.

IV. Members of CLDs who are not members of the Liberal Democrats shall otherwise hold the rights of Registered Supporters of the Liberal Democrats. This provision shall not apply to anyone whose membership of the Liberal Democrats is refused, revoked, or suspended, but shall apply should such sanctions be lifted.

V. Membership shall be acquired through application to the CLDs Executive Committee (by methods decided upon by the committee), subject to the Membership rules of the Liberal Democrats and code of conduct.

VI. If a member of CLDs Is a member of the Liberal Democrats and their membership status is altered by any decision of the Party's Complaints or Appeals procedures, that same change shall take effect to their membership of CLDs. No person may be simultaneously suspended or expelled from the Liberal Democrats and be a full member of CLDs.

3. Officers and Executive Committee

I. The Officers of the Affiliated Organisation shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Membership Development Officer, and Treasurer.

II. The Secretary shall not later than 2nd January and within seven days after any subsequent change notify the names and email addresses of all Officers to the Chief Executive of the Federal Party.

III. There may be an Honorary President to be elected by the Annual General Meeting ("AGM").

IV. The general and financial business of CLDs shall be controlled and carried on by the Executive Committee, subject to the decisions of General Meetings and in compliance with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. The Executive Committee shall consist of:

A The Chair - to chair all General and Executive Committee Meetings (in the event of a tied vote the Chair shall have an additional casting vote); to be jointly responsible with the Treasurer for compliance with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and any other legal or regulatory requirements;

B The Vice-Chair - to chair General and Executive Committee Meetings if the Chair is unable to do so;

C The Secretary - to handle the Affiliated Organisation's correspondence; to maintain minutes of meetings;

D The Treasurer - to handle the Affiliated Organisation's financial business and present financial reports to Annual General Meetings; to be jointly responsible with the Chair for the Affiliated Organisation's compliance with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and any other legal or regulatory requirements

E The Membership Development Officer - to:

  1. receive all notices of application for membership and refer them to the Executive Committee for acceptance;
  2. maintain a membership register;
  3. hold and maintain all CLDs data; and
  4. ensure compliance with data protection legislation.


V. The Executive Committee shall meet not less than once a quarter. The Executive Committee shall, at its first meeting, adopt Standing Orders.

VI. The Executive Committee may, by rules it determines via its Standing Orders, establish sub-committees as it deems necessary to support its work but may not delegate its decision-making authority or responsibilities.

VII. The Executive Committee may co-opt up to (7) additional 'Ordinary' members, for a term expiring not later than the next following AGM. Co-opted members may speak but not vote.

VIII. Members of CLDs shall be entitled to attend, but not necessarily to speak, at meetings of the Executive Committee, as agreed by the Executive Committee. The Chair shall decide if speaking rights are given to any such members attending.

IX. The Executive Committee may fill any vacancy occurring among the Officers or the Ordinary Members. Any vacancy in the Chair shall be filled from amongst the existing Executive Committee members. The Secretary shall within seven days notify any change of Officers to the Chief Executive of the Federal Party.

X. The Officers shall convene a meeting of the Executive Committee within one month after taking office. The Executive Committee shall meet at least quarterly and not less than four times in a year. Any of these meetings may take place at the same time as the AGM. The Secretary shall give at least 7 days notice of meetings to all members of the Executive Committee. One-third of its members shall form a quorum.

XI. In urgent circumstances the Officers may act on behalf of the Executive Committee. They shall report on such actions to the next meeting of the Executive Committee

XII. Minutes shall be kept of any meetings of the Executive Committee. In the absence of an Executive Committee member charged with the duty, the Meeting shall appoint a member to take minutes.


4. Elections of Officers and Executive Committee

I. The Executive Committee shall consist of Officers only. Officers shall be elected using Single Transferable Vote by and from the members of This election shall typically take place at the time of the AGM.

II. The term of office of Officers, Ordinary Members and Conference Representatives shall be from the 1st January following their election until the 1st of January after that. They shall be eligible for re-election, save that the Chair shall not serve for more than (4, ideally such that no chair serves more than 4 years in succession) consecutive terms, and shall not be eligible for re-election as Chair for two terms after leaving Office.

III. Nominations for election shall be invited in the notice summoning the AGM, and shall close at the AGM, but not before the reception of the Executive Committee's report. They must be proposed and seconded and shall be in writing, or digitally, signed by the proposer, seconder and candidate and accepted by the Returning Officer.

IV. Where elections are contested, the Chair shall ensure that an independent Returning Officer is appointed. That Returning Officer must have Returning Officer, Senior Returning Officer, or Assistant Returning Officer status within the Liberal Democrats, and shall conduct the election using whatever process, subject to any necessary alterations, is currently used by the Liberal Democrats for committee elections. All contested elections under this constitution shall be by secret ballot by the Single Transferable Vote method in accordance with election rules made under the Party Constitution.

V. No person may be elected to hold more than one Office. Elections for Officers shall be counted in the order listed in Section 5.1 and for Ordinary Members after Officers. Any votes cast for candidates already elected to Office shall be transferred according to the voters' subsequent preferences.

VI. Accidental failure to despatch notice of the AGM or a ballot paper in due time or at all to a person entitled to vote shall not invalidate an election or be treated as an irregularity, unless a substantial number of persons entitled to vote have not received notices or ballot papers at all or have received them too late to make it practicable to attend the meeting or return the ballot paper in due time by first-class post.

VII. An unsuccessful candidate who alleges that there has been or may have been an irregularity in the election may within one calendar month after the declaration of the result ask for an investigation by the Federal Liberal Democrats in accordance with the Investigation procedure . Subject to any order made after such an investigation, no irregularity shall invalidate an election.

VIII. The Returning Officer may extend the time for distribution and return of ballot papers where there are special circumstances making it necessary to do so.

IX. If no member of the CLDs fulfils the following criteria,

A is a member of CLDs;

B is willing to act as Treasurer;

C is duly elected; and

D is considered capable of the role of Treasurer, as determined by the Compliance team of the Federal Liberal Democrats ("Compliance").

the Chair shall urgently report to Compliance and, in consultation with Compliance, arrange for the Executive Committee to co-opt a Treasurer who fulfils at least criteria B-D.

X. If CLDs fails by 15th January to notify the Chief Executive of the Federal Party of the appointment of a Chair and a Treasurer, its Affiliated Organisation status shall be automatically suspended. This suspension shall be automatically lifted once the CEO confirms that the roles have been duly filled.

XII. In exercising the right of the CLDs to make nominations for candidates Federal Liberal Democrat internal elections, the decision to nominate a candidate shall be made by the Executive Committee by simple majority vote.

5. Annual General Meeting

I. The Annual General Meeting shall be on a day appointed by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may postpone the AGM if it would conflict with a Parliamentary Election in the Constituency, or for other urgent reasons.

II. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall consist of all members of CLDs.

III. The business of the AGM shall include:

A a business session to which the Executive Committee shall report;

B The consideration of, and if thought fit, approval of the annual accounts for the previous financial year and a report from the Treasurer including an outline budget for the following year;

C to appoint for the current Financial Year auditors if required by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000;

D to transact any other business specified by the Constitution, or directed by the Executive Committee;

E to consider any motion which has been duly submitted per the AGM Standing Orders; and

F to receive nominations for the election of Officers.

IV. The AGM of CLDs at which this Constitution is adopted, shall, by a two-thirds majority vote, adopt a set of Standing Orders. Those Standing Orders shall be amendable by a two-thirds majority vote of subsequent AGMs only.

V. The Secretary shall give all members at least 21 days written notice of the time and place of the AGM. Such notice shall specify all business to be conducted at the meeting.

VI.The AGM may by a two-thirds majority agree to consider urgent or important business which has arisen since notice of the AGM was given.

VII.A special General Meeting may be convened by the Executive Committee and shall be convened by the Secretary so as to be held within 28 days of the decision being made. At least 14 days written notice shall be given to all members of the special General Meeting. The meeting shall only consider business stated in the notice convening it. In an emergency, the Officers may convene a meeting giving such notice as they consider sufficient in the circumstances. The quorum rules during a special General Meeting shall be the same as for an Annual General Meeting.

VIII. 20 members shall form a quorum at any AGM or one fifth of the membership, whichever shall be lower. A quorum is not required to receive reports and accounts. A meeting may continue without a quorum if no member present objects.

IX. Notice and minutes of all Annual and Special General Meetings shall be sent to the Chief Executive of the Federal Liberal Democrats. Minutes shall be maintained of all proceedings of all AGMs. Notice shall be provided at least seven days before the AGM and minutes provided at most 28 days after the meeting.

6. Finances and regulatory reporting

I. The CLDs accounting period shall be annual, ending on 31st December each year.

II. The Treasurer shall keep, maintain for six years, and pass to their successor accounting records which shall be available for inspection in accordance with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

III. The Treasurer shall ensure that no donation of over £200 is accepted except from a permissible donor and shall keep records and submit donations reports to the Executive Committee and to Chief Executive of the Federal Party.

IV. The Treasurer shall annually produce accounts which shall be approved by the Executive Committee and if required by the Political Parties, Elections & Referendums Act 2000 shall be audited and submitted to the Electoral Commission. A copy of the annual accounts shall be sent to the Chief Executive of the Federal Party.

V. CLDs will abide by the provisions of the Liberal Democrats Financial Escalation Policy, as if it were a local Party reporting directly to the Liberal Democrat Federal Board.

VI. CLDs may maintain one or more bank or other appropriate accounts, for which the mandate for withdrawal shall require the approval of at least two Officers who shall not come solely from members of any one family. CLDs may maintain further accounts for the deposit of money not required for the time being, requiring the same signatures.

VII. CLDs will at all times comply with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, the Electoral Commission, the Information Commissioners Office and any other relevant legislation or regulator. As an accounting unit of the Liberal Democrats, CLDs will comply with requests made of it by relevant Federal Liberal Democrat Staff and the Party Registered Treasurer.

7. Constitution and interpretation

I. This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote at any duly called General Meeting. Any such amendment shall be reported to the Liberal Democrat Federal People and Development Committee or its successor(s).

II. Details of any proposed amendment shall be sent to all members with the notice of the General Meeting.

III. If the model constitution for Affiliated Organisations is amended, any provision of this constitution shall be deemed to be correspondingly amended, unless the CLDs resolves at a quorate General Meeting held within six months of receiving notice of the amendment not to accept it.

IV. Matching copies of this Constitution, updated following any amendments, must be kept by the CLDs and provided as soon as it is available to the Federal Party Chief Executive.

V. In the event of any question of interpretation arising, or any question on which this Constitution is silent, the Executive Committee shall have power to act according to its interpretation of the Constitution, or at its discretion, subject to Article 14 of the Constitution of the Federal Party. Conflicts arising from such interpretation shall be resolved under the procedure for resolving conflicts set out in the Federal Party Constitution.

VI. No word or construction in this Constitution shall be taken to imply any discrimination whatsoever with regard to race, ethnicity, caste, heritage, class, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, gender or sexual orientation or any other ground other than political belief or practice.

VII. CLDs for as long as it is an Affiliated Organisation, shall be subject to the review and Investigation procedures created under Article 9.6b of the Liberal Democrat Federal Constitution.

VIII. In the event of the dissolution or suspension of CLDs the assets of the CLDs shall vest in the Federal Party on trust for the future reconstitution of CLDs unless explicitly provided.

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Original CONSTITUTION OF THE CHINESE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS as an ASSOCIATED ORGANISATION of the Liberal Democrats
(As amended following the Annual General Meeting held on 22 October 2017)

  1. Name

The name of the body governed by this Constitution shall be The Chinese Liberal Democrats.

  1. Definitions

In this Constitution:

" CLDs" means the Chinese Liberal Democrats;

" Friends of CLDs" shall be as defined in Clause 4.3;

"Executive Committee" means the executive committee of the CLDs;

"the Party" means the Liberal Democrats; and

"the Party Constitution" means the Constitutions of the Federal Party and of the Liberal Democrats in England.

  1. Objects

The objects of the CLDs shall be:

  1. a) to identify the needs and aspirations of the Chinese population living in the United Kingdom;
  2. b) to help the Party formulate policies and strategies which address those needs and aspirations;
  3. c) to campaign and organise literature on behalf of the Party that more effectively reaches the Chinese population in the United Kingdom;
  4. d) to encourage more members from the Chinese community to become politically engaged;
  5. e) to promote and support the values and objects of the Party and in particular through its members;
  6. f) to secure the election of Liberal Democrats as Members of Parliament, UK Members of the European Parliament, members of regional, local and other elected public authorities and other public office;
  7. g) to actively recruit new members to the Party, and encourage existing members to renew their membership;
  8. h) to participate in the formulation of the policy of the Party;
  9. i) to be recognised as an Associated Organization of the Party; to play a full role in the democratic processes of the Party; and to send representatives, in accordance with the constitutions of the bodies concerned, to Party bodies;
  10. j) to play a full part in the campaigning activities of the Party at all levels;
  11. k) to campaign and work with the Chinese community and any other relevant third parties to achieve the objectives set out in the Preamble to the Party Constitution;
  12. m) to promote diversity of cultures within the Party and to represent the interests of the Chinese community.

  1. Membership

4.1 Membership of the CLDs shall be open to any current member of the Party, provided that they subscribe to the CLDs' stated aims, on payment of the prescribed annual subscription.

4.2 Notwithstanding the above, the Executive Committee of the CLDs shall, subject to a two thirds majority of those present and excluding the President, have power to refuse Membership to, or withdraw Membership from, any person whose activities are, or have been, in its opinion inconsistent with support of the above objects or whose actions have been in any other way seriously injurious to the CLDs. The Executive Committee is to be notified in advance of a vote to refuse or terminate Membership, and that person is to have an opportunity to make a statement in their defence to the committee. Any such refusal or withdrawal of Membership shall be subject to appeal to the President of the CLDs whose decision shall be final.

4.3 Persons and corporate bodies who are not members of the Party but who support the fundamental values and objectives of the Party and subscribe to the CLDs' stated aims may become associates ("Friends of CLDs") on payment of the prescribed annual subscription.

4.4 Notwithstanding the above, the Executive Committee of the CLDs shall, subject to a two thirds majority of those present and excluding the President, have power to refuse Friends of CLDs status to, or to withdraw Friends of CLDs status from, any person or corporate body whose activities are, or have been, in its opinion give rise to a conflict of interest, are inconsistent with support of the above objects or whose actions have been in any other way seriously injurious to the CLDs. The Executive Committee is to be notified in advance of a vote to refuse or terminate Friends of CLDs status and the person or body is to have an opportunity to make a statement in their defence to the committee. Any such refusal or withdrawal of membership shall be subject to appeal to the President of the CLDs whose decision shall be final.

4.5 The annual subscription shall be set by a General Meeting and remain in force until altered. All members and Friends of CLDs shall pay the appropriate subscription. Members who do not renew their subscriptions shall retain their rights as members for three months beyond their renewal date after which time, if no subscription has been received, their membership rights shall be deemed to have lapsed.

4.6 A subscription for lifetime membership of CLD shall be set by a General Meeting and remain in force for as long as the person remains a member of the Party or until otherwise altered by this Constitution.

  1. Officers and Executive Committee

5.1 The Executive Committee shall consist of:

  1. a) the Officers;
  2. b) a maximum of seven Ordinary Members;
  3. c) an Honorary President.

5.2 The Officers of the CLDs shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair(s), Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer. Their duties shall include:

  1. a) The Chair - to chair all General and Executive Committee Meetings ;in the event of a tied vote the Chair shall have an additional casting vote; to be jointly responsible with the Treasurer for the CLDs' compliance with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000;
  2. b) The Vice-Chair or Vice-Chairs (up to a maximum of 4) - to chair General and Executive Committee Meetings if the Chair is unable to do so;
  3. c) The Secretary - to handle the CLDs' correspondence; to maintain minutes of meetings;
  4. d) The Treasurer - to handle the CLDs' financial business and present financial reports to General Meetings; to be jointly responsible with the Chair for the CLDs' compliance with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000;
  5. e) The Membership Secretary - to:

(i) receive all notices of application for membership and refer them to the Executive Committee for acceptance;

(ii) maintain a membership register and provide all Executive Committee members with lists of members as necessary under this Constitution; and

(iii) ensure compliance with data protection legislation.

The Secretary shall not later than 2nd January and within seven days after any subsequent change notify the names and addresses of all Officers to the Chief Executive of the Federal Party.

5.3 There may be an Honorary President to be elected by the Annual General Meeting.

5.4 Any member may stand for office of the Executive Committee.

5.5 The general and financial business of the CLDs shall be controlled and carried on by the Executive Committee, subject to the decisions of General Meetings and in compliance with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

5.6 Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be open to members of the CLD's as space permits.

5.7 The Executive Committee shall meet at least quarterly and not less than four times in a year. The Secretary shall give at least 7 days' notice of meetings to all members of the Executive Committee. One-third of its members shall form a quorum. A meeting may continue without a quorum if no member present objects.

5.8 The Executive Committee may appoint sub-committees for any specified purpose. No sub-committee or Executive Committee member may take action on behalf of the Executive Committee beyond their terms of appointment. All sub-committees shall report on their activities to the Executive Committee and may include persons who are not members of the Executive Committee and may delegate authority to take actions on their behalf.

5.9 In urgent circumstances the Officers may act on behalf of the Executive Committee. They shall report on such actions to the next meeting of the Executive Committee.

  1. Election of Executive Committee

6.1 The Officers, and members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by and from members of the CLDs at the time of the Annual General Meeting. An Honorary President may also be elected by and from members of the CLDs at the time of the AGM. If an election is contested, there shall be a ballot.

6.2 The term of office of Officers, members and an Honorary President of the Executive Committee elected at the time of the AGM shall be from the 1st January following their election until the following 31st December, except that if the previous AGM has not been held during the current or preceding calendar year then the term of office shall be from the close of the AGM until the following 31st December. The Officers, members and Honorary President shall be eligible for re-election, save that the Chair shall not serve for more than three consecutive terms, and shall not be eligible for re-election as Chair for two terms after leaving Office.

6.3 Nominations for election shall be invited in the notice summoning the AGM, and shall close at the AGM, but not before the reception of the Chair's and Treasurer's reports. They must be proposed and seconded, and except in the case of nominations made at the AGM shall be in writing signed by the proposer, seconder and candidate.

6.4 Where elections are contested, ballot papers shall be distributed at the AGM, and must be returned to the Returning Officer at the AGM. All contested elections under this constitution shall be by secret ballot by the Single Transferable Vote method in accordance with election rules made under the Party Constitution.

6.5 The Executive Committee may between AGMs co-opt a member of the CLDs to fill any vacancy occurring among its Officers or members. Any vacancy in the Chair shall be filled from amongst the existing Executive Committee members. The term of office of a co-opted Officer or member of the Executive Committee shall be from the time of their co-option until the following 31st December.

  1. General Meetings

7.1 The Annual General Meeting shall be on a day appointed by the Executive Committee, between 1st September and 30th November. The Executive Committee may postpone the AGM if it would conflict with a Parliamentary Election, or for other urgent reason.

7.2 The AGM shall also be called if a written requisition, signed by at least one current member, is received by the Chair or Secretary and an AGM has not been held during or since the preceding calendar year.

7.3 The business of the AGM shall include:

  1. a) to receive a report from the Chair on the activities of the CLDs and the Executive Committee since the previous AGM;
  2. b) to consider and, if thought fit, approve the accounts of the CLDs for the previous financial year together with an independent report on those accounts, and to receive a report from the Treasurer including an outline budget for the following year;
  3. c) to appoint for the current Financial Year (i) Auditors if required by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 or (ii) a person(s) to produce an independent report on the accounts for a General Meeting;

d) to receive reports from any member of the Executive Committee attending on the proceedings of the Federal and Regional Conferences since the previous AGM;

  1. e) to transact any other business specified by the Constitution, or directed by the Executive Committee;
  2. f) to consider any motion which has been submitted by any member of the CLDs to the Secretary in time for circulation with the notice of the AGM;
  3. g) to elect the Officers and members of the Executive Committee.

7.4 The Secretary shall give all members at least 21 days written notice of the time and place of the AGM. Such notice shall specify all business to be conducted at the meeting.

7.5 The AGM may by a two-thirds majority agree to consider urgent or important business which has arisen since notice of the AGM was given.

7.6 A special General Meeting may be convened by the Officers, or by the Executive Committee; and shall, on receipt of a requisition signed by at least twenty members of the CLDs (or one-fifth of the membership if less), be convened by the Secretary so as to be held within 28 days from the receipt of such requisition. At least 14 days written notice shall be given to all members. The meeting shall only consider business stated in the notice convening it.. In an emergency, the Officers may convene a meeting giving such notice as they consider sufficient in the circumstances.

7.7 Twenty (20) members (or one-fifth of the membership if less), shall form a quorum at any General Meeting. A quorum is not required to receive reports and accounts. A meeting may continue without a quorum if no member present objects.

7.8 Minutes shall be maintained of all proceedings of all General Meetings. Minutes shall also be kept of any meetings of the Executive Committee. In the absence of an Executive Committee member charged with the duty, the Meeting shall appoint a member to take minutes.

  1. Finance

8.1 The CLDs' accounting period shall be annual, ending on 31st December each year.

8.2 The Treasurer shall keep, maintain for six years, and pass to his or her successor accounting records which shall be available for inspection in accordance with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

8.3 The Treasurer shall ensure that no donation of over £500 is accepted except from a permissible donor and shall keep records and submit donations reports to the Executive Committee and to Chief Executive of the Federal Party.

8.4 The Treasurer shall annually produce accounts which shall be approved by the Executive Committee and if required by the Political Parties, Elections & Referendums Act 2000 shall be audited and submitted to the Electoral Commission.

8.5 The Treasurer shall submit the accounts of the CLDs together with an independent report to a General Meeting. A copy of the annual accounts shall be sent to the Chief Executive of the Federal Party.

8.6 The CLDs shall maintain one or more bank or other appropriate accounts in the name of the CLDs for which the mandate for withdrawal shall require the signature of at least two Officers who shall not come solely from members of any one family. The CLDs may maintain further accounts for the deposit of money not required for the time being, requiring the same signatures.

  1. Constitution and Interpretation

9.1 Amendments to the Constitution may only be made by a two-thirds majority at a quorate General Meeting. No amendment shall be made which conflicts with the Constitution of the Party.

9.2 Details of any proposed amendment shall be sent to all members with the notice of the General Meeting.

9.3 Any member shall be provided with a copy of the Constitution on request.

9.4 In the event of any question of interpretation arising, or any question on which this Constitution is silent, the Executive Committee shall have power to act according to its interpretation of the Constitution.