Association of Green Councillors Constitution

1.  NAME

The name shall be the Association of Green Councillors, [hereinafter referred to as 'AGC']. The AGC is a constituent part of the Green Party of England and Wales [hereinafter referred to as 'The Green Party'].

2.  OBJECT and AIMS

2.1  to link, network and support Green councillors

2.2  to promote the aims of the Green Party by developing, promoting and implementing policies consistent with the Party's philosophical basis as expressed in the Policies for a Sustainable Society

2.3  to act as a representative body for elected Green Party councillors/members of local authorities, the Greater London Authority, and the Local Government Association and for internal liaison between the national party and its Executive and the Party's MPs and MEPs

2.4  to foster, encourage and advise aspiring councillors.

3. MEMBERSHIP

3.1  All persons elected to Parish, Town, District, Unitary and County Councils, the Greater London Authority and the Welsh Regional Assembly who are Green Party national members shall become members of the AGC on the occasion of their election.

3.2  To help with the cost of providing support to councillors all AGC members are asked to make a contribution of 2.25% of their allowance, up to a maximum of £100 a year (minimum £10 a year).

3.3  AGC membership shall also be open to aspiring Green councillors, those interested in supporting councillors, previous councillors and national party office-holders, upon receipt of a payment of £10 per year.

3.4  Membership will also be open to Green Party members from other countries, upon receipt of the relevant payment for elected or aspiring councillors.

4.  AGC OFFICERS

4.1  A Chair and two Vice-Chairs shall be appointed in accordance with the election procedure.

4.2  The Elected AGC Officers shall be responsible for the day-to-day running of the AGC in accordance with the decisions of the AGC and with due regard to the requirements of the Constitution and any Standing Orders.

4.3  Other non-elected AGC officer roles may be created or dissolved and officers appointed or dismissed as necessary by a motion to a General Meeting requiring a two-thirds majority.

4.4  Subject to affordability the AGC shall appoint a paid worker (AGC Coordinator). This worker shall act as secretary to the executive. Should there be no paid worker in post, one of the Vice-Chairs will be designated by the executive to act as the secretary, and the identity of this person communicated to AGC members.

5.  ELECTION PROCEDURE

5.1  Nominations for candidates for elected AGC officers shall be invited by the Chair at the Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting.

5.2  Nominees must be proposed and seconded by members of the AGC who have paid their annual subscription.

5.3  All elections shall be decided by a show of hands at the AGM or an EGM.

6.  CENSURE AND EXPULSION

6.1  Any Member whose conduct is deemed contrary to the Object and Aims of the AGC may be censured by a motion raised at a General Meeting. Such a motion requires a two-thirds majority to be passed.

6.2  An Elected AGC Officer may be de-selected/removed from their post and any AGC Member may be expelled from the AGC, by a two-thirds majority vote on a motion to an AGM or EGM. Such a motion shall be signed by ten or more Members and be submitted to the Chair 28 days before the meeting, who shall circulate the motion to all Members at least fourteen days before the appropriate meeting.

7.  GENERAL MEETINGS

7.1  An Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held once a year (with at least one month's notice given to members), but not more than fourteen months after the previous AGM. The AGM shall consider the reports of all Elected AGC Officers and others, review and set annual goals and hold hustings for new AGC Officers in addition to the ordinary business.

7.2  An Extra-Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be called by ten or more Members from at least three different local parties. An EGM shall conduct the extra-ordinary as well as ordinary business of the AGC.

7.3  A quorum for all General Meetings shall be 5% of the membership from three different local parties.

7.4   Consensus shall be sought for all decisions but where there is a clear division a simple majority shall apply (except when a two-thirds majority is required).

7.5   All AGM and EGM Motions and Amendments must be proposed and seconded by two Members.

8.  STANDING ORDERS

8.1  Standing Orders may be created to govern the operation of the AGC not provided for by the constitution.

8.2  lf Standing Orders are created, amended or deleted by a motion to a General Meeting they shall require a two-thirds majority for adoption. Such a motion shall be proposed and seconded by two Members and submitted to the Chair at least 42 days before the General Meeting.

9.  REVISION OF THE CONSTITUTION

9.1  The constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of those Members attending the AGM or EGM.

9.2  Any Constitutional amendments deemed necessary shall be drawn up by the Elected Officers and circulated to every Member at least 30 days before the AGM or EGM. Members may submit amendments to proposed constitutional amendments to the Chair no later than 15 days before the AGM or EGM.

9.3  No constitutional amendments, or amendments to proposed constitutional amendments, may be put at the AGM or EGM, except for minor textual amendments, or to ensure consistency of numbering etc. with an already passed amendment.