GRASSROOTS CONFERENCE

“FORWARD WITH FRIENDS”

Strand Hall, Strand Street, Builth Wells at 11.0 am on 19th May 2018

BACKGROUND

This Conference is called outside the UKIP constitution on the basis of the inherent right of Free Association enjoyed by every British Subject.

Its findings will not be binding, but may be indicative of the way in which the Party should progress.

AGENDA

Part 1 : to be chaired by Ian Williams, Chairman of UKIP Torfaen Branch.

Policy discussion

In his article published by UKIPDaily on 10.1.2018 Gerard Batten MEP identified 10 policies including: 

  • to continue to argue the case for a strictly controlled and limited immigration system
  • to promote economic policies that make ordinary working people feel that the economy works for them by providing jobs for ordinary working people
  • to face up to the threat posed to our way of life by radical Islam
  • to speak up against political correctness and cultural Marxism
  • to increase our membership by adopting policies appealing to those who feel disenfranchised
  • to use social media to recruit new members and spread our message

Policies for Wales

  • Helping our farmers and enhancing the prospects of wildlife in upland Wales (Edmund Marriage)
  • The impact of the “Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015” (Stan Edwards)
  • Wales and its vast resources : the key to future industrial success. (Edmund Marriage)
  • How we can help the National Health Service. (South Wales East Branch)
  • Members to suggest other policies for UKIP Wales

A contribution from Young Independence

Reece Coombes

County Governance

The importance of each of the 5 electoral divisions of Wales having a fully functioning committee.

The Conference may then divide into 5 regional groups to consider:

  • Forming a County Branch (there are real difficulties in the vast area of Mid & West Wales)
  • Whether to meet on a regular date in each month, and where.
  • Preferably each County will choose a different date, so that members, if invited, can attend other County meetings.
  • Appointing a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer
  • or possibly deferring a decision until the inaugural meeting, in which case you will need to appoint a convener.
  • Appointing 2 or 3 members to represent the County on the Wales Committee (see below)

The Conference will then re-convene, and the groups can report progress.

Part 2 : to be chaired by Stan Edwards, Chairman of UKIP Newport Branch

A UKIP Wales Committee  – Structure

There are several possible models to consider:

1   The previous democratic Wales Committee used the same constitution as for Constituency Associations. All members in Wales were invited, and typically 15 to 20 attended.

2   The 5 Counties could elect 3 representatives, making a total of 15. Those members could then appoint their own Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer, and possibly other officers. When meeting with the 6 (?) AMs that would make a total of 21. (Ian Williams to present).

3   Alternatively the Wales meeting of all members could elect a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Then the Counties could each appoint 2 committee members, and the AMs would attend ex-officio. So there would be a total of up to 19, depending on how many AMs were officers. (HMH to present)

The UKIP Wales Committee  – Purpose

  • To act as a sounding board for the AMs, to advise them and support them generally.
  • To recommend policies for Wales to the All Wales Meeting of all Members.
  • To co-ordinate Election campaigns in Wales for Westminster and the Welsh Assembly so as to ensure, insofar as the Counties have not already done it, that there is a UKIP candidate in every constituency at least 6 months before an election.
  • To produce Campaign Literature.
  • To provide training for candidates.
  • To publish a regular newsletter.
  • To receive reports from the Counties as to progress.
  • Not to interfere with those Counties which are fully functional, but to support those which are not.

The relationship between the Wales Committee and the County Committees is not hierarchical. It is one of co-operation and mutual support.

The UKIP All Wales Meeting

Consisting of all UKIP members in Wales meeting at a central place.

To be the ultimate authority on the acceptance (or not) of particular policies for Wales, holding Grassroots Meetings for all members in Wales at least once a year (eg quarterly or half yearly) in which every UKIP member in Wales has a right to speak.

The relationship with the Governing Body  – please discuss each of the following:

  • UKIP Wales must have a representative on the UKIP Governing Body.

An NEC mostly comprising members from the South East has no comprehension of its inadequacy in governing the party in Wales.

  • Wales has an Assembly, whether we like it or not.

That means that UKIP Wales must have policies for the Welsh Assembly, and that means that UKIP in Wales must be internally self governing. How many people in Kent understand or even care about problems facing Wales? As to the relationship between UKIP Wales and the Governing Body. It might be akin to Canada when granted Dominion status. Is there a workable alternative ?

 

[Ed: Please refer to the INVITATION published HERE!]

 

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