Statement of Principles

JVL Constitution

1. Purpose: Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) is an organisation dedicated to representing Jewish members of the British Labour Party.

2. Statement of Principles: This is the Statement of Principles adopted on 28 July 2017 or as subsequently amended under the procedure outlined in Para 9 below.

3. Membership: Membership is open to Jewish members of the Labour Party who accept the JVL Statement of Principles, agree to act within its spirit, and pay any membership fee that may be set by the Steering Group.

4. Supporters’ Network: The Steering Group is authorised to set up a network of non-Jewish Labour party members who support the statement of principles and wish to be associated with the work of JVL. They will be designated Associate Members, but will not have voting rights.

5. Annual General Meetings: An annual general members’ meeting shall be held within 12 months of the inaugural meeting of JVL. Subsequent Annual General Meetings shall be held at intervals of not less than ten, and not more than fifteen months. The Annual General Meeting shall receive a report of the activities of JVL over the previous year, and a statement of its financial situation, to be presented by the Treasurer. The Annual General Meeting shall elect a Steering Group, consisting of Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and other such officers as it may decide are necessary, as well as up to 5 general members. Proxy voting is not allowed. The Steering Group is responsible for the conduct of JVL between general meetings. The Steering Group may co-opt other such members as they deem appropriate. The quorum for meetings of the Steering Group shall be 3. Notice of the Annual General Meeting shall include a request for nominations to the Steering Group positions and shall be sent to members no less than 2 weeks in advance.

6. Ordinary General Meetings: Members’ meetings shall be held at least once between AGMs. All members of JVL shall be entitled to attend a members’ meeting, to speak, to propose motions for discussion, and to vote. Proxy voting is not allowed. All decisions shall be by simple majority vote. Details of the meeting, including the text of any motion to be proposed, must be circulated to all members at least 1 week in advance.

7. Special General Meetings: A special general members’ meeting shall be held at the request of the Steering Group, or of one-quarter of the members of JVL. Motions for decision at an SGM may be proposed either by the Steering Group or by two or more members. Motions must be circulated to all members 2 weeks ahead of the date of the meeting. Proxy voting is not allowed. The meeting will consider only the business specified in the notice.

8. Quorums: The quorum for all general meetings shall be 20% of the membership, or 15, whichever is the smaller.

9. Changes to this Constitution: Changes to this Constitution may be made at Annual General or Special General Meetings. Such proposed amendments must have been circulated to all members 2 weeks ahead of the meeting. To pass they must secure a 2/3 majority of those voting.

10. Bank Accounts: The officers shall be empowered to open and operate bank accounts on behalf of JVL and to set membership fees in consultation with the members. Such accounts may be operated by any single nominated officer

11. Auditors: Auditors must be appointed by a resolution at a General Meeting of JVL. Steering Group members are not eligible for appointment as auditors.

12. Exclusion from Membership: Any member whose conduct is disruptive of the work of JVL or who expresses views that conflict fundamentally with JVL’s statement of principles, or who behaves in such a way as to bring JVL into disrepute, may be suspended from membership and recommended for exclusion by the Steering Group, this decision being subject to confirmation by majority vote at a General Meeting to be called in timely fashion.

13. Dissolution: The organisation may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority vote at a properly convened Special General Meeting, at which dissolution is the only item on the agenda. If, after three attempts, it remains impossible to call a quorate meeting, those remaining active members may dissolve the organisation by a majority vote. In the event of dissolution, any remaining assets shall be transferred to another group or body whose purposes and activities are broadly congruent with those of JVL. A decision on the recipient shall be made by simple majority vote of members present at the meeting which decides on dissolution.



Finalised on  5 August 2017