A Guide to Local Committees

ABOUT OUR COMMITTEES

You can see from our candidate requirements just how serious we are about doing things properly. Our committees will be formed from exactly the same type of people. Local, known, trusted and loyal. They need to be local people who are known by a number of others without any question marks over their identity, loyalty, etc. They will be willing to do the job, support each other, support the candidate and represent their constituents.

We hope that the committees can be seeded by people already active with Stand in the Park, The Light distributors, Yellow Boarders, Stand Together The Great Rising, The Great Resist, The Great Reopening, key ULEZ and LTN groups, etc.

The committees will be supported by volunteers who will be willing to go out and spread the truth to voters about the issues that affect them.

We are taking a chance opening up the forums to anyone. It’s the only quick way. Otherwise we will have to manage the vetting of 650 groups which is impossible given our resources.

The local committees will be extremely important for this plan to work. They will work to create a group of six to twelve people who can be trusted locally to do the job. The more people who get involved the better. The key is to ensure no infiltration (see: The Plan – Step One) and to get the job done.

The job of the committee will involve:

  • Running the committee
  • Monitoring for infiltration
  • Running the forum at first and then migrating to decentralised communications
  • Selecting a candidate
  • Signing up volunteers
  • Organising demonstrations, talks, etc
  • Running the campaign
  • Raising money to pay for leaflets and other expenses
  • Feeding back to central admin for success stories, failures to improve information and strategies

HOW TO RUN A COMMITTEE

This article is written for members who are about to start creating the committees. Later on, we’ll add more information for committees that are up and running.

GETTING STARTED

We have a main website (where you are now) and a separate “Action” site for volunteers to get involved which will be launched shortly. The instructions below are only relevant once the “Action” site is public. We hope to launch it on Friday this week.

Once there, click on the “constituencies” button in the menu. That will take you to a list of the regions of the UK. It may take a few seconds to open. Click on the one where you live e.g. “East of England”. Again, it may take a few seconds to open. You will now see a list of parliamentary constituencies in that region. Click on your constituency and it will take you to the campaign page for your area.

At the moment the pages have very basic information: a title, a link to the forum and volunteer page and a post about what the page is for. However, once the committee is formed, this page will become a full “portal” for your local campaign. The committee can start adding posts straight away and we will be adding extra functionality all the time.

For now, the important thing is to click the link on the page to take you to the forum for your constituency. It’s possible you’ll be the first person there. If so, register as requested and confirm your email address by clicking the link in the email we send you.

If you’re first, reply to the “just arrived” topic and give a brief introduction to yourself – it doesn’t have to be personal or identifiable. Just something that the next person can recognise as another person and say hello. Obviously, if you’re not first, you’ll see some posts/topics which you can read and reply to. 

If all goes according to plan, a number of you will already know each other and will have arranged to join the forum around the same time. Hopefully, that means that a small core group of people will kickstart things and some more will join in.

This is when you can all have a chat and share ideas while you get enough people willing to meet up to discuss creating the local committee for your parliamentary constituency.

SETTING UP THE COMMITTEE

As soon as possible, meet up in real life. This could be at your local Stand in the Park, a pub, etc. We will post more advice on how to run that first meeting but generally the idea is to form a committee as soon as possible with a few provisos:

  • You are all known to each other in some way through the local community. Establish exactly who you all are. We don’t want any strangers or people who live outside the community simply because we can’t verify who they are with our limited resources. If someone is unknown to you all, try to track down a trusted person who can vouch for them. It’s not rude or hurtful but very necessary.
  • You must all live in the constituency and be registered to vote there.
  • There are at least five people.
  • You all agree to the Independent Alliance manifesto and agree that the candidate must qualify too.
  • You agree on the use of a “spare” bank account one of you already has or can open in one of your names. The bank account must be open to inspection by the rest of the committee at any time.
  • You agree on a chair person and a way to revolve the role between anyone else who wishes to be chair.
  • You agree to leave the committee if asked by 50% or more of the members (you are not counted).
  • You agree to a set of rules which we will send you when you confirm the committee members. This will include a list of eligibility requirements similar to the candidate requirements.
  • You promise that you are eligible to join and if found not to be that you will instantly leave.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Once the committee is officially formed, you can have your first committee meeting. Again, we will post more advice on how to do this later on.

  • There will be a few priorities from the off.
  • Set up communications channels. Move to Telegram or another similar system that you all agree on.. Our forums are only designed for initial contact. They are not sophisticated and we don’t want everyone communicating on one platform. We want 650 separate communication channels on the go as the goal is to eventually make this all autonomous and open sourced.
  • Choose a candidate. Guidance to follow soon.
  • Set up fundraising channels. Guidance to follow soon.
  • Recruit volunteers. Guidance to follow soon.
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