1. Membership of the party is open to all UK residents who agree with its fundamental values and objectives without discrimination as to age, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.
  2. Members will be empowered to participate in the election of the Leader, in the selection of candidates and in policy formation.
  3. Membership shall be by payment of a subscription at a level set from time to time by the Management Council and dependent on self-declared financial status.
  4. As a Member of The Independent Group for Change, you must treat others with respect and must not bully, harass, or intimidate any party member, member of party staff, volunteer or member of the public. Such behaviour will not be tolerated and will be considered to be bringing the party into disrepute.
  5. As a member of The Independent Group for Change, you must abide by the party’s data protection rules as laid out in the party’s Data Protection Policy.
  6. Membership may be refused on one or more of the following grounds:
    1. material disagreement, evidenced by conduct by the applicant, with the mission and objectives of the party;
    2. the admission of the applicant would be likely to bring the party into disrepute;
    3. the applicant is judged to be acting primarily to the benefit of another political party.

    Such refusal may be invoked by a simple majority vote of either the National Management Council or a Sub-Committee of the Management Council so empowered.

  7. Any person aggrieved by such a refusal shall have a right of appeal to the Party Appeals Panel. Rulings by the Party Appeals Panel shall be final and not subject to further appeal.
  8. Membership may be revoked on one or more of the following grounds:
    1. material disagreement, evidenced by conduct, with the mission and objectives of the party;
    2. conduct which has brought, or is likely to bring, the party into disrepute;
    3. the member is judged to be acting against the interests of the party or primarily to the benefit of another political party;
    4. the member is standing or has stood against the candidate of the party in a local or national election.

    Such revocation may be invoked by a simple majority vote of either the National Management Council or a Sub-Committee of the Management Council so empowered.

  9. Any person aggrieved by such a revocation shall have a right of appeal to the Party Appeals Panel. Rulings by the Party Appeals Panel shall be final and not subject to further appeal.
  10. Any candidate for election to any party office or Committee as defined by this Constitution, or public office standing as a representative of the party, must be a current member of the party.