The National Health Action Party AGM has been scheduled for 17th December 2016, as an online-only meeting. For the first time in its history the party will be electing new co-leaders as well as executive committee positions. The following is an excerpt from a letter to members by Dr Richard Taylor, NHA Life President.
There are always comments from around the country about the difficulties for those with disabilities, caring responsibilities or low incomes to attend the AGM. We hope that holding this important annual event online will enable every full member to participate, especially in the election of our executive and – for the first time since the party was formed – our co-leaders.
We are planning to follow the AGM with a conference early in the New Year, and are currently looking for a suitable venue in Manchester, and to hold a local councillors ‘surgery’ in Kidderminster in January for all those who have expressed an interest in standing for their local council elections. We know that for many of you it is the opportunity to meet other party members face to face that is as important as the official business. We hope that splitting the business agenda of the AGM from the more social aspects of conference will offer you the best chance of participating in the way that suits you.
The AGM will be held online on Saturday 17 December. From one week before, Saturday 10 December, there will be a page on the website with photos and personal statements from the candidates for the executive and for those who, in addition, wish to stand as co-leaders. Voting will take place during that week so that the executive can be announced online on the day of the AGM. The leadership election will then be held on the day, as only the candidates who have been successful at this stage may then be considered for one of the two co-leadership roles.
Full details of the agenda and how to participate will be issued shortly.
A full executive consists of:
- Two co-leaders
- Nominating Officer
(The above roles are registered with the Electoral Commission and have legal responsibilities.)
- Committee Secretary
- 10 elected members
The date for nominations has been extended to this coming Wednesday 7 December. Individuals who will have held full party membership for at least thirty days on the date of the AGM are eligible to stand. All new candidates as well as those who have previously notified their intention should submit a photograph and a 250 word statement of why they are standing. These will be published on the website.
You do not have to be a doctor or an academic to stand for the executive but please bear in mind that the executive forms policy and strategy for the party. Your statement should give some information to the members about how you feel you can contribute to that.
We look forward to as many members as possible participating in the AGM and welcome your feedback on the event. This is an exciting use of our social media and we hope it will succeed in widening participation in this important part of the party’s year.
May I say finally that unfortunately some dozen or so members of the party did not receive the message about the cancellation of the AGM on 5th November. We apologise for any miscommunication and inconvenience caused.
Dr Richard Taylor MBE
NHA Life President
Enquiries to: email@example.com