YesCymru Central Committee receives vote of no confidence from member groups
The Central Committee of YesCymru has received a vote of no confidence from regional groups of the National Committee.
The vote was taken during an emergency meeting that was called to discuss rewriting the campaign group’s constitution and to launch an EGM Working Group.
Tori West, one of the Central Committee members who recently resigned from her position, has confirmed the vote of no confidence took place in a post on social media.
YesCymru Central Committee member Elin Hywel has hit out at the vote today, saying that it does not “represent” her as a member.
The vote is understood to have been an advisory with no final decisions made about the future of the Central Committee until an EGM, scheduled for the autumn.
Interim chair of YesCymru, Sarah Rees, announced last week that all members of the committee would be standing down with an opportunity to elect a new Central Committee at the EGM.
It follows a period of turmoil within the organisation with a number of resignations from the Central Committee, including that of former Chair, Sion Jobbins.
A statement from the Central Committee released before the meeting said: “YesCymru will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting of members (EGM) this Autumn, where many constitutional changes will be on the table.
“To coincide with the EGM, we, the remaining members of the YesCymru Central Committee, will put our own seats up for election, and will be giving the membership the opportunity to elect a new Central Committee.
“There have recently been calls by a number of the local YesCymru groups for an EGM to be held, pursuant to our written constitution, and we as the Central Committee are pleased to fulfil this instruction.
“The meeting will be used to address potential structural issues in our current constitution, a document which has seen only minor changes since YesCymru was launched in 2016.
“We recognise that the organisation of today – which has 18,000 members, many local groups, and salaried members of staff – is unrecognisable compared with the movement of the early years.”
The vote of no-confidence comes during a stormy time for the organisation which has been struggling with internal divisions and the recently standing down of chairman Sion Jobbins.
It follows a period of rapid growth for the group which saw membership numbers rocket to around 18,000 over the past 18 months.