News

YesCymru members to get opportunity to elect new Central Committee

29 Jul 2021 4 minutes Read
The second National March for Welsh Independence July 2019, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. Picture by Llywelyn2000 (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Members of YesCymru are going to get the opportunity to elect a new Central Committe.

The pro-independence group has announced that an Extraordinary General Meeting will be held in the Autumn where the current members of the Committee will put their own seats up for election.

The decision to hold the meeting was made after calls to do so from a number of local YesCymru branches, and following demands on social media for members of the current Committee to resign.

The group has been going through a turbulent period, with a number of resignations from the Central Committee, including that of former Chair, Sion Jobbins.

The interim Chair Sarah Rees has previously told Nation.Cymru that there had been a “slight breakdown in communication” between the YesCymru committee and the membership, that they were now taking steps to rectify.

A statement from the Central Committee 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 fulfill 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.”

‘Working Group’ 

It also said: “In the National Committee meeting on Saturday (31 July), we will be launching an EGM Working Group, containing representatives from the groups and from the Central Committee, which will discuss and develop all changes proposed to the EGM to ensure cohesion. The exact date and other details of the EGM will be set by the Working Group.

“Over these past two months since the Annual General Meeting where we were elected, we as the Central Committee have all given a lot of our time and energy into the administration of the movement, at great expense to our personal lives and our mental wellbeing.

“In this time, it has become increasingly difficult to function effectively as a committee, owing to the resignations of committee members, and much unrest around the number of people who were able to vote in the above election.

“We want to give the entire membership the right to have their say, therefore this is what we will be doing. Between now and the EGM we will seek nominations for the 12 seats, and then open the voting period following the meeting.

“The online election will remain open for a week and will be available to all who are members when the election is called, regardless of whether they attended the EGM.

“For the small number of members who we are unable to contact via email, we will be sending postal ballots. We will also be offering a preferential voting method for electing members, rather than first-past-the-post – all of which will be handled by an external election voting service.

“Some members voiced disappointment that they were unable to vote in the AGM, despite the election being similar to the previous AGM in Merthyr Tydfil. In fact 430 members voted in our online election this year, compared to 120 members who voted physically at that Merthyr Tydfil meeting.

“This year’s AGM was held online for the first time due to Covid restrictions. Voting took place within the event itself because the method of electing committee members was dependent on the outcome of one of the motions up for discussion at the meeting. To avoid a similar situation for this EGM, the vote itself will take place after the event.

“We now urge all members to support us as an outgoing committee in the endeavour of running the organisation between now and the EGM, so that we – with the help of the groups and the members – can put positive changes in place, ready for the next committee.

“As a wider independence movement, we must show respect for our differences within a non-partisan movement and concentrate on what unites us – the desire for an independent Wales.”

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
20 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago

Yes Cymru saved from the crazies, cross fingers it returns to non-partisan.

Gweirydd
Gweirydd
1 month ago
Reply to  j humphrys

No chance. The Marxists are on manoeuvres.

#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Gweirydd

And the fascists are on the ‘spoons app

Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
1 month ago

I have decided not to rejoin until YC puts in place voting arrangements that allow for broader / universal participation in decision-making. Postal or electronic voting for example.

Requiring votes to be cast in person makes YC vulnerable to takeover by fringe groups. Under current arrangements, a bus load of two should be sufficient to swing most votes.

John Brooks
John Brooks
1 month ago

That’s what they are doing. You will have a week to vote on line, or if needed, by post following the EGM.

I understand 400+ voted at the AGM.

Glen
Glen
1 month ago

Time to reclaim the movement from the looney lefties with agendas that have nought to do with independence.

#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Glen

Oh they’re all lefties? You need to get past this whole left v right red herring if you want freedom. There aren’t enough “righties” in Cymru to win this on your own. OR lefties for that matter. Gain freedom from the oppressors then bicker about which party should lead. Maybe a brand new one?

Last edited 1 month ago by #1Chris
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  #1Chris

In my one horse town there were only a handful of us on two wheels so we were a biker, scooter, moped gang

Last edited 1 month ago by Mab Meirion
#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

😄

#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago

Make Cymru Great Again! Build The Wall!

#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  #1Chris

Not me. This above is one of my personal hate mob.
Don’t need a wall. Only want to keep Westminster out

#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  #1Chris

Am I narcissistic enough to talk to myself and invent a “personal hate mob”? Yes I am.

Mandi A
Mandi A
1 month ago
Reply to  #1Chris

Try complaining to the journalism professors who supposedly run this site about your identity theft. And worth noting for any privacy concerns, if you have commented on here, then you put your handle into a search engine, those comments will come straight up and take you back to n.c

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 month ago

The right decision by the current CC. And whoever is elected we all need to get behind the new CC and move on

#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

So long as the new CC don’t hijack it for their own agendas, agreed

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
1 month ago

Good news at last for YC!!

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Under one banner…..says it all. We only need one “agenda”…… Independence.

Gruff Meredith
Gruff Meredith
1 month ago

Good to see things moving in a more constructive direction Maybe the following suggestion might also be helpful to Yes Cymru and the future independence campaign: *For the National Committe, representing all the Yes Cymru Members, to work on returning control of Yes Cymru back to the National Committee – and therefore give control back to the Members. *For all the Members/National Committee to vote on a new sub-committee (currently called the Central Committee) for the operational day to day running of Yes Cymru only, and which are all accountable and ultimately subordinate to the National Committee/Members. *For all member… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Gruff Meredith
hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Gruff Meredith

Good ideas there. I suspect however that it will be much like trying to revive a case of road kill. It got flattened by its own bad driving in this case, and I don’t think the bad drivers have it in them to modify their stances.

Mandi A
Mandi A
1 month ago
Reply to  Gruff Meredith

I guess the Irish Independence movement had plenty of issues of this nature when they got going but they got there pretty quickly. But then they were only dealing with 120 years of London control. Hope the horrible proposed development of O’Connell Bridge is stopped.

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.