Any politically active member of the YDM (Yorkshire Devolution Movement), is entitled to use the YPF facilities (website, email, chat & video conferencing), upon application to the YDM Executive Committee via the generic account:-
Anyone granted access to the YPF facilities will by implication support the policy of Yorkshire devolution (as defined by the YDM) and the concept of English federalism.
All aspects of the use of YPF facilities will be moderated by the YDM Executive Committee and/or the Domain proprietors and their decision is final.
All users of the YPF facilities are expected to agree to and abide by the clear ethical standards, set out below:-
The Bell Principles
The basis for support of independent candidates and were first formulated by Martin Bell:
– abide wholeheartedly by the spirit and letter of the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by Lord Nolan in 1995: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
– be guided by considered evidence, our real world experience and expertise, our constituencies and our consciences.
– be free from the control of any political party, pressure group or whip.
– be non-discriminatory, ethical and committed to pluralism.
– make decisions transparently and openly at every stage and level of the political process, enabling people to see how decisions are made and the evidence on which they are based.
– listen, consulting our communities constantly and be innovative.
– treat political opponents with courtesy and respect, challenging them when we believe they are wrong, and agreeing with them when we believe they are right.
– resist abuses of power and patronage and promote democracy at every level.
– work with other elected independents as a Group with a chosen spokesperson.
– claim expenses, salaries and compensation openly so the public can judge the value for money of our activities.