Young Independence (YI) is UKIP’s youth wing, it is made up of all party members aged 30 and under. This document is designed to explain what the different roles are within YI and the functions they are each responsible for. It also details how we are structured as an organisation. Our aim as a youth wing is to support UKIP in its growth and help it increase youth participation as well as the number of young people voting for the party.
The National Council
The National Council will be made up of the YI Chairperson, YI Secretary, YI Treasurer and the 12 Regional Chairpersons as voting members. The Full Time YI Officers will attend as none voting members.
Full Time YI Officers
There are a team of full time YI Officers that will deal with the day to day running of Young Independence.
There is a Regional Chairperson in each of the 12 UK regions. (Eastern Counties, East Midlands, London, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire)
There are 72 County Chairpersons across the United Kingdom who are elected to serve in the following counties/boroughs/areas:
Eastern Counties (6) – Bedfordshire; Cambridgeshire; Essex; Hertfordshire; Norfolk; Suffolk
East Midlands (5) – Derbyshire; Leicestershire & Rutland; Lincolnshire; Northamptonshire; Nottinghamshire
London (7) – North East (Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest); North West and Central (Barnet, Brent, Camden, City, Tower Hamlets and Westminster); South East (Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham); South Central (Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Sutton); West (Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow); North (Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington); South West (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensignton and Chelsea, Kingston, Merton and Richmond)
North East (4) – Northumberland; Tyne & Wear; Durham; Tees Valley
North West (5) – Cheshire; Cumbria; Greater Manchester; Lancashire; Merseyside
Northern Ireland (5) – North (East Londonderry and Antrim); East (Lagan Valley and North Down); South (Armagh and South Down); West (Fermanagh, Tyrone, Foyle and Mid Ulster); Belfast
Scotland (9) – Highlands & Islands; Grampian; Tayside; Fife; Central; Strathclyde; Lothian; Dumfries & Galloway; Borders
South East (9) – Berkshire; Buckinghamshire; East Sussex; Hampshire; Isle of Wight; Kent; Oxfordshire; Surrey; West Sussex
South West (6) – Cornwall; Devon; Dorset; Gloucestershire; Somerset; Wiltshire
Wales (5) – Mid and West Wales; North Wales; South Wales Central; South Wales East; South Wales West
West Midlands (6) – Herefordshire; Shropshire; Staffordshire; Warwickshire; Worcestershire; West Midlands County
Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire (5) – East Riding; North Yorkshire; South Yorkshire; West Yorkshire; North Lincolnshire
Branch Representatives work with the local UKIP branch committee.