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Ferbrache is Guernsey's new Chief Minister

Ferbrache is Guernsey's new Chief Minister

Friday 16 October 2020

Ferbrache is Guernsey's new Chief Minister


Deputy Peter Ferbrache has come out victorious in a presidential showdown with Deputy Gavin St Pier and will replace him as Guernsey's Chief Minister.

In a re-run of the 2016 election for the same role, which was narrowly won by Deputy St Pier following two tied votes, Deputy Ferbrache succeeded this time round by 23 votes to 17.

Deputy Ferbrache said he would "welcome working with" his predecessor and thanked him for what he has given to the role in the last four-and-a-half years. 

The newly-appointed P&R President said that what the people need, most of all, is action. "I have made thousands of decisions in my life but I have never been afraid to make decisions."

He said the island is "saddled and burdened with" too much regulation and everything starts with a strong economy. Anyone who thinks that 97% of the economy is working effectively "is not living in the real world."

He said he is focussed on the future, improving lives for his children and grandchildren, and for others in the community.

"We want our young to have aspirations and hope," he said.

"I want my children and grandchildren to have a better life than I have, and I have had a good life."

Deputy Gavin St Pier

Pictured: If elected, Deputy St Pier said he would populate a committee with deputies across the political spectrum in the States by inviting Deputy Ferbrache, Heidi Soulsby, Mark Helyar and one other to join him on P&R.

His proposer, Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, said that during her time working under Deputy Ferbrache's leadership on Economic Development, he had always invited committee members to challenge and debate.

He delegated responsibility for different policy areas, allowing each member to take ownership and grow in confidence, while never abdicating his own responsibility as the head of the committee. 

"He enabled me to find my niche, to carve out specialisms and find my confidence," she said. 

"He was then and is now a facilitator. He will be the island's servant leader."

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Pictured: New Deputy Mark Helyar said it felt like he was "walking into a turf war". He sought, and received assurances, that either presidential candidate would work with the other moving forward to help unify the States. 

Deputy St Pier was praised by his proposer, Deputy Peter Roffey, as being a "genuine tour de force" for his work representing the island, especially externally, where he has performed "better than anyone I have seen in the last 40 years."

Deputy St Pier set out a own plan of action to enable the economy 'to revive and thrive', which would have included working with Economic Development, in the first 100 days, on the "rapid" roll-out of super fast fibre broadband, while there would be a "sustainable tax system" before the States within a year. 

Deputy Ferbrache's first act will be to propose a Policy & Resources Committee, which will be appointed in the States tomorrow morning.

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