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St Pier remains quietly confident over code complaints

St Pier remains quietly confident over code complaints

Thursday 16 February 2023

St Pier remains quietly confident over code complaints

Thursday 16 February 2023

Deputy Gavin St Pier remains confident he has not breached the Code of Conduct that governs members behaviour but has stressed it is important the process investigating three complaints against him is followed properly.

The issue was brought back into the public spotlight yesterday when Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen attempted to get an update in the States.

She was blocked by the Bailiff amid concerns that the confidentiality of the process was being breached.

Code of Conduct complaints are meant to remain confidential unless they are upheld and a report is then published.

"I cannot comment in any depth on the ongoing Codes of Conduct against me,” said Deputy St Pier. “Not because I don't want to but, ironically perhaps, because the Code itself precludes me doing so. 

“Their existence was put into the public domain by others before I had seen the complaints. I replied to media enquiries to confirm that I had been told of their existence but that I had not seen them at that time.  

“I said then and I say again now that I am confident that I have not breached the Code of Conduct but it is important that due process is followed."

Deputy St Pier confirmed in July that he was subject to three code of conduct complaints - by Dr S Bohin, the Medical Specialist Group, and the Guernsey and Alderney branch of the British Medical Association.

That followed comments he made during a States speech earlier in the year about what he said are failings in the safeguarding processes in the children’s healthcare system.

Deputy Dudley-Owen yesterday tried to find out when the hearings would report, naming Deputy St Pier, in a question to States Assembly and Constitution Committee President Deputy Carl Meerveld, who had just given a general update to the Assembly about his committee’s work.

It prompted Deputy Lyndon Trott to ask the Bailiff Richard McMahon to intervene to stop the line of questioning.

Mr McMahon gave Deputy Dudley-Owen three opportunities to do so.

He eventually ruled it out because it was not a matter for the States Assembly and Constitution Committee until the independent Code of Conduct panel reports.


Three Code of Conduct complaints lodged against Deputy St Pier

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