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St Pier turns down P&R offer in favour of the STSB

St Pier turns down P&R offer in favour of the STSB

Saturday 17 October 2020

St Pier turns down P&R offer in favour of the STSB

Former Chief Minister Gavin St Pier has revealed that Deputy Peter Ferbrache, who beat him to the top job yesterday, offered both him and one of his closest political colleagues a place on his new P&R Committee.

Deputy St Pier announced, both in the States and on his own personal Twitter account, that he had declined an offer to work on P&R with his successor - however he has insisted that his reasons for doing so were out of respect for the new Chief Minister.

He added that Deputy Lyndon Trott, who labelled the newly-appointed Chief Minister a "chancer" earlier this week, had also been extended the same invitation. 

Instead, Deputy St Pier proposed another former P&R member, Deputy Al Brouard, against Deputy Ferbrache's four nominations for the committee.

"I think it is worth highlighting the continuity that Deputy Brouard can offer. Having taken the lead in the representation of Guernsey in the Bailiwick Council and his work with Alderney and Sark, that is experience that could be shared with Deputy Helyar.

"He has been around the patch and knows a thing or two about cross-committee working. He became a very hard-working member of the committee and has been very loyal to the decisions, but has been happy to challenge within the committee room."

Deputy Brouard was unsuccessful, with the States appointing Deputy Ferbrache's preferred picks instead. Meanwhile, Deputy St Pier chastised his successor in the States for not approaching the 16-year deputy.

"I was disappointed that Deputy Ferbrache, when he generously offered to nominate me as a member of the Policy & Resources Committee for that continuity, and also Deputies Trott and Le Tocq, that he didn't actually consider Deputy Brouard as well because it would have been a conversation worth having."

In her speech, Deputy Heidi Soulsby, who looks set to be appointed P&R Vice-President, admitted she had supported Deputy St Pier for the top job. Despite that, she said that States members had to put any divisions behind them for the good of the island.

"Yesterday you voted for change, today I ask you to vote for unity," she said. 

"We must move on and all of us work together in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. We need to make decisions and action them whether we all agree with them or not. It is needed now more than ever before. We literally can't afford the division that characterised the last States."

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