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Trolling deputy resigns from the Guernsey Party

Trolling deputy resigns from the Guernsey Party

Friday 25 June 2021

Trolling deputy resigns from the Guernsey Party


Deputy Chris Le Tissier has resigned from his political party, but has remained tight-lipped over his future in the States.

It comes after a second Code of Conduct panel deemed his derogatory and offensive remarks on social media to be so serious that the first-time deputy should be suspended from the States without pay for one year.

It is a downgrade from the original punishment proposed - outright expulsion from the States of Guernsey.

Deputy Le Tissier submitted an appeal against the recommendation of expulsion from the States for tweets about 'non-locals' and a number of deceitful remarks on social media, where he posed as a member of the public - rather than an elected official - while commenting on States business. 

The newly-convened panel dismissed his claims of bias against the first panel's membership, but arrived at a different conclusion over what the punishment should be.

Asked for response, Deputy Le Tissier stated: "I am studying the report and will comment on it at a later date."

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Pictured: One of the tweets, posted under a pseudonym, that formed the basis of conduct complaints against the suspended Guernsey Party member. 

In the meantime, it was confirmed this morning that Deputy Le Tissier has tendered his resignation from the Guernsey Party, which accepted it.

A six-month suspension of his party membership was imposed in March, after an investigation by Express led to a public admission from Deputy Le Tissier. 

The disgraced deputy is a member of Home Affairs and the Development & Planning Authority, but has not participated in committee meetings since the first week of March. However, he has still had full voting rights in the States chamber while the investigation and subsequent appeal have taken place. 

The investigation report has now been published and Deputy Tina Bury has submitted formal questions seeking confirmation of when the recommendation of suspension will be debated by the States and whether an extraordinary meeting should be called to debate it.

Deputy Chris Le Tissier States clash

Pictured: Deputy Chris Le Tissier should be suspended from all States business for one year without pay, a new Code of Conduct Panel has concluded.

As things stand, it is likely to be debated at the same meeting at which the Assembly will be making a major policy decision about the future of secondary and post-16 education. 

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