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Parker apologises to Ozouf for ‘personal tribulations’ faced during time in office

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THE new States chief executive has apologised to Senator Philip Ozouf for the ‘personal tribulations’ he suffered while Assistant Chief Minister.

States chief executive Charlie Parker

Earlier this year the Senator was cleared by the Commissioner for Standards following an investigation into two transactions on his States credit card.

A police investigation was also dropped.

It was revealed in the Commissioner’s report that it was former States chief executive John Richardson who made the complaints over the Senator’s credit card use.

Since both inquiries concluded, a separate freedom of information response issued last year has been amended after a number of the Senator’s expenses claims were reclassified as legitimate business expenses.

Senator Ozouf has since formally withdrawn a complaint he made about how Mr Richardson handled the matter, as well as other affairs, including the release of the FoI report into his expenses.

In a letter to the Senator, States chief executive Charlie Parker says he appreciates why the former Assistant Chief Minister felt he wasn’t properly supported during some of his time in office.

In a press statement, Mr Parker said: ‘I appreciate that Senator Ozouf was disappointed by the support he received and I note that the Senator has now withdrawn his complaint against the previous CEO.

‘I have subsequently made clear that on behalf of the management of the States of Jersey, I apologised for all the personal tribulations he has gone through.

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‘I am pleased the Senator has acknowledged the improvements we are planning as we restructure the public sector.

‘Our modernisation programme includes improving support for ministers and assistant ministers with their work and administration.

‘I am confident that all parties have learned from the experience and we should avoid such a situation occurring in the future.’

Senator Ozouf, who is not standing for re-election and will leave the States next month after 19 years in politics, said he is withdrawing the complaint against Mr Richardson as Mr Parker has announced measures to ensure Members are better supported.

He added: ‘I don’t believe in hashing over the past and I believe that the changes now being implemented will mean that there should not be a recurrence of what I have experienced.’

Senator Ozouf is leaving the States to spend more time with his partner in London and to pursue other business interests. He has not ruled out standing for the States again.

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