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No referendum on the Bailiff in the States

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THERE will be no referendum on the dual role of the Bailiff after the States opted against holding a public vote on the issue.

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Last year, the States agreed to hold a referendum on whether the Bailiff should be replaced in the Chamber with an elected speaker.

It came after then-Senator Sir Philip Bailhache successfully argued that the matter should be put to the public.

However, Members this week overturned that decision, arguing that deciding who presides over States sittings should be a matter for the Assembly and that the public appetite for a referendum on the issue was minimal.

Richard Heath

By Richard Heath
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