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Reform Deputy sacked as Assistant Minister

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REFORM Jersey Deputy Geoff Southern has been sacked as an Assistant Social Security Minister.

Deputy Geoff Southern

In a statement, Social Security Minister Judy Martin said she had asked the Deputy to resign after he proposed a vote of no confidence in the States Employment Board amid ongoing pay disputes with public sector staff.

She said that proposing such a vote of no confidence in the work of an 'integral part' of the government he was a part of as an Assistant Minister was unacceptable.

However, Deputy Southern refused to resign and was therefore dismissed.

The minister said: 'When Deputy Southern proposed a vote of no confidence in the States Employment Board I regretfully asked the Deputy to resign from his position as my Assistant Minister, as a vote of no confidence is a very serious matter.

'The Chief Minister has made a point of accepting a range of views in government, and has chosen not to operate under collective responsibility. However, in my view, it is not compatible to occupy the role of Assistant Minister in a government while also proposing a vote of no confidence in the work of an integral part of that government.

'As Deputy Southern has declined my request for his resignation, I have no other option but to dismiss him as my Assistant Minister. This is effective immediately.'

Lucy Stephenson

By Lucy Stephenson
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