Government confirms that Prison Governor resigned

WEEKS of speculation regarding the future of the governor of La Moye Prison has been ended by confirmation that Nick Cameron has resigned from the post for ‘personal reasons’.

Nick Cameron (28999658)
Nick Cameron (28999658)

After taking on the role at La Moye in August 2018, Mr Cameron’s position recently became the subject of rumours on social media and among States Members.

The government repeatedly refused to confirm whether the governor remained in charge, with ministers questioned in the States Assembly but declining to discuss what they described as ‘personnel matters’.

A freedom of information request has resulted in the publication of emails showing clashes between Mr Cameron and the director general of the Justice and Home Affairs department, Julian Blazeby.

Mr Cameron was dissatisfied with the availability of personal protective equipment for prisoners and staff and is believed to have disagreed with Mr Blazeby about whether the prison should move into full lockdown as a result of risks relating to Covid-19.

A government spokesperson said: ‘Mr Cameron has introduced many initiatives that focused on improving the welfare and support to prisoners and their families, and at the same time refocused the work of the prison on rehabilitation and reducing reoffending. He has now taken the personal decision to leave his post and return to the UK by the end of the year.’

Home Affairs Minister Len Norman, who has responsibility for the Prison Service, added: ‘I would like to thank Nick for his service to the prison and commitment to the prisoners at HMP La Moye. He has placed the welfare of prisoners at the heart of the operation of the prison, ensuring that individuals can learn, work and rehabilitate more successfully before re-entering our community.’

Mr Cameron described his decision as a difficult one and not one that he had taken lightly, but said he felt it was the right move for his family and himself.

‘I would like to thank everyone who works with the Prison Service, including our partners in the police, Customs, the courts and Probation Service,’ he said. ‘Additionally, I wish all the many dedicated staff at La Moye well.’

The government said that no further comment about Mr Cameron’s resignation would be made.

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