Guernsey States turn their backs on ex-chief minister

GUERNSEY’S former chief minister Gavin St Pier – who finished top in the island’s recent general election – has failed to secure a place on any committee and is now a backbencher.

Deputy Gavin St Pier
Deputy Gavin St Pier

The Deputy – widely praised for the way led the island through the coronavirus pandemic – received 13,927 votes and secured a 57% share of the total poll. But he was ousted as chief minister last week after the newly formed Assembly elected long-serving Deputy Peter Ferbrache to the top job in Guernsey politics. And this week Deputy St Pier found himself repeatedly rejected by Members after putting himself forward for various committee roles.

In a tweet replying to an islander who said that the way the States were voting he would be surprised if Deputy St Pier was elected to manage the Assembly’s stationery cupboard, the politician said: ‘That much is clear. I’ve offered myself in three roles.

‘This Assembly has no immediate use for me. Times will change. Meantime will serve from the (non-existent) ‘‘backbenches’’ – holding others to account to deliver on their manifesto promises and to explain their deviations therefrom.’

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