Dawn Angela Tindall

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  • Parish St Peter Port
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Personal Statement

If I am elected, I will continue to use the experience and knowledge I have gained both before and during the last term, especially through Covid-19, to help make evidence-based decisions whilst working as a team. By being conscientious and hard-working with a commitment to fairness, equality and respect, I will work tirelessly with fellow States Members, whatever their perspective, to get the best outcomes for the people of Guernsey.

  • Solicitor with extensive experience of the finance industry and Deputy 2016-2020
  • Determined, resilient and thorough
  • Focused on climate change and equal access to healthcare
  • Firm believer in equality for all - but initiatives must be financially sound
  • Promoting innovation and upskilling of the workforce as means to revitalise the economy



During the recent crisis the five of us on the Committee for Health and Social Care (HSC) were responsible for making the evidence-based decisions about the Covid-19 lockdown rules. Aided by the superb team led by Dr Nicola Brink, we worked tirelessly to make speedy decisions so they could be announced at the next press conference. I believe that those were good decisions because of the respect we had for each other, the excellence of the advice and the leadership of our President. But we were successful only because you all followed those directions for which we can never thank you enough.

We need to replicate that teamwork; both in the recovery of our economy and to deal with any return of restrictions. I believe, if re-elected, my experience of being on HSC and Economic Development means I will hit the ground running - at a time when speed is of the essence.

My professional experience means that I have considerable knowledge of the policies and law of the finance industry, the engine room of our economy. With that understanding, I consistently advocated for proportionate and appropriate regulation. As tourism representative on Economic Development, I sought sensible Population Management policies - not just for hospitality - but for our self-employed entrepreneurs and Bailiwick friends. I successfully amended the 2020 Budget to resolve the endless fight for a clear policy on the islands’ transport links - Aurigny must be given direction as to its purpose and where it fits into our off-Island transport strategy.

Supporting construction and retail while balancing the natural and built environment was also vital in my role on the D&PA; that support will be just as important in the post-Covid era. Climate change mitigation is essential and, during my Presidency, the D&PA upgraded the Building Regulations to ensure better energy efficiency in new homes and adopted the Strategy for Nature so all applications for planning permission respect the biodiversity of Guernsey.

I voted for the removal of the 11+ and for one school on two sites as I believed that was right for the next generation at the most realistic price. That said, any decision on the right education model should await the current review.

I only support initiatives that require funding if they result in financially sound outcomes. Getting the next stage of the Discrimination Ordinance approved was a long time coming but I am proud to have supported a further step towards the removal of the barriers that still exist. I promoted flexible working through good practice and equal pay for work of equal value as I believe they both will increase productivity and tax-take.

Experience: President of the Development & Planning Authority (D&PA), Member of Committee for Health and Social Care (HSC), Member of Economic Development (2018-19).


Taxation must be fair, keep us competitive and be cost effective to administer - even more so now. We live in a wealthy society whilst those in poverty are invisible. That wealth should work for the benefit of our community including those people in work yet just about managing. Corporate tax regime changes are overdue and need to be introduced. I will consider supporting GST but only if there are sensible increases in the personal allowance and the admin does not overburden our businesses. We need to promote the upskilling of our workforce and the advances in the digital workplace as more will need to find stable, long-term employment in this changing economy.

With my usual persistence and determination, I will continue to fight for effective and practical policies to mitigate Climate Change as quickly as possible: I will promote equal access to healthcare and support for older people and vulnerable groups through improving community care. We must fulfil our promise to our young people by rolling out the improvements to our education system. We need a justice review which considers both social and criminal justice with proportionate sentences and appropriate interventions. We need to review the population management regime to ensure the people with the right skills are welcome and remain welcome. The work done to support affordable and quality homes for rent or to buy has to be completed urgently so we can reward key workers.

With my legal brain, my compassionate heart and my hardworking soul, I believe I am the right person to be elected as People’s Deputy for Guernsey and ask for your vote - we got through the first wave by caring for others, let’s get through the next and the economic recovery - together.

Answers to questions proposed by the public:

Most of the detailed work of the States is done in committees, like the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure. What experience do you have of being on a committee and how did you contribute?

I have been on several committees - Development & Planning Authority (D&PA), the Committee for Health & Social Care (HSC)(2018-2020), Economic Development (ED) (2018 to 2019) Legislation Review Panel (LRP), Douzaine Liaison Group (DLG) (all 2016-2020) and Transport Licensing Authority (TLA) (2016 -2018) all of which have brought new experiences and greater knowledge of how to make a more valuable contribution. I joined HSC in January 2018 and immediately realised I joined a team which was well lead and focused. My analytical abilities added to the already diverse skills which meant that the committee was able to maintain a reasonable handle on the budget and ensure as many new preventative initiatives could progress. This teamwork made the Covid-19 decision making during lockdown through to Phase 5 (which HSC was responsible for) much more effective. This was because of the mutual respect and efficient communication we had together with the team of civil servants supporting us which resulted in a turnaround of Dr Brink’s advice into lockdown rules ready for Deputy St Pier and Deputy Soulsby to announce at the press conference usually the same day. The TLA was a quasi-judicial body which made decisions on the licensing for certain air routes which both helped me appreciate the open skies policy which was brought in during my time on ED and also the opportunities and the difficulties that will be faced by Mark Harrisson in respect of his excellent plans for electric and hydrogen powered planes - knowledge that I could use to help the project be a success if re-elected. Whilst I was the Committee for Economic Development, I encouraged a review to be undertaken of the marketing function of VisitGuernsey, Locate Guernsey and the Digital Greenhouse. I was tourism representative and sought greater collaboration between Alderney, Sark and Guernsey to promote the Island Hop (which is now called StayCation). The DLG has helped me to see the importance of stakeholder engagement especially with the Douzaine and the need to provide clear communication of States’ policies. I wrote, and obtained approval from the committee, of the D&PA Action Plan to ensure the 5 year review of the IDP included the concerns of the community. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 this was delayed and reprioritised. Whilst planning is an extremely challenging area of government to be involved in due to its complexity, its value towards balancing the economy, the environment and social needs of the community is not sufficiently acknowledged. By explaining the IDP and promoting public communication, a better understanding of planning policy and how it works has been achieved – something which is essential to enable any replacement policies to be identified. There is, however always still more to do.

With unemployment currently running at an all time high, what measures would you like in place to ensure local people are offered jobs before license holders ?

States of Guernsey has the buying power for many contracts and, whilst currently the procurement process promotes local companies being chosen, this needs to be enhanced through an understanding of the price pressures local companies have when working out the best contract. In Covid-19 times, we need to appreciate there will be more jobs in different sectors and we need to offer upskilling training courses which are accessible and free (or at least reasonably priced).

What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?

I would like to see a scheme to promote insulation by reducing the price for both the products and the service from local fitters. We need more cycle infrastructure such as cycle paths and cycle hoops whilst ensuring electric charging points. I would like to see the promotion of hydrogen and/or electric planes and ferries and, when available, electric buses. We need to continue with the planning policy which concentrates building of new homes in or near Town and the Bridge to reduce the need to drive to work or to the shops whilst applying the Strategy for Nature throughout Guernsey for all planning applications. The review of the Areas of Biodiversity Importance must continue at speed so that the new designations of such areas together with new Important Open Land can be implemented as soon as the next opportunity arises to include this in a planning inquiry.

I live in St Peter Port but have interests in the Vale, St Peters and Castel. Will you be looking at Island Wide issues or more so in your Parish of residence?

We live on a small Island and so everything which affects one area of the Island effects all areas. We have many issues such as Covid-19 and Brexit which needs collaboration not just on-island. We also have the opportunity to press ahead with enhancing the two harbours which will benefit all islanders whilst local issues such as hot spots for speeding or fly tipping will need to be addressed. Having been on the Douzaine Liaison Group during 2016 -2020, I believe there is plenty that can be done if the States works with a revitalised Douzaine. So whether a local issue or an island wide issue, I would give them the same attention.

Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?

I would be extremely concerned if any agricultural land within the Agriculture Priority Areas (APAs) which can be used for commercial agriculture and is part of 'contiguous area' of such land, no matter how small, was changed into private garden. This scenario is contrary to Policy GP15 so there would not be any cases approved. This is because if that land was able to be positively used for commercial agriculture then the Island Development Plan (IDP) does not allow the land to be changed to private gardens. The ability to allow land to be changed to private garden in the (APAs) where they cannot contribute to commercial agricultural use was included in the IDP because the land allocated to the APAs was twice as much needed by the farming community. As a result of the broad brush approach, areas of landlocked and unsuitable land which cannot be used for agricultural purposes was included. Rather than undertake an expensive and lengthy study identifying every area that was suitable for agriculture, a wider area than was both land usable for agriculture or land necessary for the industry was included. However, rather than continue with some land not usable for agriculture being used as private gardens, the IDP also gave the ability for these small pockets to be removed from the APAs provide it fits the limited criteria.

You will make many commitments as a politician, but how will you actually ensure these are achieved? If you have been a deputy before, what will you do differently this term to improve achievements?

I committed in 2016 to work hard, use my skills and knowledge to enhance the likelihood of policies I supported to get through the Assembly. On the whole I was successful with shaping policies behind the scenes and, if I was elected this term, I would continue with this approach. I will also exercise better judgement if elected in respect of my choice over P&R and the Committee Presidents and vote with more selectively for the people standing for those elections. The right people need to be elected from the outset to these Committees to set the tone for the speed and quality of the achievements of each committee throughout the term.

What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?

Guernsey has a great opportunity to be a leader in this field - as an exemplar by our actions, through our Green finance offering and by work through our Overseas Aid and Development Commission. I believe we should declare a Climate Emergency as nearby jurisdictions have done to show a determination to take action on this most important threat but the Assembly was not bold enough to do that. In any event, even if we do not make such a declaration regarding climate change, we need to press ahead with every step we can to bring net zero to our island as early as possible - but applying the principle of climate equity. I will support any Committee to seek to put into action anything that will bring net carbon emissions into reality.

What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?

Someone who has a collaborative approach and a full understanding of P&R’s mandate. Someone who chooses their team wisely and understands the rest of the committees’ mandates. This combination of skills will mean there is a likelihood of a greater number of speedy and effective decisions made.

If the independent Cost Benefit Analysis supports lengthening the airport runway, would you vote in favour of investing in this key element of island infrastructure?

A cost benefit analysis would need to consider all aspects of the argument including the effect of Covid-19 and climate change and, if it did, then it is highly likely I’d vote for it. There has been many reports and each indicate that there is a cost benefit to an extension of the runway but the exact length of that extension needs to be considered in greater detail. There are options which have not been fully investigated including using the land within the IDP Safeguarded Area which could be a reasonable cost with the benefits which residents and businesses seek.

Do you believe that diversification of the island's tax base is an important consideration for Guernsey in today's volatile and fast-moving global economy? If so, how can this specifically be achieved for Guernsey?

Diversification of the tax base is important to spread the load across the taxpayers of Guernsey and this should include a review of the corporate tax regime. I would consider the possibility of a goods and services tax (GST) but it must be combined with a suitable increase in the personal allowance, it applies to goods purchased online from off Island and it applies to only certain goods above a set price - so that it only bites for bigger purchases and will not hurt the average consumer or businesses who will need to administer it.

What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?

In Guernsey, the current parental benefits of allowances and grants payable to people having a baby or adopting a child through a registered adoption agency include - Parental allowance payable for up to 26 weeks to a parent who takes time off work to care for a child they have adopted - A maternity grant is a one-off payment made to pregnant women or new mums to help with the cost of having a baby - Maternal health allowance for the first two weeks immediately after the birth and then it becomes new born care allowance, which can be paid to either parent. Compared to elsewhere such as the UK, the benefits are a reasonable offer to parents but there can always be improvements. There have been several moves to assist young families including - the removal of Family Allowance from highly paid families and redistribution to reduce the cost of access to GPs by children -the approval of the Discrimination Ordinance to ensure employers and service providers must not discriminate against someone on the basis of pregnancy or maternity status -the Committee for Employment & Social Security was directed to return to the States with detailed proposals for the enactment of legislation to provide employees in Guernsey with a right to request flexible working. Whilst I am not a proponent of the introduction of legislation when the introduction of good practice can achieve the same, the above should enhance the lives of young families. Further protection may be needed but each must be considered in its merits but in principle, looking after employees brings rewards to employers and should be encouraged.

I believe Guernsey needs a vision; a forward-thinking concept for the future of the island’s infrastructure, community wellbeing and economy. What’s yours?

My vision would be: Guernsey acknowledges the interaction between the economy, the community wellbeing and infrastructure. The community’s wellbeing based on good mental and physical health through work and play relies on a buoyant economy and sustainable infrastructure. The economy of Guernsey needs to be rebooted through the provision of suitable infrastructure with an emphasis on the wellbeing of our community and add value to the economy by encouraging active travel and using renewable energy whilst providing off-island transport links which enhance our connectivity.

Do you agree that people should be encouraged to use cars less and if so what measures would you like to see introduced to achieve this?

I do believe we should all use our cars less not just to help the environment but also to help ourselves – walking or cycling is so much better for our health and wellbeing. The incentives should be a bus service which has more routes and preferably free to all users. This combined with accessible information on where the bus is that you are waiting for so that you don't have to wait at a bus stop any longer than necessary especially in the rain. Bus shelters should also be provided at the more of the most used stops. Cycle infrastructure should be provided by changing the layout of roads so that it is beneficial to all road users together with more cycle hoops and one way streets. We need to ensure all road users appreciate that they are not the only ones entitled to use the roads – that cyclists, pedestrians and drivers of vehicles are all subject to the Highway Code and should all show each other equal respect. If each of use our car one less day a week then we could all make a huge difference to the rest of those on the island and also to the planet.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Outsourcing is an option for all service providers and should be considered provided the basic principles apply - that the job will be done better and at less or equal cost whilst ensuring the necessary expertise is retained in the States to oversee the outsourced function. If the outsourced function is to be off-island, there should be a greater degree of analysis of its value ensuring it cannot be done on island to the standard required. If those principles are followed then I would support outsourcing.

What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?

I will continue to promote climate change mitigation policies explaining the need and the effects if we do not act - and act now. By word and by deed, I will do my utmost to promote awareness of what this inaction against climate change can do to all of us. I need to be an example of how each of us can make a contribution to this battle based on knowledge of the issues and the ways which small steps can make a difference.

Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?

To help solve environmental problems I think we need to consider all sorts of solutions but I do not think de-growth is one of them. We can grow by implementing sustainable growth such as funding green projects and enhancing our own renewable industries.

What intra island transport strategy would you support to ensure safe and ‘clean’ travel on island for all road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists? And how do you plan to deliver that plan financially?

I believe the following should be part of an intra island strategy - Improved bus service - increase in services both the number and routes and reduced fares preferably free - Improved cycle infrastructure - Consideration of new road infrastructure to reduce speeding such as raised tables and making certain road made one way - Increase education of young people to appreciate the benefits of being a considerate and safe road user - Improve enforcement of the Highway Code. The possible ways in which this could be paid for include a re-designed tax on petrol (as already being investigated), Increase in taxes of cars with greater CO2 emissions and larger vehicles which, because of their size, can cause other road users to fear for their safety.

What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?

I would support policies which reduced the reliance on the internal combustion engine – vehicles, boats and planes - and also gas and oil boilers in our houses. These would include promoting and supporting renewable energy both for heating and for movement of people. I believe that making it easier for people to move away from such engines is a better approach than taxing their use excessively. International global warming initiatives include the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals and each of these are extremely important to ensure they are embedded in our policy making at the earliest possibility.

What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?

The most important measure is to ensure that the Strategy for Nature has sufficient support and funding to fulfill its extremely important role. If I am lucky enough to be re-elected then I will also ensure that all planning application decisions proportionately apply the Strategy (including those for change if use into private gardens) to strengthen the Island Development Plan's emphasis on the environment. I would support the D&PA to ensure they complete the review of Areas of Biodiversity Importance so that further areas which require the extra protection that the IDP policy GP3 offers is extended to these ABIs. GP3 requires the biodiversity interest of the area to be protected and where possible enhanced and, through the Strategy for Nature and Net Biodiversity Gain, this should result in the biodiversity being more often than not enhanced.

The Guernsey Press had an article and a picture of a proposed East Coast development called HYDROPORT. It seemed to me to be a brilliant plan and included a new deep water harbour, a hydro electric supply by enclosing Belgrave bay and changes to St Peter port harbour to accommodate cruise liners and super yachts. It would provide jobs, produce an ongoing and substantial revenue stream and make us to some extent self-reliant on electricity, why has there been no update on this project?

The working group for the Seafront Enhancement Area (SEA) considered this idea and rejected it – this was before a representative from the D&PA officially became a member although the D&PA is responsible for bringing the policy letter for the St Peter Port Harbour Action Area to the Assembly. If I had been a member at the time when it was considered, I would have sought for this idea to have been progressed to a greater extent – or indeed any idea. Very little has been done by this P&R led initiative and that is the main reason the Assembly recently threw out P&R's grab to keep the work on the SEA to themselves and, instead, we approved the immediate setting up of a States' Committee no longer reliant on the oversight of P&R. The D&PA have already elected their representative for this term but, unfortunately, P&R have refused – so far – to convene even the first meeting. So they are still in the slow lane. If elected, I will seek the Committees to elect their members as soon as possible and get on with some work – including properly considering the Hydroport option.

Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?


Longue Hougue has been proposed as a site for inert waste disposal despite it being a site of international importance in terms of wildlife. La Societe Guernesiase and other scientists have advised against this. What will you do to ensure that this valuable habitat is protected?

Many of the issues which La Société Guernesiaise have identified have arisen from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) around Spur Point which was originally completed by Royal Haskoning and published in November 2019. As part of the planning inquiry, the Development & Planning Authority instruct consultants to peer review that EIA and, having heard the cogent arguments of La Societe Guernesiase at their open day at Spur Point, on the 2nd September I asked approval from my Committee to instruction the D&PA's consultants to urgently consult with La Societe Guernesiase in order to understand their concerns and to undertake any necessary work which that may entail at the earliest possibility. I felt that the public and the biodiversity of the area deserve this work to be done so we can take any necessary action whether or not the Longue Hougue plans go ahead …..or not.

Most scientists and experts agree that a target of 2050 to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions is nowhere near ambitious enough and will have catastrophic consequences around the world. What will you do to ensure that Guernsey takes action to significantly reduce carbon emissions during the next term?

Guernsey has a great opportunity to be a leader in this field - as an exemplar by our actions, through our Green finance offering and by work through our Overseas Aid and Development Commission. I believe we should declare a Climate Emergency as nearby jurisdictions have done to show a determination to take action on this most important threat but the Assembly was not bold enough to do that. In any event, even if we do not make such a declaration regarding climate change, we need to press ahead with every step we can to bring net zero to our island as early as possible - but applying the principle of climate equity. I will support any Committee to seek to put into action anything that will bring net carbon emissions into reality.

What is your view on current spending on Aurigny, is it worth how much we are paying? Is it run efficiently? Did we need new aircraft?

It is an extremely large sum of money that has been spent each year over the last few years to support Aurigny. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that we are indeed fortunate to have such an airline but, without a sensible and clear policy on air links, we are not able to provide, as shareholder of Aurigny's holding company, a clear direction to them to utilise their assets and offer the best value service. I, together with Deputy Laurie Queripel, laid a successful amendment to the 2020 Budget in November last year to get a framework which was sufficiently extended to cover infrastructure and the Bailiwick's economies to enable a better understanding of what we want from Aurigny and how much we are prepared to pay for it. Unfortunately, the review is yet to be published by P&R and, despite reminders, I am yet to hear when we will finally see it. As to whether the company is run efficiently, that is open to question but clearly with a new CEO and Chairman we hopefully will see a new approach which will shed light on this. As to new aircraft, I am particularly interested in the electric/hydrogen planes suggested by Mark Harrisson and the use of the Dorniers and believe that the States should seek to provide support where we can.

If elected, would you fully support the retention, repair and ongoing maintenance of the Sea Defences provided by the anti-tank wall at L’Ancresse Bay?

No - the anti-tank wall is just that - it is not a sea defence and the evidence shows that the wall will cause more problems than solve them.

A significant proportion of the concerns about the two college model of secondary education related to the capital costs and space standards: they could have been addressed with higher spending. Would you be prepared to spend more money on the future model of secondary education than previously agreed by the States in September 2019? If so, how much more?

The review into all of the options of the one school model being currently undertaken should give Deputies some, if not all, of the information to finally decide what the overall cost will be for the options to provide the best educational outcomes for the island's children. I believe giving children an excellent education is one of the most important services the States provides and if further funds are needed to provide solutions to people's concerns, within reason, then I certainly will consider the evidence and the costs. I cannot give a figure as we need to be cautious at this time but this should be considered, along with investment in the health of islanders, as a top priority.

With the general increase in costs of running the island and with various capital projects requiring funding; and with limitations on the amount that islanders can be taxed; do you think that it may be time to revisit the 0-10 tax scheme that created a big black hole in the island's finances?

I believe that during 2016 to 2020 was the right time to reconsider 0-10. Now that we have to recover from Covid-19 and we face the BREXIT era we need to consider tax changes to spread the load of the tax burden and to ensure a fairness which is not apparent in our current system.

If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?

It is over 15 years since the initial call for consumer protection to be introduced and Citizens Advice Guernsey, of which I was a Director for 5 years, campaigned for this important protection. Whilst there has been some work on drafting the consumer protection legislation, it is not finished and needs to be prioritised.

Did you know that same-sex families aren't treated equally when it comes to registering the birth of a child? What will you do to change that?

Yes I did – and whilst I think the change is extremely important, unfortunately, what would appear to be a simple change to the process to register a child's birth turned out to be complex. That said, I supported the work to make the change and will continue to strive to see this degrading way of treating certain parents removed.

Would you support a programme of privatisation of island utilities and other facilities such as Beau Sejour to help reduce record levels of borrowing resulting from the cost of Covid defences?

The levels of borrowing are of concern but only if we do not take the appropriate action to ensure the loans are able to be repaid. Rebooting our economy is a priority not just to balance the books but for the mental health and wellbeing of our islanders. Considering privatising such facilities as Beau Sejour is certainly a possibility although Beau Sejour is a new partner with HSC as part of our Partnership of Purpose and is not just a leisure centre. We must not lose the social benefits it offers if privatisation is considered.

Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?

Planning policies allow change of use especially in St Peter Port and the Bridge in the four Regeneration Areas. The office study, commissioned by the D&PA and Economic Development, will provide the baseline information to enable other changes to come through as already approved by the D&PA. The planning policies are flexible enough to respond provided other Committees bring forward their own policies to confirm what needs to change – one example if the Strategy for Nature approved by E&I and which the D&PA adopted and which applies across the Island for all planning applications. As for green field development, some areas of land in Town and the Bridge areas which are green fields can currently be built upon because the States decided in 2011 that brown fields should not be prioritised. Whilst the planning policies have to follow that States' direction, overall the emphasis is on brown field first. Even so preventing the possibility of even one more green field being lost should be considered by the next planning inquiry that is arranged.

What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?

I think this would be a very sensible step which would be beneficial from both a health and form an environmental perspective. I think this is also something which the States' vet, the Douzaine and, of course, the States should work together to achieve as then it could be done at a more reasonable cost.

I have one question for sitting Deputies and one for new candidates. Deputies:- what, in your mind, was your greatest political achievement in the last four years? New candidates:- What is your biggest political goal in the next four years?

My greatest political achievement was being part of the Committee for Health & Social Care making the decisions during the Covid-19 pandemic, including lockdown, up until Phase 5. Working with the team which included my 4 political colleagues, Dr Nicola Brink, the Comms team, Law Officers and civil servants, we worked all hours to get speedy decisions which, thankfully, were followed by everyone enabling us to get where we are today.

How good are your mediation and conciliation skills? The key to the islands well-being and progress is in working together to achieve the projects approved - to see sustainable, innovative solutions. Leadership in pulling the team together to move forward, rather than in circles.

As a lawyer, I have taken part in both formal and informal mediation in its many forms and in the role of mediator on occasion. I agree with the questioner that it is a vital skill to be able to listen to all the parties, understand the issues and encapsulate the problem into its contingent parts to get an outcome which is acceptable to all. It is a skill that is needed in all walks of life but especially as a Deputy. A mediator, however, must also be impartial which of course politicians are not. They are elected to express a view and so the skillset required by a Deputy is greater than that of a mediator as the art of persuasion is also required – and I believe this attribute can only be successful when there is also mutual respect.

Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?

The Population Management policies need to be reconsidered for both those in Open Market and those in Local Market. Those born here should have a Local Market which they can afford and which encourages them to stay and OM residents should be appreciated for what they bring to the island. The current PML policies achieve neither and needs to change as they contradict the principles on which those policies were originally based. However, it would be difficult to find a level of salary which would enable both LM and OM to benefit. I'd rather see changes to the policies such as the TRP limits to be re-instated to protect the Local Market and the ability to have more than one lodger and staying for more than five years in Open Market. The long awaited P&R review on the Population Management regime needs to be forward-thinking and, of course, published.

First time buyers are encouraged to buy new build developments taking up green space, while there are vast amounts of listed properties facing dereliction on the island - buildings ripe for restoration, renovation and to be lived in. Currently, people are put off as they are greeted with stringent and outdated views by The Planning and Heritage Department - it takes too much time and money so are immediately put off. What will you do to change the process for the better?

First time buyers are not encouraged at the moment to buy any home as they are so expensive whether or not on the few greenfield sites which have unfortunately been built upon - something which the States approved and which Planning must abide by until there is a change through a planning inquiry. There are many protected buildings on Guernsey which are indeed not looked after but this is not down to the outdated views but the costs and difficulties in ensuring the culture and heritage of Guernsey is appropriately protected. It is possible for the D&PA to give grants to owners of protected buildings to do up their homes but I do not think it is the right time to give money such homeowners unless it is to provide environmental improvements such as insulation and then such a grant should be offered to all homeowners. There is a new draft Ordinance the D&PA are looking at which will enable the States to make owners of derelict properties to prevent it being an eyesore but it does not go so far as to upgrade the property to make it available for a first time buyer.

Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?

I support the review that is to be undertaken by HSC and Home Affairs which will consider whether the current sentencing is fair and enforcement just. I believe that the effects of the sentencing currently handed down is disproportionate in some cases and we need to identify the correct changes to address this. We still need to ensure certain crimes are dealt with effectively to ensure people are protected from the unscrupulous. But I cannot yet say whether I support the law being changed to make cannabis legal for personal use until I have seen the review.

In 1945, the generosity of people outside Guernsey enabled the delivery of Red Cross parcels to the island on the SS Vega. What is your view on the statement that ‘charity begins at home but should not end there’? How can we best show our care for people in need in other parts of the world?

I agree with the statement that ‘charity begins at home but should not end there’. We can continue to do good work through the Overseas Aid and Development Commission which not only helps the people involved but the planet so Guernsey

Considering the mounting public pressure against the way our current justice system deals with cannabis offences, what is your stance on the legalisation and regulation of cannabis in Guernsey?

I support the review that is to be undertaken by HSC and Home Affairs which will consider whether the current sentencing is fair and enforcement just. I believe that the effects of the sentencing currently handed down is disproportionate in some cases and we need to identify the correct changes to address this. We still need to ensure certain crimes are dealt with effectively to ensure people are protected from the unscrupulous. But I cannot yet say whether I support the legalisation (or legal regulation) of cannabis legal for personal use until I have seen the review.

In a review last year into drugs and treatments and States debate in January, HSC acknowledged that the disparity between life changing NICE TA drugs available in Guernsey compared to the NHS had become too great to be justified, with nearly 4000 patients now on sub-optimal treatments. The Guernsey Health Reserve was identified as the funding source. HSC announced last week a delay of at least a year to the implementation of this policy. How do you propose to tackle the pace at which change takes place within the States? Should you be held accountable for delivering on commitments you make individually, as a committee or collectively as the States?

The pace of change will only be improved if the States takes a less risk averse approach. Policies need to be approved in lesser detail, worked up over time and then not reversed. The flip flop of government is not just a result of the prevarication of some members but also because the public have not been brought along with the policy proposals – communication needs to improve drastically and the trust of the public regained. This is incredibly difficult when you have insufficient funding for Communication work – the difference in having such Comms support could be seen during the Covid crisis when this extra emphasis on great communication worked incredibly well. We should all be accountable for our commitments: • individually through the election, questions from other Deputies or the public • committee accountability through reports to the States and votes of no confidence or censure • as a government – this is difficult as whilst collective responsibility is supposed to apply, there is no acceptance by States Members to adhering to a policy decision if they still do not like it – that has to change but it will only happen if each individual members believes in this and sticks to it – no reversals without new evidence. As for the specific States' commitment to the payment for NICE drugs and treatment, this was delayed by approximately 9 months or so primarily because of Covid-19 which any government, committee or individual could not have foreseen. The date for implementation will depend on the next States approving HSC's 2021 Budget request for the first year's roll-out (assuming it gets passed P&R’s scrutiny). If it does not then an amendment may be needed to ensure it is included in the overall 2021 States' Budget. Given its importance, I am sure that, when compared to other Budget requests, it will be approved.

What ideas do you have to ensure there is affordable housing including support for first time buyers and ensure affordable rental property is available for locals so they can continue to live here? What is your stance on mortgage tax relief and shared ownership initiatives?

The Housing Strategy is being designed to contain many ideas for affordable homes both in the rented sector and for first time buyers but it is taking far too long to bring forward. The Island Development Plan brought in a quota of affordable homes for large developments to ensure landowners contributed to this cost of the States but the change to the threshold by the current States means none have so far been built. Mortgage tax relief is being withdrawn and there are few shared ownership initiatives and still no support for first time buyers. There needs to be an urgency to bring these initiatives forward to ensure affordable housing which is climate friendly is provided for first time buyers and for key workers. We need partial ownership schemes and first time buyer deposit schemes together with a reduction in the threshold for affordable housing quotas for developments. Whilst all of these projects are in the pipeline, I will seek to ensure these are given the prominence they deserve as we must not lose the home grown talent which the cost of housing in Guernsey causes.

Earlier this year, the States passed the introduction of life-saving and life-changing NICE-Approved drugs & medicines by a massive 32-1 vote; these drugs are readily available under the NHS and SHS in the UK. HSC have now announced that the implementation of this is now to be delayed by a year or so. Out of all projects the States have on their list - this has to be THE single most important one because it will affect up to 4,000+ residents of our island. How do you intend to bring forward the delay of this incredibly important topic to a much quicker implementation date?

Many people will benefit from the first year's roll-out of the NICE TA drugs and treatments – not just the 4000+ - but also those who receive other treatments because of the service improvements included. The date for implementation will depend on the next States approving HSC's 2021 Budget request for the first year's roll-out (assuming it gets passed P&R). If it does not then an amendment may be needed to ensure it is included in the overall 2021 States' Budget. Given its importance, I am sure that, when compared to other Budget requests, it will be approved.

What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?

Noise pollution from vehicles needs to be dealt with all over the Island whether the vehicles are speeding or not. The draft legislation approved by the States once enacted will need to be properly enforced. This should be by way of joint working between Environmental Health and the Police. Both need to be encouraged to work closer together with a better understanding of the data collected by each of them so there is effective enforcement. Also, publicity of the introduction of the new vehicle checks – although unfortunately delayed - need to make it clear what is and isn't allowed and what vehicles will not be able to get away with so making drivers more aware of their anti-social behaviour and the penalties for it. That publicity also needs to be in schools so that young people know the effect of their vehicles have on others and why. The same applies for speeding vehicles – this is a real issue on Guernsey and the only way this will be stopped is to make sure there is an acceptance of the accuracy of the data collected i.e. that speeding occurs at 60mph or more all times of the day and that therefore there is a problem and then we can implement effective education and enforcement.

In January 2020 the States passed a policy to make all NICE TA drugs and treatments available to Islanders. Do you see this as a priority and if so how would you expedite implementation?

As for the specific States' commitment to the payment for NICE drugs and treatment, this was delayed by approximately 9 months or so primarily because of Covid-19 which any government, committee or individual could not have foreseen. The date for implementation will depend on the next States approving HSC's 2021 Budget request for the first year's roll-out (assuming it gets passed P&R’s scrutiny). If it does not then an amendment may be needed to ensure it is included in the overall 2021 States' Budget. Given its importance, I am sure that, when compared to other Budget requests, it will be approved.

The recent Frontier report on the runway extension summed up that "the economic benefits of extending the runway are likely to outweigh the costs" with net benefits over 40 years of up to £687m (over £20k per household). Post COVID, do you support continued investigation into the potential for a runway extension to improve Guernsey's infrastructure, air links, and sustain the visitor economy?

Yes but, unlike the instructions given to Frontier for their report, it must include an extension of the runway within the Island Development Plan Safeguarded Area . This is still a valid option and I will continue to call for this to be considered despite the numerous times I've been told it is not an option by those who say they know better.

Have you been made aware that every report that the SOG has commissioned for 20 years has flagged the need to extend the runway to circa 1700m+ and the commercial benefits it will bring for the island as a whole?

Not every report has flagged the need - some have identified a cost benefit of doing so but not necessarily to 1700m+. There are other more cost effective and feasible options which could be done quicker and within the Island Development Plan's Safeguarded Area. Despite numerous comments to this effect whilst on Economic Development and afterwards, unfortunately, it is only now when this option is beginning to be taken seriously.

Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?

As a member of both the Royal Commonwealth Society (previously the Treasurer of the Guernsey branch) and, as a politician, I am automatically a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, I am very willing to work with any Commonwealth country to further strengthen Guernsey's role in this world and by extension its economy.

The current states assembly has approved proposals for a Discrimination Ordinance, but much work needs to be done. How committed are you to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, people with disabilities and people of faith are protected on this island?

Absolutely committed - we need to ensure everyone is treated equally

What criteria do you use for decision making?

I identify the question on which I am asked to make a decision, I identify its purpose, I review the evidence, identify gaps in that evidence, ask questions of the experts, listen to others and then form my view using the following criteria, in no particular order, does it achieve its purpose? At what cost? What do stakeholders think? Are there any savings? What risks are there to making the decision? How easy would it be to change track if there were issues (its ability to be flexible)? Does it fit the policies of the States or the law under which the decision is being made? I only make a decision if I have sufficient information to do so or their is an urgent need not to wait - adding any provisos as necessary.

In the last two years two pieces of legislation have come to the States which specifically target the most vulnerable members of our society - euthanasia and abortion - where a person’s fundamental and basic right to life is overridden in the name of lesser rights. Do you believe that disposing of a person’s life is a sign of progress? Do you believe that failing to protect human life at any age or stage of development is the mark of a civilised and enlightened and caring society?

I do not agree with the questioner and their assumptions. In particular, their belief that a person's right to life is being overridden by giving them having the ability to end it in certain circumstances. Also, the Commission has said in respect of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights in X v. the United Kingdom and H. v. Norway, that "It follows from this recapitulation of the case-law that in the circumstances examined to date by the Convention institutions – that is, in the various laws on abortion – the unborn child is not regarded as a “person” directly protected by Article 2 of the Convention and that if the unborn do have a “right” to “life”, it is implicitly limited by the mother’s rights and interests." Progress is following such Human Rights Conventions.

It is beyond time to invest in our people, infrastructure and public services. Do you plan to make the island's tax system more fair and progressive, so that more businesses and the wealthy pay a fairer share?

The island's tax system needs to be reviewed - especially zero-10 - and be made more progressive, fairer, transparent and diverse.

In light of covid-19 and the hit that the tourist industry has taken what plans (if any) would you try to put in place to make Guernsey more attractive to tourists after travel bans are lifted? And do you feel tourism should play a more crucial role in Guernsey? If not, why?

I believe tourism is an essential part of Guernsey and the Bailiwick's economy as good air and sea links for tourism benefit residents and businesses and increase GDP. We need to encourage visitor attractions and visitor accommodation to be improved to the standard modern travellers seek at reasonable prices so we get people here so we can share the wonderful place we live with them. I do believe we should also encourage locals and IOM to stay once more in Alderney and Guernsey for their holidays so that their spend stays in the coffers.

Please list in order of importance: - driving Guernsey’s economy - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - sort out the schools - focus on air and sea links - extend the runway - implement revive and thrive as a priority - open our closed borders as a priority - reduce states expenditure

Please list in order of importance: - driving Guernsey’s economy - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - sort out the schools - reduce states expenditure - focus on air and sea links - extend the runway - open our closed borders as a priority - implement revive and thrive as a priority

List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.

There are many achievements which start small but bud by joint working into a successful benefit to Guernsey - Many of my successes are made behind the scenes and are not just by my work in isolation. My main achievement is being able to work as part of team including and where necessary such as on the D&PA being able to lead the policy agenda. Below are few of my achievements this term which I feel have been a benefit to Guernsey but there are many others (some more in my manifesto online) where I have collaborated with others and through hard work, attention to detail and joint working, they have been of benefit. HSC - part of the team who led on rollout of the lockdown rules during the Covid-19 pandemic and dealt with the introduction of the Partnership of Purpose to ensure a more accessible, quality health care system, including reducing the GP fees for children. Economic Development - continuing the call for a longer runway which has all the benefits and less costs using the Island Development Plan Safeguarded Area, coordinating cross Bailiwick political support for the Island Hop (currently called Staycation), a review of the marketing function of VisitGuernsey, Locate Guernsey and Digital Greenhouse to align them . D&PA - leading on the adoption of the Strategy for Nature to enable all planning applications to enhance biodiversity of the development site, promoting an International Eden Project (aka the Nature Centre) and directing the Spur Point EIA peer reviewers commissioned by the D&PA to urgently consult La Société Guernesiaise. Pushing for funding for the Development Frameworks of Leale’s Yard (paving the way for a planning application) and other Regeneration Areas in St Peter Port. Promoting the right for objectors to get advice from Planning; consultation and information sharing including public presentations and meeting Douzaine, Festung Guernsey and other interest groups, the D&PA Action Plan to include all matters of concern raised by islanders (all actions of which were completed albeit the 5 year review unfortunately had to be postponed due to Covid-19), promoting the need for all Committees to involve the D&PA in matters relating to the built environment to ensure joined up government. In the States - highlighting the need for the built and natural environment to be considered in the Revive & Thrive Action Plans, review of air links to be widened to include all aspects including the infrastructure to identify Aurigny’s role; ensuring third parties, including the Law Officers, follow States’ policies; highlighting the need for appropriate and proportionate regulation - including for the finance industry.

Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?

YES - having seen the way in which the current civil service operates I believe those costs can be reduced. To do so involves an increase in the use of digital, an improvement in data protection awareness, an increase in willingness to publish information and the fair implementation of equal work for equal pay. Personal information should only be given once to SoG and kept securely. Information which should be seen by the public should be made available so ensuring government is more transparent. Current remuneration rules mean the automatic increase in pay without assessment and that needs to change. As to the timescale, the digital should be rolled-out as soon as possible - work has been underway for several years and needs to be pushed through as a matter of urgency. An improved training programme should be provided in data protection and the provision of information by SoG more generally should be the norm. The outcome of the review of the civil service pay and therefore the introduction of equal pay for equal work has also been long awaited. This review needs to be considered by the States and an agreed realistic timetable identified as soon as possible – the nurses in particular have been waiting too long for this.

As we subsidise the airline, should Aurigny have a monopoly over all air routes to and from the Bailiwick, with a regulator to ensure fair pricing and a policy of not for profit?

An expensive way to achieve fair pricing which quasi-open skies, a longer runway and competition should bring when we have a Covid-free world (or rather when the vaccine is freely available)

What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?


Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?

Taxpayers money may be required to encourage the set up of new routes by way of incentive provided there is a return; subsidy for Aurigny - the amount and for what - will depend on the role we as shareholders of the holding company decide it plays and that will be identified once we have P&R's long awaited report on air links (as extended by my amendment) as agreed in November 2019.

What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?

I would love to be able to prove free care home accommodation to all who need it whether for nursing or residential care. However, we have to be practical and identify a means by which such accommodation can be provided whilst not being a burden on future generations of taxpayers. When the original scheme was set up, it was made clear that the funding would not cover the costs in the future and either the social security would have to rise or other means of funding the cost would need to be found. I personally believe that we need to consider all options including charging a person whose home is vacant and could be sold to pay for their care. I do not believe it is fair that other taxpayers should have to pay for the person's care home fees so that that person's family can get cash from the sale of that house. The proceeds from the sale of the home should not all be used but a contribution should be made to their cost of accommodation but only once there are no family or dependents in the house and limited to say £35,000.

What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?

It must be looked at as we need to look at diversification of our tax base but I could only consider it if it has a corresponding increase in the personal tax allowance and also it is not a burden on the business who collect it.

Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?

Yes if the evidence is there to show that each structure should either be a Protected Monument or Protected Building - the D&PA have already contacted both the Channel Islands Occupation Society and Festung Guernsey to collaborate to get that evidence but to date we have not had a response. Also, if we wish to provide funding for their ongoing repair and maintenance it would need support from VisitGuernsey to bring in tourists and a longer runway (post Covid vaccine) and/or consideration of giving the D&PA funding so they can provide grants for such structures (under s36 of the 2005 Law for Protected buildings) or agree to an Ordinance for the same for Protected Monuments.

What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?

Sustainable development is the aim - digital infrastructure, energy efficiency projects and building key worker homes to name a few.

Do you believe that the rates of income support are a) too low b) about right or c) too high? Explain your answer in some detail.

The rates of income support are based on the basket of goods and that assessment is out of date so I cannot say for certain but it is most likely to be too low. However, the minimum wage is also too low as paying someone an income support top up whilst in work because their wage is insufficient to pay for the basket of goods is subsiding employers and needs to be addressed.

How will you support and encourage young people coming to the island with regards to housing and licencing to ensure the island has more stable tax base as the population ages?

I would prefer to encourage our own young people to stay on island by offering first time buyer opportunities but the current permit system under the Population Management Law enables many suitably qualified young people to come over without the TRP restrictions previously under the licence regime. However, key workers such as nurses and teachers coming to the island need decent affordable homes - whether rented or bought - and most importantly they need to feel welcome even if not born here.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

Not at all

Have you read the recommendations contained in the Frontier Economics Report in which they state that the long term benefits of extending the runway far outweigh the environmental and capital costs? If so, are you in favour of extending the runway?

I have read the report but again I am disappointed not only on the limited criteria it considers but that it does not include what is in my opinion and others the most effective extension of the runway. Each report has been commissioned by those who seek a 1740+ extension when a shorter extension is viable and one I've pushed for over several years since seeing the PWC report discussing this option in 2018 when on the Committee for Economic Development - see the Facebook discussion "Better Air and Sea Links for Guernsey" for more details.

What are your views on the cost of Primary Healthcare locally and what innovative ideas do you have that don’t simply involve ‘redirecting funding from a different states pot’ to create fair, equitable and affordable access to Primary Care for all islanders?

The cost of primary healthcare means accessing the GP when required is virtually unaffordable for those who have not got insurance or not eligible for free appointments as a benefit. HSC, ESS and ESC enabled Family Allowance of high earners to be redirected to reduce children's GP appointment to £25 but this is only a start. When on HSC, I put making free access to the GP as my main aim but it is complex and expensive and we introduced NICE TAs as a priority. I hope innovative ideas are forthcoming and thank you questioner for asking this as it may produce a great idea.

Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?

I support both provided palliative care is available to all who need it and assisted dying available only to those few with capacity suffering horrendous and incurable pain

Education - Do you know what T levels are and if you do, would you be enthusiastically demanding that they are available here in Guernsey?

I do and I have been enthusiastic about them but they require businesses to be able to offer the required training which make it difficult to rollout - I hope more work is done to enable such sensible and practical qualifications to be introduced

What will you do to help Guernsey businesses revive and thrive and make Guernsey a 'smarter' and technologically advanced place to do business, and to encourage new start up businesses?

Press for rollout of digital infrastructure, upskilling our workforce and encouraging everything to do with the marvelous Digital Greenhouse and the start-up work they do.

There is a lack of mental health support available - particularly to those who seem to fall into the apparent gap between the secondary and primary mental health services. What will you do to address this?

We on HSC have progressed Healthy Minds and the opening of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre - mental health support is essential and must be offered in a joined up way even more so with Covid-19 and I will make every effort to ensure the mental health service needed is the service provided.

How would you as a deputy ensure emotive proposals such as, change to abortion law or assisted dying law would be publicly debated? And allow Islanders to have more of a say in these emotive issues.

The important manner in which emotive subjects are publicly debated needs to be handled sensitively. It would be beneficial if Scrutiny had revisited their 2012 review of the way in which the States engage with the public, such review having been recommended to take place by mid-2014. We need to have guidance on how best to complete all forms of consultation ensuring the public is aware of the method and the outcomes expected from it.

What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?

I feel that the opportunity to debate the abortion issue was as full and effective as was possible given the extensive publicity despite the limitations of Covid, the time the proposals where in the public domain and the accessibility of all States Members by e-mail, letter and phone. I was on HSC and was tasked to read those e-mails sent to all States Members and also the letters we received and I responded to nearly all of them. They provided a great cross section of views - all of which clearly showed the very nature of the emotion of the debate - but being called a Nazi by some was despicable and unnecessary.

How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?

I see a quality secondary education system in appropriate buildings providing a wide curriculum giving power to teachers to run schools as they see fit if the States chooses and sticks with a model. The model will be one that is set out in the review and I do not wish to prejudge the outcome of that review. I also hope that we can get on to the rest of the education system - SEND, primary and tertiary as the people who would benefit form improvements there are suffering as well as secondary pupils because of this delay.

Recognising the importance of our natural environment and our hospitality industry how would you propose to move forward essential repairs and any development at St Peter Port harbour, securing access to our beaches (e.g. Petit Port, Divette, Soldiers bay), the maintenance of our cliff paths and the important access from the bathing places to the Clarence battery? Does this essential maintenance take priority over the development of the East Coast/Town seafront?

Maintenance is essential and a priority to any enhancement - we need to improve the capital allocation process to allow more funding for such accesses and paths for our residents and tourists when they return. Action at last on the SEA has now been approved by the States through a specific States Committee giving it more power to progress with wider consultation but it should not delay maintenance.

What are your views about the proposed way forward with regard to Probate, recognising that the age-old system has been efficient, pastoral, and inexpensive? Are you of the view "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

I did not vote for the proposals for the reasons given in the question.

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