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  • Parish St Peter Port
  • Experience New Candidate
  • Party The Guernsey Partnership of Independents
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Personal Statement

I’m Tina Bury, I’m 36, a single mum, hard-working professional and an energetic community volunteer. I’m passionate about equality, inclusivity and seeing Guernsey led by a representative government. This is an application to work for you, the voter, so I will focus on the skills and traits I possess to do the job well. You’ve got a lot of manifestos to read, so let’s jump right in

Volunteering in the community

  • Guernsey Voluntary Service – Meals on Wheels
  • Liberate – Pride organising committee
  • Women in Public Life – committee member
  • Women’s Refuge – night shift volunteer 2012-2019
  • Holy Trinity Church Christmas Lunch 2019

Manifesto

My passion

I feel that there are too few Deputies who represent us – hard-working families who just about get by but worry about the impact a burst pipe, a trip to A&E or an unplanned bill can have on our quality of life. I value integrity, honesty and strong, open leadership and I want to be the representative for those who, like me, have had their trust in Government worn away by recent in-fighting, bullying and political U-turns.

In the past I’ve felt under-represented, frustrated by and disengaged from politics; by standing for election I aim to give people like me a voice and a champion.

Community

I’m the sort of person who stands up for what I believe in and I encourage and support others to do the same where they can. I recognise not everyone shares my confidence or has the same opportunities I do, so I proudly speak up for those who struggle to do so.

Despite a busy home and work life, it’s important to me to contribute to the well-being of our community through voluntary work, some of which is listed above. Volunteering broadens my view of life and inspires me to do more to help others.

My character

My friends and family know me as hard-working, energetic, driven and an ‘asker of questions’. I proudly describe myself as a challenger, someone unafraid to have difficult conversations, but only if it will lead to a better outcome. I don’t like questioning for questioning’s sake. I’m curious, keen to learn new things and love an opportunity to test my mettle.

I challenge myself regularly by running in slightly obscure long-distance events. I have raced 22 miles cross-country against horses. I have completed a 100km ultra-marathon in 21 hours with very little sleep. These challenges require grit, resilience and discipline; traits I believe are well-suited to the role of Deputy.

The skills I use every day in my role as an event manager at Specsavers are also integral to the position of Deputy. To take an event for 2,000 people from an idea to a live experience needs excellent communication skills, the ability to keep everyone on board and stay cool under pressure, plus meticulous attention to detail. Savvy budget-management and a sense of humour are also vital.

What you get if you vote for me

This is your first opportunity to select your ideal team from across the Island, from all backgrounds and experiences. I believe it’s crucial that you vote for those that represent and understand you; we need to ensure all members of the community are heard and supported in our States.

I can’t promise you that I alone can bring about change. However, I can promise that I will use my communication skills to build constructive working relationships with my colleagues. I will not tolerate bullying or in-fighting and will act with honesty and integrity. Constructive relationships lead to healthy discussions and good decision-making.

I will not support flip-flopping; Guernsey needs to move forward together, not keep looking over its shoulder. States members are there to make the tough decisions and they must be brave enough to make and stick to them.

If elected, I will work to implement our long-overdue equality laws; protect and support the most disadvantaged members of our community; deliver our chosen secondary education model swiftly, with the welfare and education of our children as the top priorities; and provide affordable healthcare for all.

I will fully inform myself using evidence and expert opinions, by listening to my colleagues in the States and, most importantly, to you, the voters, before making a decision. I am open-minded enough to alter my point of view if it’s for the good of the whole community. This is not about me, it’s about us.

The final word

I believe that our Island is best served if we care for everyone with equal amounts of compassion and humanity and support them equitably. I want to be part of a government that my young daughter and her peers can feel proud of; I want them to clearly see that the States is improving opportunities and quality of life for everyone, particularly as we recover from the pandemic. Until everyone is included, I don’t believe Guernsey can say it’s truly at its best.

I will make myself as available as I can during campaigning, I really want to meet as many people as possible and find out what matters to you. Please contact me for a chat if there’s a specific issue you’d like to talk about.

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/am involved in several committees for: Liberate, Women in Public Life and was chair of the Community, Sports and Social committee for Specsavers (a team of 15 reporting to our Senior Executive Committee), my current employer, for two years. I'm a strong leader; I listen, encourage but can also direct. As a committee member I am a valuable asset, I am action oriented, reliable, hard working and efficient. I like ideas but I also need substance and practicality.

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?

I will be interested in island wide issues including those in my parish.

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

Under the current regulations yes, if protections could be put in place this would mitigate some of those concerns.

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 have purposely made no promises in my manifesto as I think this would be unwise. As one person in a group of 38 I cannot promise any one change, but I can promise to adhere to my values and to create good working relationships in order to bring about positive change.

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

We cannot afford to think that our actions don't make a difference, we all need to take responsibility to tackle climate change and honour our home and its natural beauty.

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

Integrity, transparency, willingness to listen, strength, empathy, compassion.

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

I believe we should have shared maternity leave and work to embed this culturally, to improve gender equality in the workplace and family values. Fathers are too often seen as the second care-giver and this is in part down to the system of maternity leave allocation.

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?

A more diverse government, with a variety of ideology, backgrounds, age and skills.

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 agree but I also think we need to make sure we consider exceptional circumstances and not to disadvantage those with mobility limitations. Incentives may be worthwhile in the first instance and practical alternatives are required if we really want people to embrace this.

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

I would support funding for the Strategy for Nature and ask that it be threaded through all decision making.

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

Yes

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?

Listen to expert advice and refer to the Strategy for Nature to inform my decisions.

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?

I think having a States own airline is essential, the administration of Flybe brought that home to me, however from the evidence I have seen, the running of Aurigny needs to be addressed.

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

This will be mid-high priority for me.

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 know that, sadly. I will do all that I can to ensure all families are treated equally, whether that is addressing specific laws or under the overall anti-discrimination legislation.

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?

To contribute to and encourage a more diverse, efficient and cohesive government.

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.

I'd say they are pretty good; I'm one of the only people I know that has a very good relationship with my ex-partner for the benefit of our shared child. I don't shy away from a difficult conversation if it needs to be had to reach a better outcome. Open communication, conducted in a measured and mature way is what I'd like to see and would demonstrate.

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?

The use of buildings definitely needs to be looked at. I believe that more collaborative working between committees would go some way to help achieve better outcomes in areas such as this.

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

I would need to see the full evidence first but I probably would support this.

Question for New Candidates: During the COVID-19 lockdown States Meetings were held virtually. On 24th of June Meetings resumed in the Royal Court Chamber. As a prospective States Member have you spent any time at all in the public gallery observing our Parliament (potentially your future workplace) in action? If not, why not?

Yes I have sat in the public gallery a couple of times, not as often as I'd have liked as I am usually at work during States meetings. It was a valuable exercise and I'd recommend it to anyone. I think we should have school trips to the public gallery to engage our youngsters early on....although it might put them off more than encourage them. One of the best pieces of advice I was given around the experience was to remember that the Chamber isn't where the majority of the work happens despite it being the most visible and headline grabbing.

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 was disappointed to learn recently that our overseas aid contributions are well below the average for comparable jurisdictions, for a relatively affluent community this doesn't sit well.

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 think we should at least decriminalise possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use. If we can regulate then I would most likely support legalisation.

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?

I would want to really get to grips with the reasons as to why such delays occur by questioning and researching and then see how the issues can be tackled. With the current system I'd say that the States need to be held to account collectively as it seems P&R can control commitments made by other committees through the access to funding.

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?

I would want to really get to grips with the reasons as to why the delay has occurred by questioning and researching. Then I'd be able to see how the issues can be tackled.

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

Something definitely needs to be done. I experience the noise on a daily (and nightly!) basis, it's unnecessary and excessive. I'd need to research the ins and outs of why it isn't currently being addressed but it's certainly something I would support trying to reduce.

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?

The more I learn about this the more it seems a high priority. I would want to really get to grips with the reasons as to why the delay has occurred by questioning and researching and then see how the delay can be tackled.

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?

I am fully committed to this. The fact that two of the driving forces behind this work, Michelle Le Clerc and Emilie McSwiggan, are not standing for re-election, was one of the factors that encouraged me to stand; to hopefully ensure that there are people still behind this, in the States.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Expert opinion, evidence, needs of the most disadvantaged, practicality, community opinion, impact on the environment.

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 believe that a person should have the right to choose to end their life if suffering a terminal illness. I have seen death by terminal illness first hand and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I also believe that the circumstances of abortion are so varied and nuanced that more choice for the pregnant person is a positive. Both are emotive subjects and have valid arguments on each side, neither are without difficulty, but ultimately I believe in offering choice to those in an already difficult situation, not limiting it.

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 think we need to review our tourism strategy and capitalise on nature and culture tourism more, by creating visitor attractions that play to these Guernsey strengths.

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

"implement revive and thrive as a priority* - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - sort out the schools - driving Guernsey’s economy - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - focus on air and sea links - extend the runway - reduce states expenditure - open our closed borders as a priority. * I feel like this broadly covers many of my top priorities so I have placed this first based on that."

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

I wouldn't say they are achievements but I have contributed to Guernsey's community through various volunteer roles such as Meals on Wheels delivery, Liberate/Pride committee, several years of night shifts at the Women's Refuge, volunteering at the Holy Trinity Church Christmas lunch and encouraged gender equality in public roles through my work with Women in Public Life.

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

As a new candidate this is tricky to answer as I don't have the full information to assess the spending accurately, I wouldn't like to make a statement without being fully informed.

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

From the evidence I have seen, GST hits the lowest earners hardest and that doesn't align with my values.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

I don't have a religious faith so it won't. I respect others' rights to a religious belief however I do not think it should influence law-making as the law is for everyone and religion is not.

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 think it's possible to support both.

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 didn't but after a quick google I have a rough idea. They sound like a great idea for plugging skills gaps but I'd need to know more before I could commit to enthusiastically demanding them. Thank you for bringing them to my attention, I will definitely look to learn more about them and how they could work for Guernsey.

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?

I think we need to make it easier for start up businesses and sole traders through practical and financial support.

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?

I will push for mental health provisions to be a high priority and look at ways committees can work collaboratively to achieve better services.

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.

Public consultation is important in these sorts of issues, however if we can achieve a diverse government, that goes some way to ensuring varied points of views are heard. Perhaps more referendums should be considered.

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 don't favour any particular model. I will look to the review to see which model demonstrates best: pupil welfare, educational outcomes, inclusivity and equal access to curriculum and enrichment activities.

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