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Applause for maiden speeches


A Deputy’s first ever speech in the Assembly is their ‘maiden’ speech and traditionally greeted with applause.


Deputy Sasha Kazantseva-Miller made her maiden speech in the Budget debate on 15th December 2020, calling for bold moves and risk taking to promote Guernsey’s economy. Guernsey Press report.

Deputy Tina Bury focused on children in poverty, helping to force Deputy Dyke to withdraw an amendment that would have reduced the benefit limitation for large families. Guernsey Press report.

In her maiden speech, Deputy Sue Aldwell used a specific example from her tenure as Constable of Torteval to highlight the unfair impact on pensioners of Guernsey’s new waste management charges.



To listen to Tina, Sasha and Sue go to Click on ‘Watch the States Meeting online’, then choose the appropriate session. If you don’t have the Teams app, click ‘Watch on the web instead’, then ‘Join anonymously’.

Sasha is at 16.55 in the Wednesday morning session.
Tina is at 35.55 in the Wednesday afternoon session.
Sue is at 1:36:45 in the Thursday morning session.



Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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