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Are There Meeting Room Facilities I Can Use?

There has always been a chronic lack of facilities for States Members. There are clear political reasons for this – Deputies want to be seen not to be wasting the public’s money on themselves, whether that’s on wages, a dedicated parliamentary building or offices, or even research assistants.

But let’s be clear, that motivation isn’t half as noble as it sounds – the politicians who are able to push that narrative are independently wealthy, able to provide themselves with the resources to do the job well without public funding. Many Deputies and potential candidates from ordinary backgrounds are disadvantaged by this public performance of ‘wearing a hair shirt’, and it entrenches a political elitism which is not healthy for the Island in general.

So, no. As a Deputy, you won’t have a ‘constituency office’, or a fixed base from which you can meet with concerned Islanders, unless you’re able to provide one for yourself. You are entitled to book meeting rooms in public sector buildings – although I don’t know whether that policy will change with the fall-out from Covid. It is well worth doing that, rather than meeting people in cafes and public spaces – it gives you greater privacy to have the difficult conversations you may need to have, while also being surrounded by people.

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: 

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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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