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Statement re bullying allegations


28 November 2023

Statement from Women in Public Life

In response to speeches relating to bullying during the Motion of No Confidence debate in the States of Deliberation on 24 November 2023


We are deeply concerned by the allegations of bullying towards both deputies and civil servants made in the States on Friday.

Women in Public Life specifically inspires and supports the women of Guernsey to stand for public office but our concern applies equally to male candidates and States members, and all civil servants.

It appears that, by inspiring people to stand for the States, we may be encouraging them to take up employment in a workplace that could be detrimental to their wellbeing.

Deputy Gabriel described “table-thumping, aggression and machismo”. Deputy De Sausmarez spoke of a “viscerally aggressive tone and incivility”.

Our concern is compounded by the number of deputies who seemed to accept and downplay poor behaviour.

Today we have written to the CI Commissioner for Standards, Dr Melissa McCullough, to draw her attention to the debate. The Commissioner has the power to initiate an investigation.

We have a duty of care to those we encourage to stand so it is important for us, and for potential candidates, to know whether these allegations are true and, if so, what is being done to rectify the situation.

 It’s also important for Guernsey as a whole. Poor behaviour leads to poor decision making for the Bailiwick.

As we said at our event in June: ‘It doesn’t have to be this way’.


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.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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