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In brief…

The States of Deliberation is made up of 38 Guernsey Deputies, plus two representatives from Alderney.

It is Guernsey’s government and parliament where decisions are made about how the island is run.

There is no official job description for a People’s Deputy – each States member is free to interpret the role as they see fit.

Generally speaking, there are three main parts to the role:

States meetings: A Deputy attends meetings of the States of Deliberation to debate and vote on the way the island is run and the laws we all obey.

Committee work: At the beginning of the States term, Deputies are elected by their colleagues onto committees that focus on a particular part of government.

Constituents cases: Members of the public can ask a Deputy to help to resolve individual issues.

Until 2016, States members were elected by the people who were registered to vote in a specific district but from 2020 Deputies will be elected by the whole of the electorate on an island-wide basis.

There are no two ways about it, there is very little admin support. Unlike MPs, you will not have an office or any staff. You will arrange your own diary, answer your own calls, do your own research.

For some Deputies, being a States member is a part-time role. For others it is full-time or more. However, outside of scheduled meetings, the workload is flexible.

A Deputy is elected for four years. At the end of the term they can leave the States or stand for re-election.

The basic salary for a deputy is currently £40,521.

You will be public property – the media will write about you, constituents may call you at home at all hours and you will be discussed on social media. You’ll need a thick skin. Your family members may also be affected.

But you will be using your skills and experience to make your island a better place for everyone.

There’s more…

To read about the role of Deputy in much more detail, click the ‘download info as pdf’ button below. Or change over to a laptop or tablet, especially if you want to see more interviews with current Deputies.

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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: data.ipu.org) 

Are you from South Africa? Please email hello@womeninpubliclife.gg 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. 

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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: data.ipu.org) 

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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