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People's Meeting: We don't want resignations

Posted Mon 20th May 2013 at 15:33

It was standing room only at Alderney's Island Hall on Wednesday as residents packed in to express their disapprobation over the disharmony that exisits between their States Members.

People flocked to the People's Meeting to learn more about the item in the Billet asking the States to remove Paul Arditti from the Policy Committee.

Resident Mike O'Gorman said: "We've seen the people we want to get in, and we don't want anyone to resign or be replaced. We want these people to all get their heads down and carry on and do your job." To applause he added: "We are furious about this."

People demanded to know more what the vote of no confidence was really about - with some branding the gap of public information 'unconstitutional'.

David Thornburrow insisted the public was legally entitled to be told the facts of the motion. "The Government of Alderney refers to people's meetings as being held for the purposes of informing those present of the business to be transacted in the States and giving any information desired by the people of Alderney," he quoted.

Convenor Matt Birmingham said he would not take comments from States Members present or elaborate himself on the no confidence vote that he backed.

One resident expressed the view that because members' election of a committee chairman was effectively a vote of confidence in them, they were entitled to remove them if that confidence waned.

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