Community group stands by code of conduct complaint

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THE Guernsey Community Foundation has stood by its decision to lodge a formal code of conduct complaint against three senior deputies.

In a statement released today, the foundation, which promotes effective philanthropy within the Bailiwick, said it was right to seek further clarification on comments allegedly made about Deputy Marc Leadbeater's ability to serve as a committee member because of his disabled son.

It felt it had enough evidence, in the form of a statement and an independent witness, to lay the complaint.

Both the foundation's and the Guernsey Disability Alliance's separate complaints against deputies Mary Lowe, Lyndon Trott and Paul Le Pelley were dismissed last week, after the States Members' Conduct Panel's chair Judy Beaugeard, said she was not satisfied that there was prima facie evidence to support them.

The foundation said it wanted to ensure that such discrimination did not exist in public office. 'We very much wished to address our concerns in private, writing to the president of Policy & Resources to ask that they seek clarification.

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