Alliance Party, Guernsey, is the first to register

THE Alliance Party, Guernsey, has applied to become the first registered political party in the island.

Alliance Party, Guernsey, founder Barry Weir.
Alliance Party, Guernsey, founder Barry Weir.

It also now says it has around a dozen candidates looking to stand under its banner and is keen to hear from more.

Party leader Barry Weir submitted its registration at the Greffe on Tuesday, which has yet to be verified, and believes it represents the start of a new, positive chapter for Guernsey.

‘We’re delighted with the positive response so far and the number of people interested in standing for the party is now in double figures. That’s a fantastic start for a party that’s come from nowhere.

‘We’ll help anyone who wants to become a deputy with advice, support and training.

The Alliance Party, Guernsey, has formed a board and helped to develop a list of 10 key priorities based on its consultation with interested groups.

Mr Weir said the party was particularly keen to hear from people working on the ‘front line’ such as nurses, police, teachers and business owners.

‘We believe that policy should be made from the grassroots up rather than foisted on people from above,’ he said.

‘The controversial new education system is a good example of this.

‘We’ve spoken to a number of people in education who aren’t happy about the new structure but don’t feel they were properly consulted. The new education system is an area that we will be asking to be fully reviewed.’

Its website says the party supports retaining the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre and a four-school model.

‘Our policies have already evolved since we first set up as we consult with different groups and talk to the people of Guernsey to find out what they want and need.’

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