Deputy Andrew Lewis censured by the States

Deputy Andrew Lewis has been censured by the States, after breaking the Assembly's code of conduct.

It follows accusations he had lied to the States while he was Home Affairs Minister in 2008, and later to the Jersey Care Inquiry.

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Deputy Andrew Lewis: 'I acted with integrity and impartiality'

Deputy Andrew Lewis said he acted with "integrity and impartiality" when a Police Chief linked to the Inquiry into child abuse was suspended in 2008.

Deputy Lewis faces allegations that he lied to the States and the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry over the incident.

Today a hearing took place looking into whether he breached the States Code of Conduct.

In a statement, he apologised to "any elected members who felt mislead during the in-camera debate".

I thank the PPC for giving me the opportunity to present my case to them today. I do not believe that I breached the Code of Conduct for Elected Members and I hope PPC will find that to be the case.

While I had no intention to mislead the States on 2nd December 2008, I unequivocally apologise to any elected members who felt mislead during the in-camera debate, and I have since endeavoured to clarify the record.

My actions in 2008 were based entirely upon evidence placed before me.

I acted with integrity and impartiality remaining within the remit of the disciplinary code and the rule of law.

I exercised my judgement as a Minister after taking full and proper legal and HR advice from officers and with the full support of the then Chief Minster and the Council of Ministers.

– Deputy Andrew Lewis

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