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Guernsey Reform Group aims to reform States

17 May 10 12:11 GMT

A new pressure group in Guernsey hopes to make changes to the island's States at the next deputies election in 2012.

Anthony Hemans founded the Reform Group with the aim of getting deputies and potential deputies to sign up to a common manifesto on a number of points.

He said he was surprised there was so much interest in what they do and how they do it, but a lack of interest in taking action to change the system.

He said he believed it was time to stop talking and take action.

Mr Hemans said the plan was to get enough support to be able to field a number of candidates in the election, all signed up to key points in the group's manifesto which focuses on getting value for money for the taxpayer.

The group would like to see a reduction in the number of deputies in the States and cuts in government spending.

Mr Hemans said he was aiming to quadruple membership, which currently stands at several dozen, by the end of 2010.

He said: "It's been very gratifying to see that people do see a gap, they do see a necessity to expand the island's interface, if you like, with the political side and hopefully something will come of it in the future... but it's early days."

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