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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Andrew Lewis, Deputy for St Helier Districts 3 and 4, to the Inquiry providing an account of his experience as Assistant Minister for Home Affairs from 2006 to 22 October 2008 and as Minister for Home Affairs from 22 October 2008 to December 2008. [Some details redacted].
February 8th 2016 - February 8th 2016
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Provides information about his background including an overview of his education, career, business interests, outside interests and involvement in various chemes relating to young people. Describes events prior to him entering politics, his election in 2006 and remarks about private interests whilst in politics. Includes a description of his responsibilities and role as Assistant Minister for Home Affairs including remarks about his relationship with Wendy Kinnard, the relationship between Wendy Kinnard and other States members including Frank Walker, and Frank Walker's influence over the political structure in Jersey. Includes comments about the Home Affairs Department and the States of Jersey Police, referring to his early involvement, oversight of policy and budget and the need for a Police Authority. Refers to the extension of the Chief Officer's contract in 2006, commenting on the relationship between Graham Power and Wendy Kinnard. Refers to responsibility for the political oversight of Operation Rectangle from May 2008, referring to emerging concerns with Operation Rectangle and comments about Operation Rectangle and the media. Outlines his developing impressions of Graham Power and Lenny Harper, comments about the appointments of David Warcup and Mick Gradwell and describes developing concerns with Operation Rectangle. Refers to changes to the States of Jersey Police media policy following the arrival of David Warcup. Sets out details of meetings with Wendy Kinnard prior to her resignation and his promotion to Minister for Affairs on 22 October 2008. Comments on a press briefing on 12 November 2008 and outlines the rationale behind his decision to suspend Graham Power on 12 November 2008. Sets out details of a meeting with Graham Power on this date and comments on the aftermath of Graham Power's suspension, referring the Napier Review, comments made by Ian Le Marquand and the findings of a Report by Wiltshire Police. Also comments on the perception of Graham Power's suspension. Comments on reform to law on corroboration evidence due to concern regarding difficulty securing abuse convictions. Also includes comments on certain passages of the Inquiry witness statements of Graham Power, David Warcup, Bill Ogley and Wendy Kinnard. Finishes with closing comments about his experiences and his recommendations to the Inquiry.
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