Members voted two-to-one against a proposition brought by Deputy Geoff Southern calling on the House to voice its serious concerns about the matter.
Those who did vote for the motion argued that the police tactics threatened one of the keystones of parliamentary democracy – that electors and Members should not fear States interference in their private communications with elected representative.
During four hours of debate, which several times descended into bitter acrimony and name-calling, more details about the arrest on 6 April were revealed. The Home Affairs Minister made a statement explaining why ten officers had been sent to the house which the Senator shares with his partner, Deputy Carolyn Labey, that morning
• Full report in today’s Jersey Evening Post