Senator Steve Pallett, who launched the Progress Party in January this year alongside Deputy Steve Luce and former Deputy Eddie Noel, has confirmed plans to recruit a total of ‘ten to 15’ candidates for the election on 22 June 2022.
The party is talking to both existing States Members, including some Constables, and potential new entrants to the political scene.
Senator Pallett said he disagreed with those who insisted that Constables should be independent. While confirming that the Progress Party would not be interfering in parish matters, he said that party politics would have a place on the wider States agenda.
‘It’s the norm in the UK to have party politics at local level as well as nationally, and I would say parishioners should have the right to know what policies their Constable will support in the Assembly,’ he said.
Outlining some of the procedure necessary to get the right party structure in place, including a four-month battle to set up a bank account, Senator Pallett said the party would be adopting a higher profile, building up to an AGM later this year at which party officials will be elected and policy-related discussions will take place.