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Press Release President's statement to the APPCIG

Alderney President calls for urgent talks on finance and air links at Parliamentary Meeting

The President of the States of Alderney, Mr William Tate, called on leading politicians in Guernsey to urgently address two key challenges which were creating a great deal of uncertainty for Alderney.

Addressing a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group of the Channel Islands (APPCIG) in the Houses of Parliament on Monday 10th February, he said certainty was needed on the future of Alderney's financial relationship with Guernsey and the future of its air links. He called on political leaders in Guernsey to get together with Alderney's leaders to discuss and resolve these pressing issues.

The All Party Parliamentary Group meets three times a year and on this occasion was attended by 22 Members of Parliament and Peers. Gavin St Pier represented the States of Guernsey and leading politicians from Sark, a representative from the Jersey London Office and Mr James Dent, Chairman of Alderney's Policy and Finance Committee were also in attendance. The Isle of Man was also represented at the beginning of the meeting. The Group is chaired by Andrew Rosindell MP.

Channel Islands representatives are asked to summarise key issues they are facing at the meeting. Mr Rosindell expressed his concern about the reduction in air links, saying: "I do understand how detrimental it would be to the Island of Alderney if that connectivity is severely reduced."

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The President's full APPCIG Speech can be found below: