1. Andy Le Lievre – the person
I was born in St Peter Port in 1950. I married Sue in 1976 and we moved to the Vale Parish in 1979 and have lived here ever since. Sue and I have 3 children: Victoria, 32, a midwife and health visitor; Amy, 29, a civil servant; and William, 22, a joiner. Vicky and Amy are both married and during this election campaign Sue and I are about to become grandparents for the first time. I was educated at Amherst School and Elizabeth College. Upon leaving school, I worked for a brief period in horticulture and in banking before joining the civil service in 1970. I retired from the civil service in 2007 in order to stand as a Vale deputy in 2008, since when I have been privileged to represent our parish in the States. I have 22 years' experience as a professional working in areas related to the social welfare of our island, mainly but not exclusively at the Housing and Social Security Departments. My background in this area of policy taught me the values of hard work, not rushing to judgement about the personal circumstances of others and the value of a coherent society based upon strong, supportive families.
2. Andy Le Lievre – the politician
When I stood for election in 2008, I pledged to commit myself fully to applying my experience and expertise to those areas of the States I knew best, which might broadly be described as 'social welfare'.
In this manifesto, once again I have not sought to pontificate over each and every political issue that may come before the States between 2012 and 2016 – because, if re-elected, my priority first, second and third will be to dedicate myself to the development of social welfare policies.
My desire to assist those less fortunate than myself is as strong as it was 30 years ago. It has not waivered and it will not waiver. To this end, I stand for the following:
- I have a burning desire to alleviate poverty and to treat people fairly;
- I believe fundamentally in the strength of the family unit;
- I judge the strength of the community on how well it supports the most vulnerable;
- I believe than social inclusion and justice can be established only by action, not words;