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CSPL DEFERS COMMENT ON SPEAKER ALLEGATIONS - but calls for code of conduct

Local News 26 Feb, 2020 Follow News

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Hon. McKeeva Bush

The Commission for Standards in Public Life (CSPL) has distanced itself from the furore surrounding allegations of misconduct against the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Hon. McKeeva Bush.

However, the CSPL, also known as ‘the Commission’, is calling for a code of conduct to be enacted which would apply to all elected members.

Mr Bush is alleged to have assaulted a female manager of the Coral Beach establishment on the night of February 21st.

The incident, over which Mr Bush has issued a public apology, is being investigated by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS).

In an official statement, the CSPL, says it “has noted the allegations made against the Honourable Speaker of the House, the public statement issued by the Speaker on 24 February 2020, and the expressions of concern by members of the public regarding this matter.”

In emphasising that it is not privy to the factual events that occurred during the incident, the Commission however notes that based on the information in the public domain and previous legal advice on its powers, that it “considers this matter to be outside of its remit at this time.”

Noting that the matter is being investigated by the RCIPS, the CSPL says it has decided to refrain from further comment at this time.

However, it does point out that it has made several requests for updates on the finalisation and implementation of the Ministerial Code of Conduct, which it understands remains in draft form.

The Commission is therefore calling for the finalisation of a code which would apply to all elected members.

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