Monday, October 24th 2011 - 19:36 UTC

Falklands Councillor, Emma Edwards, resigns from Legislative Assembly

In a statement from Government House, issued last Friday, the 21st October, it was confirmed that Emma Edwards has resigned as a Member of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly (MLA). And that His Excellency the Governor, Mr Nigel Haywood CVO, had accepted “with regret” the resignation.

Emma was elected in November 2009 and has been an outspoken figure (Photo by FIGO/FB)

The Legislative Assembly is the primary institution in the self-government of the Falkland Islands and is empowered to pass legislation for the peace, order and good government of the Falkland Islands. Under the terms of the Falkland Islands Constitution, eight Assembly Members are elected every four years.

In her letter of resignation, Emma Edwards wrote:

“As I now know I will be leaving the Islands in August 2012, it is unfair for me to continue in my role as an MLA and would very much like to see another individual have a good chance to work in this role. I have long intended to resign in October 2011, in the hope that this will avoid any interference with the 2012 organisation of events”.

Emma’s comments make reference to the fact that the current Legislative Assembly is at their mid-term point in office. Thus the timing of the resignation at this point will allow a new councillor to have a full two years in office and make a significant contribution before re-elections.

Additionally it highlights the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War that will be commemorated next year and which should remain the primary focus of councillors and the community, without the uncertainty caused by a change in council.

Emma added that the resignation was not taken on political grounds but was for personal reasons: “I will be sorry to go, but I have a new chapter in my life opening up and want to have the time to enjoy this.”

The Governor, in thanking her for her work as an MLA, wrote:

“I am genuinely sorry that you will be going. You have contributed a lot to the Assembly, and your warmth and humanity – your sheer niceness – and gentle sense of humour have made you a pleasure to work with. I have watched with considerable admiration and respect the way you have handled three very serious jobs with considerable skill and distinction. The energy you have put into all of them is remarkable, and, as each of the jobs is of such considerable benefit to the Islands, everyone here has so much to be grateful to you for. You have worked hard as an assembly member, handled some tricky portfolios, and have been a real asset to Executive Council on those occasions when you have been a member.”

Emma Edwards was elected to the Legislative Assembly in November 2009 during the elections which saw a clean-sweep of the previous council members. During her two years on council has held the tourism, minerals, environment and heritage, and housing portfolios. She has been an outspoken figure and her strongly held views have sometimes led to controversy, with most recently the removal of her tourism portfolio last month due to differences on policy.

Emma Edwards is the second councillor to resign during the current council. Glenn Ross resigned in April this year citing that his work load within the power and electrical section of the Public Works Department prohibited him from giving sufficient attention to his role as a councillor. A by-election was held in June 2011, which saw Mike Summers re-elected.

Arrangements for the second by-election within 6 months will be announced later, but under the Falklands constitution must occur within 70 days.

By Grant Munro -SeAledpr - Stanley

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1 briton (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 07:52 pm Report abuse
Before the Argies get to exited,
It’s nothing but Falkland Islands business
And nothing to do with argentine, vultures
And the grim reapers who hang over the Falklands like vermin

2 so_far (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 07:55 pm Report abuse
Has anyone seen the movie Titanic ? how it ends ?

Emma Edwards, smart lady
3 Think (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 08:00 pm Report abuse
For god’s sake! Give us some fresh, juicy scram about Emma.
Is that rumor about her and her father truth?
C’mon kelpers......, I know you can!
4 stick up your junta (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 08:11 pm Report abuse
Has anyone seen the movie Titanic ? how it ends ?

Yep it made a shed load of money,just like the Falklanders will when the oil starts pumping:-))))))
1 Avatar Fox $760,507,625 2009^
2 Titanic Par. $600,788,188 1997^
5 so_far (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 08:43 pm Report abuse
I could be wrong, but she seem cute and friendly.

Good Luck Emma :)
6 Think (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 08:56 pm Report abuse
Yeahhh......Kind of cute but……………a bit on the skinny side.
7 so_far (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 09:04 pm Report abuse
hm....interesting, i need more light on it, but im afraid of “curiosity kill the cat”....better don´t ask....isn´t ?

8 fantazum2011 (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 09:54 pm Report abuse
The Islanders should work a deal with Argentina now as they hold all the cards. They keep their autonomy, British passports and make a pile of dinero from the oil....then when the oil has gone and all the chav poms have fled back to their council estates they can go back to the quiet life.
I met Glen Ross in 2007. He's a nice guy but he needs to learn how to grovel. Emma had a taste of the high life when she visited the british parliament so I can't blame her for chasing her dreams.
9 briton (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 10:12 pm Report abuse
Envy nothing but jealous envy ,
10 Marcos Alejandro (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 10:46 pm Report abuse
6 Think ”a bit on the skinny side? :-)

In her letter of resignation, Emma Edwards wrote:

“As I now know I will be leaving the Islands in August 2012..

A few weeks ago Emma Edwards was removed as the Tourism Representative. The portfolio was transferred to ”King” Mike Summers, her family did not like that at all.
11 xbarilox (#) Oct 24th, 2011 - 11:59 pm Report abuse
Good riddance Emma!!!
12 Anti-Fascist (#) Oct 25th, 2011 - 12:43 am Report abuse

You are a racist, xenophobic, fascist, zealot, you need your head punching in and I'm willing to do it.

I wonder who you are. Does anyone have a name for this cretin?

He is obviously connected in some way to the Argentine security service. I just wonder if we can dig anything up in his involvement in crime.
13 fantazum2011 (#) Oct 25th, 2011 - 02:29 pm Report abuse
@ 12 Anti-Fascist (#)
Such rage ! ...and we were just talking about chavs too.
I can sympathise with your anger though, especially since your esteemed leader denied you the right of a referendum, has sold you out to an unelected shower of Kleptocrats in Belgium - which itself no longer has a government and can't rule itself - and has sold all your souls to J.P.Morgan who will no doubt send Tony Blair back to further indoctrinate you into the beauties of a single party state and the benefits of being ruled by the banks and brussels - the latter apparently now demanding the power to tax you directly so funding further their agenda to .......well, who knows what they want. They certainly don't -but we can be certain that whatever utopian dream they are pursuing it will inevitably end in complete chaos.
Islanders take careful note please.
14 briton (#) Oct 25th, 2011 - 04:09 pm Report abuse
argentine plonkers
15 Raul (#) Oct 25th, 2011 - 06:55 pm Report abuse
12 Anti-Fascist

He is obviously somehow connected to the Argentine security services. I wonder if you can make nothing of their participation in the crime.

Really you are a true Fascist. Does it all with the obvious. Emma denies rework their future. You have to respect people who have another point of view and truth ... Thinking differently is the most normal thing in democracy and freedom. Looking for fresh air in British politics, although I disagree with your thoughts on the dispute over the islands, I appreciate the courage of it in seeking new horizons and perspectives in politics.
Looking beyond inspired by Cristina Kirchner, Dilma Rousseff or Michelle Bachelet.
As I said the singer Mercedes Sosa Argentina. ... Changes, everything changes ....
Perhaps this work to an agreement between the parties. (Perhaps the future governor of two flags ... ...)
16 Anti-Fascist (#) Oct 26th, 2011 - 12:03 am Report abuse

17 xbarilox (#) Oct 26th, 2011 - 06:00 am Report abuse
@ 15 you are scaring people.
18 Marcos Alejandro (#) Oct 27th, 2011 - 04:27 am Report abuse
The truth is coming out
“MLA Edwards resigned on October 21 citing personal reasons, but later condemning what she described as a lack of open government within the Legislative Assembly, something she said she had stood for during the election process”
19 lsolde (#) Oct 27th, 2011 - 09:48 am Report abuse
And what business is it of yours, Marcos?
20 briton (#) Oct 27th, 2011 - 08:03 pm Report abuse
and how many argentine goverment officals have lost their jobs
under your goverment,
21 anti-fascist2 (#) Oct 27th, 2011 - 09:08 pm Report abuse
Marcos Alejandro

I wonder if everytime an Argentine government official disagrees with Argentine policy we can then claim Argentina should belong to the UK?

Just a thought.
22 briton (#) Oct 28th, 2011 - 05:22 pm Report abuse
when you run out of something to say,
you calood with each other and laugh at your selves

comedians you may be, but children youncertainly are .
23 UKOwnsArgentina (#) Oct 29th, 2011 - 09:07 pm Report abuse
On the basis of the British invasion of Río de la Plata I have been able to establish that Argentina is in fact owned by Great Britain.

I have been tabling a series of motions at the UN in order to officially establish this claim to Argentina. There is historical president for this, on the basis of an almost 200 year invasion of the Falkland Islands by a German and some British ex patriots, Argentina claims the Falkland Islands.

I can establish as historical fact that Río de la Plata was invaded by Britain and that this claim was never renounced, there is over 200 years of continued British claim to Argentina.

This makes all Argentines suject to British law and taxation. I am planning to get Buenos Aires renamed Port of Britain. Argentina will be called Bairdland, after the leader of British forces in the first occupation of Río de la Plata.

It is important to state that this did not happen just once - as in the Argentine claim to the Falklands...... but twice!

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