Friday, November 4th 2011 - 16:03 UTC

Camp representative Bill Luxton steps down from Falklands’ Legislative Assembly

The Governor of the Falkland Islands accepted Friday the resignation of Bill Luxton from the Falklands’ elected Legislative Assembly (MLA). Bill Luxton was elected for the Camp constituency and is the third member of the current Legislative Assembly that steps down: Glen Ross and Emma Edwards are the other two.

“It has not worked as well as I had hoped” admits Bill

In a brief release from Government House in response to the resignation letter, Governor Haywood said he understood the reasons for the decision and that he appreciated the expertise that Bill had brought to bear on his portfolios, particularly on matters concerning rural development.

The Governor said he would miss Bill's wisdom and experience, describing Bill as an effective and persuasive voice. The Governor also said he would always appreciate all that Bill did to welcome him when the Governor first arrived in the Islands, and wished Bill the very best for the future.

“Bill has commented that he had resigned purely for personal reasons - his absences overseas had made it very difficult to balance his workload as an MLA and the other aspects of his life. He added that he had greatly enjoyed working with all colleagues in the Assembly and with the Governor and that he wished the Assembly well for the rest of its term”.

Earlier in the day MLA Luxton, who has served many terms in the service of the Legislature, told Penguin News that he has informed his colleagues that he had come to the conclusion that the extra work load on them resulting from his prolonged absence “is really not fair and that even when I am here it is not satisfactory for me to be Chairing any of the important Committees on a part time basis.”

MLA Luxton spends six months of each year at his home in the South of France.

He added, “I had hoped to be able to play a fuller part when I was in Europe but this did not seem to work out so I feel it will be better for me to make way for someone else. I was very surprised that I even got elected, as I suspect all or most of you were. I was very touched that so many of the Camp population put their faith in me - but I suspect that they, like me, will feel that it has not worked as well as I had hoped.”

He said he tendered his resignation in the early hours of Friday morning: “I didn't want to drop it in the middle of the referendum, the result of which I was delighted with by the way.”

MLA Luxton said he had enjoyed working with his colleagues: “I think we have tried to be open with the public even if people sometimes doubt this. We have had some robust discussions but almost always have reached a consensus. I was deeply sorry that we lost Glenn Ross because of his problems at the Power Station and I hope that one day he will return to the Assembly. He was an excellent MLA and his enquiring and open mind made him a superb choice as Chair of The Agricultural Committee. I enjoyed working with him on that committee enormously.”

He added in a letter to his colleagues that he had also enjoyed working with MLA Dick Sawle, “with his quest to bring the monopolies that are the curse of the Falklands under control. I hope all of you and the new MLA will give him every support in this.”

Earlier in the year in a by-election Mike Summers replaced Glen Ross and another ballot will take place mid December to fill the post left vacant by MLA Emma Edwards who anticipated she will be leaving the Falklands in mid 2012.

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1 Marcos Alejandro (#) Nov 04th, 2011 - 04:33 pm Report abuse
Another colonial government official leaving for “purely” personal reasons.
Glen, Emma, Tim and Bill, neeext...
Luxton spends six months of each year at his vacation home in Malvinas, the rest at home in the South of France.
2 Islander1 (#) Nov 04th, 2011 - 09:10 pm Report abuse
Feet in mouth again Marcos!!
Bill is an Islander of many generations, a semiretired sheepfarmer who spends part of his time now living overseas - and why not? The rest of it he spends living on the farmland that has been in his family for generations.
You are not even funny - just an Arse.
3 lsolde (#) Nov 05th, 2011 - 10:14 am Report abuse
Marcos, know-it-all, in fact knows nothing(important).
4 Yuleno (#) Nov 05th, 2011 - 11:26 am Report abuse
So why is he resigning.because he has to be away in France or because he wants to?
5 SamSalzman (#) Nov 05th, 2011 - 02:50 pm Report abuse
Marcos, do you mean than you have never had politicians in Argentina resigning? Not even Felisa Micela?
6 stick up your junta (#) Nov 05th, 2011 - 04:37 pm Report abuse
Not even Felisa Micela?

In July 2007, Miceli was involved in a controversy for a bag containing US$31,000 and AR$100,000 which the police found in a cupboard in her office bathroom.[8][9] Miceli claimed it was money lent to her by her brother. The Argentine peso bills, however, were sealed in a special numbered wrapper issued by the Central Bank, and were traced up to a financial firm that did not have records of the withdrawing of any such amount, and did not count Miceli or her brother as clients. Federal prosecutor Guillermo Marijuán demanded a hearing with Miceli.

In the midst of this scandal, the minister was forced to resign on 16 July. The First Lady and presidential candidate Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner stated: “We are a government that has the fight against corruption as our banner, and we cannot allow doubts in this regard.” Miceli's successor, Miguel Peirano, until then the Secretary of Industry, was designated and announced on the same day.[10]

ain't Google a wonderful thing!
7 Marcos Alejandro (#) Nov 05th, 2011 - 09:47 pm Report abuse
3 Señora lsolde, Please remember I showed you how to type ñ, is very important(año and ano for example)
Are you leaving too?
8 lsolde (#) Nov 06th, 2011 - 09:13 am Report abuse
@Señor Marcos,
Yes you did show me that, thank you.
No Marcos, l am not leaving.
Are you going to admit that Argentina has no rightful claims over the Falklands? now that is very important.
9 O gara (#) Nov 06th, 2011 - 09:56 am Report abuse
Its my view you too are going have to get on long term.The peace agreement bewtween the British and Irish in the North of Irelaqnd will show some of the pathways that are going to have to be follwed.
The current residents of the islands will have to recognize eventually that it cannot get along in South America with an ever richer Argentina while being defended by an ever more irrelevant mid sized European country.
The Argentines are going to have to recognize eventually that the islanders have a way of life they want to maintain and only agreement will satisfy everyone.
These things are better done because everyone has children and we have known enough of putting our children in danger here
10 Marcos Alejandro (#) Nov 06th, 2011 - 04:23 pm Report abuse
Señora lsolde,
You're welcome.
Yes, Argentina has no rightful claims over this unknown thing called Falklands.
I only know a group of Argentinean islands, Malvinas, illegaly occupied by a military force from an European country 14000 km away.
11 Yuleno (#) Nov 06th, 2011 - 04:39 pm Report abuse
I think that the resources around the islands is what everyone is really interested in.the yanks are keeping quiet,they're doing alright in Alaska despite the Inuit people.the story continues!
12 jerry (#) Nov 06th, 2011 - 05:39 pm Report abuse
5 & 6 - Of course you know how Miceli was punished; CFK put her in the “Mothers plaza” group as their treasurer. I am not sure if she was still there when the Shoklender scandal broke, whether she is still there, or if CFK has given her a big promotion to somewhere else.
13 stick up your junta (#) Nov 06th, 2011 - 08:42 pm Report abuse
I only know a group of Argentinean islands, Malvinas, illegaly occupied by a military force from an European country 14000 km away.

Dont be silly,if they were yours why dont you take them back by force?
1 rusty ship,4 planes that cant fly in fog defending them,go on take whats yours!
14 lsolde (#) Nov 07th, 2011 - 09:48 am Report abuse
Where are these islands, the malvinas? ln the Pacific ocean, maybe?
But of course, the Falklands are ours. Peace.
15 Alejomartinez (#) Nov 07th, 2011 - 12:50 pm Report abuse
Wow, this is a typically “democratically elected representative” of yours? Healthy democracy, self government and other blatant lies of yours! Isn't this guy the second “democratically” elected rep to step down in a row? Bunch of ...
16 Kipling (#) Nov 07th, 2011 - 09:14 pm Report abuse
As a son of welsh immigrants in Argentina, I recommend for every person in Malvinas to read more Ralph Emerson and Rudyard Kipling just to open your mind that It is so terrible for every person all around of the every UK overseas territories. Please, looking for a job in Shetland Island in Scotalnd. You will probably have more job than there.
17 stick up your junta (#) Nov 08th, 2011 - 01:59 pm Report abuse
@16 and why dont you fuck off back to wales?
18 Kipling (#) Nov 08th, 2011 - 02:55 pm Report abuse
because I learn more than you as argentinian and my family earn more money than you, kelper!
19 M_of_FI (#) Nov 08th, 2011 - 05:24 pm Report abuse
Great assumption Kipling. Stick up your junta could be one of those squidillionaires! As the saying goes (that I just made up) the only way to get rich in Argentina is be part of Kirchner's Government.
20 Yuleno (#) Nov 08th, 2011 - 06:10 pm Report abuse
#17 hint,money first British second welsh third.opportunitism a British trait not to be proud of but proof of how Lenin, 100 years ago,described them.and therein is the answer.Argentina could,if they wished,buy them out.
21 Kipling (#) Nov 08th, 2011 - 07:16 pm Report abuse
Yuleno (#), i think the great difficult of saxon people (wasp) is to understand the sensibility of latin people. However, latins know every thing of english, norway, germany and slavic cultures. Please, open your mind ....So close .... it should be due to of part of the island
22 Redhoyt (#) Nov 09th, 2011 - 01:48 am Report abuse
Yuletide - if you are talking about Argentina buying the Islanders out - its been tried already!

“1953 - June 2nd, Argentina’s representative to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Admiral Alberto Teisaire, also brings a proposal from President Juan Perón, that Argentina purchase the Falkland Islands from Britain. The offer is rejected.”

More than once in fact.

Kippers, in our experience there is very litte sensibility, or indeed, sense, in those of a Latin disposition :-)

Morning all - I see the Falklands are still British. Wonderful. Just the way it should be. :-)

Did you know that Luis (or Louis or Lewis) Vernet was still whingeing in 1856 ?

“ ... am at present in London, and in correspondence with the present Government, for the purpose of claiming British protection and justice against the arbitrary acts and misrepresentation of certain British authorities, which have been the cause of my remaining, for these last eighteen years, dispossessed of my private property in the East Falkland Islands,...”

Still only talking about East Falkland though. That man could moan - a true Argie !
23 Yuleno (#) Nov 09th, 2011 - 08:39 am Report abuse
No. Redhoyt I was referring to the basis of patriotism and the fact that Britain would protect the islanders while ever they wanted it.
24 Kipling (#) Nov 10th, 2011 - 12:14 am Report abuse
yes, as Hong Kong, Mao sos un grande!
25 lsolde (#) Nov 10th, 2011 - 09:02 am Report abuse
Don't cry, amigos. We are looking after OUR lslands quite well.
26 Yuleno (#) Nov 10th, 2011 - 05:25 pm Report abuse
Christian when you talk and god created everything creators in the mind and own everything known as divergence in have problems don't you,is that why you act in control.
27 Kipling (#) Nov 10th, 2011 - 09:11 pm Report abuse
Come On People! Australia and Bahamas need persons, YOU HAVE STRONG BENEFITS AS A PART OF COMMONWEALTH, you have an incredible future for your childs. These lands are waiting for you!!!!

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