Conolly elected as Deputy Speaker

George Town South MLA Barbara Conolly has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker.

Conolly, who held the post of Education Councillor, was nominated by Premier Alden McLaughlin on Thursday night in the Legislative Assembly.

She was elected unopposed.

Conolly replaced West Bay North MLA Bernie Bush who resigned from the post in late February. He stepped down one day after House Speaker McKeeva Bush announced his decision to take an immediate leave of absence in the wake of allegations that he was involved in the assault of a female bar manager on 21 Feb.

The House Speaker remains on leave. He did not attend the Legislative Assembly’s two sittings this week.

Savannah MLA Anthony Eden was nominated to preside over Wednesday and Thursday’s sitting. It was the first-time lawmakers used video conferencing to conduct a sitting of the House.

The election was the last item of business for legislators after they approved changes to the pension, labour, immigration and customs and border control laws.

Conolly thanked members for their support following her election.

“I am deeply humbled by the confidence expressed by the members of this esteemed Legislative Assembly and I pledge to you my colleagues and to my constituents of George Town South and to the wider Cayman Islands to do all that I can to maintain the integrity of this high office and I will work fervently towards the smooth running of this honourable house,” she said.

Conolly prayed for the safety of the islands and “each and every one as we continue to face these most challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

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