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Eden makes case for independence

Veteran MLA Anthony Eden has called for Cayman's next government to seriously look at beginning a gradual move towards independence.

Fact check: What MLAs got wrong in the domestic partnership debate

The Cayman Compass took a closer look into some of the MLA’s wide range of opinions over the Domestic Partnership Bill, separating fact from fiction, and in many cases filling in the blanks.

Premier: Environmental Protection Fund to remain under LA control

The National Conservation Law shifted control of the fund to the National Conservation Council, however, the premier said his administration will not bring that change into force.

Public rights of way motion withdrawn

Savannah MLA Anthony Eden has called for more education on the mechanisms available to the public when it comes to protecting rights of way when accessing local beaches.

Conolly elected as Deputy Speaker

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

‘Everyone deserves to love and be loved’

A person that is struggling with their sexual orientation and gender identity may often feel lonely, vulnerable and confused. They may also feel a sense...

MLA Eden calls earthquake, coronavirus ‘warnings’ over gay lifestyle

Legislator Anthony Eden moved a motion in the Legislative Assembly on Friday to affirm Christian values, an action he described as a direct response to debate over same-sex partnerships.

Students honour two for contributions to school

Savannah MLA Anthony Eden and retired teacher Mary ‘Molly’ Farrell were honoured on Friday for their contribution to the Theoline McCoy Primary School.

Colours Cayman: Deportation comments in LA ‘blatant and gross abuse of power’

Colours Cayman, the islands’ advocacy group for the LGBTQ community, responded to comments made in the Legislative Assembly on Friday, 22 Nov., that took aim at lawyer Leonardo Raznovich.

Eden queries $3.5M allocation for port project

Savannah MLA queries a $3.5m allocation in the 2020/2021 budget for the cruise and cargo project, the Premier said its for pre-contract work.

Eden takes aim at Governor’s Throne Speech comments

Savannah MLA Anthony Eden defended fellow legislators Monday as he rejected comments made by Governor Martyn Roper in his Throne Speech.

Bernie Bush joins official Opposition

Independent legislator Bernie Bush has joined the formal Opposition led by East End MLA Arden McLean. It comes a week after he resigned from the government backbench.

Referendum Bill debate continues

Debate on the Referendum Bill continued in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday with MLAs outlining their position on the $200 million cruise berthing and cargo facility.

Activists want LGBTI included in anti-bullying legislation

Colours Cayman is calling on the government to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its proposed anti-bullying legislation.

Miller holds on to Opposition leadership

Ezzard Miller officially remains Leader of the Opposition, despite a letter from all four members of the political group requesting he does not speak on their behalf.

Churches hold anti-gay marriage rally

An estimated 2,000 people, many dressed in white, attended a rally in downtown George Town on Saturday afternoon to protest against a recent court decision to change the Marriage Law to legalise same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands.

Same-sex marriage: What your representative said on the issue

Cayman Islands legislators unanimously backed a private members’ motion last week supporting government to appeal the decision by the chief justice that legalised same-sex marriage to the “full extent of the appeals process”.

UPDATE: Speaker Bush calls on governor to fire Human Rights chairman

Speaker McKeeva Bush has called for Human Rights Commission Chairman James Austin-Smith to be immediately fired by Governor Martyn Roper, following the commission’s statement Thursday criticising government’s decision to appeal the chief justice’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage.

Opposition plans ‘alliance’ ahead of 2021 election

The coalition of independents led by Leader of the Opposition Ezzard Miller plans to form a political group that will run a candidate in every constituency at the next general election.

‘Indigent’ healthcare costs soar

The number of people receiving government assistance for overseas or local medical bills has increased by nearly 50 percent between late 2011 and this year, the Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee was told Tuesday.

Governor Choudhury explores Grand Cayman

One advantage to being the governor in a tourist destination is getting to play the tourist.

Protecting the right to good governance

James Austin-Smith knows most people in the Cayman Islands will never have to fight for their right to a fair trial or freedom from torture.

Opposition firms up roles in shadow government

The members of the Legislative Assembly who are not part of the governing coalition announced Tuesday that they have formally organized in opposition.

Independent legislators look to join new ‘unity’ government

The Cayman Islands new coalition government will have at least 13 members, possibly as many as 15, by the time it is sworn in Wednesday morning.

Mixed reviews for first run of ‘one man, one vote’ system

As voters made their way to the polls Wednesday, candidates expressed mixed feelings about the new “one man, one vote” electoral system.

Independents’ day: Coalition government looms

A disparate group of independent candidates triumphed in Wednesday’s general election, but they did not manage to win a 10-seat majority in the Legislative Assembly.

Candidates make last bid for votes

At least three rival rallies will take place across Grand Cayman Tuesday night as the independent candidates, the Cayman Democratic Party and the Progressives make their final pitch to voters before the midnight deadline for all campaigning to stop.

Election round-up: An alliance … of sorts

The Cayman Compass reported last month that a new political group, the “Cayman People’s Alliance” had been formed ahead of the May general election.

Independent candidates forming pact

Some independent candidates for the May 24 General Elections are in the process of forming a Cayman People’s Alliance. The term was made public when Arden McLean referred to it during his campaign launch in East End on Wednesday night.

More independents, more women in 2017 general election

The 2017 general election has brought out more independent candidates and more female candidates than its predecessor in 2013, according to figures reviewed by the Cayman Compass.

Record-setting Nomination Day: 63 hopefuls compete for 19 seats

A record 63 candidates will contest the Cayman Islands general election on May 24 after a frantic day of nominations across the country generated some surprises.

Election: Tibbetts, Connolly out, Eden back in

One long Cayman Islands political career came to an end Monday night, while another lengthy one continued and a fledgling career was seemingly cut short, as candidate nomination day loomed for general election candidates.

Eden, Anthony

Anthony Eden is an independent candidate for Savannah.

Crowded field facing off in Bodden Town

Cars jammed the sides of the main road from the public library to Cox Lumber as passing motorists honked their horns and shouted encouragement in the direction of two separate, competing events – announcing the political candidacies of election hopefuls Dwayne Seymour and Robert Bodden.

Legislature may go until last day

Government is running out of time to consider a long list of potential laws, including the Legal Practitioners Bill, the elimination of independent FOI and complaints commissioner’s offices and the establishment of local fuel market regulations, as lawmakers face the final three weeks of their current term.

Cayman Finance defends law firms, says MLAs threaten financial sector

Cayman Finance, the primary organization representing the financial services industry in the Cayman Islands, has raised concerns that allegations from independent legislators of potentially criminal wrongdoing by the island’s law firms could do significant damage to the territory’s core industry.

Three defections leave bare bones ruling government

Although the story began to unfold in late 2015, it was not until early 2016 that the full extent of political defections from the ruling Progressives party were realized. As 2015 drew to a close, two Bodden Town MLAs, Anthony Eden and Alva Suckoo, announced they were leaving the government coalition.

Planning law changes give ‘teeth’ to derelict property enforcement

Cayman Islands lawmakers are attempting to tackle the problems of derelict cars and properties, as well as property fences built too close to roads, in changes to the Development and Planning Law approved late Wednesday.

‘I’ve never been this popular’: Political patriarch Eden planning political exit

Anthony Eden, the political patriarch of Bodden Town district and one of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly’s longest-serving members, confirmed Monday that he is not planning on seeking elected office next year. “I’m 71 gone now, I’ve got five grandchildren and I’ve put a lot of time into this,” Mr. Eden said.

Same-sex marriage: In their own words

Lawmakers spent most of the day Oct. 6 debating whether the Cayman Islands should hold a public referendum on allowing same-sex marriage in the territory. The referendum motion failed by a 9-to-8 party line vote. Below are excerpts from the debate from each legislator who spoke in the debate.

Legislators reject motion on gay marriage referendum

The Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly voted along party lines Thursday night to oppose a motion that sought a referendum on whether the territory should accept same-sex marriages. All nine government members opposed the motion, while all opposition party and independent members supported it.

UPDATED: Bid for referendum on gay marriage fails

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin indicated Thursday that his ruling Progressives party-led government would block any attempt to hold a referendum on whether Cayman should change its law to accept same-sex marriages.

Lawmakers: Mass of bills to change ‘lives of generations’

Cayman Islands lawmakers are set to review and approve an unprecedented number of bills in the Legislative Assembly meeting that begins Tuesday, some of which involve complex, long-standing issues that have been before parliament for more than a decade.

Independent LA members to host district meetings

The five independent members of the Legislative Assembly will begin hosting a series oftown hall-style meetings this week aimed at bringing voters up to speed on a number of issues parliament will consider when it meets next month.

Motion seeks same-sex marriage vote before election

A legislative motion seeking support for a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriages prior to the May 2017 general election has been accepted by the Cayman Islands Speaker of the House and could be heard on the Legislative Assembly floor as early as next month.

Premier ‘disappointed’ in government leavers

Warning independent Cayman Islands lawmakers not to take local voters “for fools,” Premier Alden McLaughlin directed verbal barbs Friday at two Legislative Assembly members who left his government backbench in late 2015 and early 2016.

Early election up to governor/premier

Although Premier Alden McLaughlin has not officially called for early elections, the Cayman Islands governor’s office has confirmed that it will give “great weight” to such a request if the premier resolves to take such a step.

Bush: Government has to operate

The formation of a coalition among Cayman’s disparate political opposition groups seems a remote possibility at this stage, Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush said this week.

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