Andrew Mitchell

St Helena’s new paymaster knows a bit about airports

The new Secretary of State for International Development – the cabinet minister ultimately responsible for aid to St Helena – comes to the job with useful background knowledge on airports. Which is handy, because Justine Greening will carry on Andrew Mitchell’s work in keeping a close eye on the building of St Helena’s own airport. Mr …

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St Helena Online joins a campaign for transparency

Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s not good for democracy. St Helena’s elected councillors are making decisions that will set the course of the island’s future, but we are rarely told what they will talk about in advance. That means people cannot voice their own concerns, and possibly raise problems that the officials in The …

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Bidders try to save jetty plan – after report it would be scrapped

The leading bidders for the job of building a breakwater at Jamestown are trying to bring down the cost of the project – only days after UK cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell suggested it was being dropped. The contract cannot be awarded to the joint preferred bidders, Enco and Marine Lagan, because St Helena Government cannot …

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The truth about MP who slept rough in the governor’s garden

For a Member of Parliament who once spent his holidays fighting the Taliban, a peaceful mission in St Helena ought to have been a walk in the park. Instead, Mark Lancaster ended up sleeping in one. Or rather, in the Governor’s garden. He’d come up against superior forces in the form of sociable St Helenians. And then, when he …

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Jamestown jetty plan looks dead in the water

Plans for a breakwater at St Helena’s historic wharf have all-but been scrapped, according to International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell. A permanent jetty is planned instead at Rupert’s Valley, he said. He broke the news at a meeting for Saints and island-watchers at the Jury’s Inn Hotel in Swindon on Saturday 20 May 2012. He said: …

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