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Julian Willock sworn in as new HoA Speaker

-Vows to be fair, non-partisan and objective during tenure
Businessman, former Permanent Secretary and son of the soil, Mr Julian Willock was this morning, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, sworn in as the new Speaker of the Virgin Islands (VI) during the First Sitting of the First Session of Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: Facebook
In his inaugural speech, Hon Willock expressed gratitude first to God, his family and to the VIP team for granting him the opportunity to serve in the capacity, “I wish to personally thank Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie and his entire team for the confidence reposed in me... I am aware you had a long list of choices and options,” he told those gathered at the swearing-in. Photo: Team of Reporters
In his inaugural speech, Hon Willock expressed gratitude first to God, his family and to the VIP team for granting him the opportunity to serve in the capacity, “I wish to personally thank Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie and his entire team for the confidence reposed in me... I am aware you had a long list of choices and options,” he told those gathered at the swearing-in. Photo: Team of Reporters
He says the HoA must return to a place of dignity where young boys and girls aspire to be Ministers of Governments, Premiers and even Speakers. “We will ensure this House is not used under the privilege of immunity to engage in personal attacks against ordinary residents or businesses,” he said while noting that renewed focus will be placed on the security of House Members in and outside the HoA. Photo: Team of Reporters
He says the HoA must return to a place of dignity where young boys and girls aspire to be Ministers of Governments, Premiers and even Speakers. “We will ensure this House is not used under the privilege of immunity to engage in personal attacks against ordinary residents or businesses,” he said while noting that renewed focus will be placed on the security of House Members in and outside the HoA. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Businessman, former Permanent Secretary and son of the soil, Mr Julian Willock was this morning, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, sworn in as the new House Speaker of the Virgin Islands (VI) during the First Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola.

In his inaugural speech, Hon Willock expressed gratitude first to God, his family and to the VIP team for granting him the opportunity to serve in the capacity, “I wish to personally thank Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie and his entire team for the confidence reposed in me... I am aware you had a long list of choices and options,” he told those gathered at the venue.

Humbled 

According to Mr Willock, he is humbled and well prepared to take on the post, “Just last night I went back to look at the history of Speakers worldwide, particularly the West Minister system of Governments and Speakers in the United Kingdom,” he revealed emphatically.

Hon Willock, in divulging some historical context to the role, continued, “What I have also discovered is that in some 85% of Commonwealth Countries a Speaker is a sitting elected member of the ruling party—in other words—he or she would have ran with the party, won their seat and the majority gets the right to choose the Speaker.”

Therefore he says, “I pledge that my tenure as Speaker will be fair, non-partisan and objective…  I am aware that while the Opposition is in the minority, those districts that sent them to the House, deserve to be heard through their members and will be heard… I also have a duty to preside in a way where the government business is not unnecessarily frustrated, or undermined.”  

Further, Hon Willock implored, “Beyond the Chambers proceedings, I wish to help elevate this House of Assembly to the centre for good governance and working with both the Leader of Government Business, Hon Fahie and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon Penn to see that the Government’s legislative agenda is achieved.”

Ready for Business – Willock    

He says the HoA must return to a place of dignity where boys and girls aspire to be Ministers of Government, Premiers and even Speakers. “We will ensure this House is not used under the privilege of immunity to engage in personal attacks against ordinary residents or businesses,” he said while noting that renewed focus will be placed on the security of House Members in and outside the HoA.

Hon Willock further stated that elected members have a right to advocate and will be encouraged to speak out if residents and their constituencies are being mistreated and they have a right to speak about ills in the Territory and to educate citizens, “My hope is that the Fourth House of Assembly becomes a place where we educate our residents about Bills before they are passed, and how these Bills will affect or improve their quality of life,” he said.

“I pledge as your Speaker… to restore confidence in this institution, that it is regarded as a beacon for legislative justice and for what is fair, just and right, and most of all, a place where laws are made to protect all residents, locals, expats and everyone that call the Virgin Islands their home.”

Mr Willock holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies.

20 Responses to “Julian Willock sworn in as new HoA Speaker”

  • He Prove me wrong (12/03/2019, 11:18) Like (52) Dislike (33) Reply
    I was in the Camp of Ms .olive Pickering for speaker base on her experience and back ground in this area and as a die hard VIP supporter and Candidate ....After hearing Willock speech. .He is impressive , deserving . Hope he be true to his words . I think VIP has made a wise choice .Congrats Mr Willock ...Its all about people . All people . More so the disadvantage ....
    • ??? (12/03/2019, 11:48) Like (26) Dislike (37) Reply
      Willox, excuse me, Hon Willox, you didn't get into the House one way, so you got in another way. Congratulations. So is your title. the Esteemed Honourable Willox.
      • Outspoken (12/03/2019, 16:14) Like (17) Dislike (21) Reply
        @??? Well hater you will have to live with the fact for the next 4 years the Julian Willock is the duly elected speaker of the HOA and that he is Hon. Julian Willock
        • ??? (13/03/2019, 09:59) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
          I don't have time to hate. and why should I hate. Willox got payback for strongly supporting his party. I just stated the obvious. I just wanted to know if he would now be using his self imposed title, his official one or both.
  • guy hill (12/03/2019, 11:24) Like (37) Dislike (16) Reply
    Congrats. Be Brave.
  • me (12/03/2019, 11:25) Like (45) Dislike (21) Reply
    We will see how this go. All the best BVI
    • @wow (12/03/2019, 11:43) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
      We would need it!!!!
      • WHY? (12/03/2019, 13:36) Like (32) Dislike (7) Reply
        @wow and @@wow. Why do our people always feel that someone of yesterdays is the same person today? When will we evolve? Everyone’s journey takes them in different routes to evoke growth. Give the young man a chance; he may just surprise us all.

        Futurist- Time for Solution-Based Mindset Thinking. Program-reset!
  • The M&M Boys (12/03/2019, 12:04) Like (51) Dislike (30) Reply
    Great choice Congrats Mr. Willock. Very Educated
  • oops (12/03/2019, 12:19) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
    Congratulations are in order. Do hope there will be respect in the house. I am also hopeful that persons are honored for the position the hold elected or nominated. Smiles.
  • the rock (12/03/2019, 13:25) Like (19) Dislike (32) Reply
    Now Claude is next, let's see where he goes!
  • Hmmmm (12/03/2019, 13:30) Like (4) Dislike (46) Reply
    Don’t agree with that I think Clude Skelton-Cline would of been a better candidate
  • Resident 3 (12/03/2019, 14:59) Like (63) Dislike (14) Reply
    I am overwhelmed with joy that Mr Willock can regain his dignity in our country and give back to it. For eight years he was held hostage and couldn't secure a job in the government because of the former Government. Mr Wilock I implore you to be diligent, be humble and level headed. Most persons will not be in favor of your new post because of the way you at times treated persons when you were the PS of Communications and Works. You were knocked down but not knocked out. God has given you a second chance. Make good use of it and be the best speaker of the house that will go down in VI history. Congratulations are in order Hon. Willlock.

  • Me (12/03/2019, 20:16) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Congratulations Hon.Willock. I trust you will do a good job and be fair in your calls. I do think that you need to be careful with your health though, obesity is on the rise and this is going to be a stressful job. All the best again!
  • Yes (12/03/2019, 22:16) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
    Willock is the suited for this job, very educated, and will be 10 times better than Ingrid.They will respect him more. Let’s hope he doesn’t mess this up
  • Eagle Eye (13/03/2019, 06:18) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    With all the degree holdings.hope y'all hold some common sense going forward.
  • Eyes open (13/03/2019, 07:28) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Everyone saying he will be impartial, but where were y’all when Ingrid was doing her badness???
  • crazy (13/03/2019, 15:40) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The fox is in charge of the hen house.


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