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The souring of a partnership

David Burt, the Premier, and Curtis Dickinson, then finance minister (File Picture)

Key political moments in the careers of David Burt and Curtis Dickinson:

December 2012: Mr Burt elected as an MP

November 2016: Mr Burt becomes PLP leader after the prolonged illness of predecessor Marc Bean

July 2017: Mr Burt elected Premier

June 2018: Mr Dickinson enters House of Assembly via by-election

November 2018: Mr Dickinson appointed finance minister by Burt

October 2020: Mr Burt leads PLP to landslide general election victory

February 2022: Mr Dickinson resigns finance post just days before the Budget over bust-ups with Mr Burt, mainly concerning the level of sweeteners for the Fairmont Southampton revamp

February 2022: Mr Burt makes himself finance minister as well as premier

February 2022: Former premier Sir John Swan said Mr Burt’s decision to hold three Cabinet posts at once was “almost like a dictator” (Burt later steps down as tourism minister)

March 2022: Mr Dickinson breaks silence and says he resigned “on principle” over financial guarantees being offered for the Fairmont Southampton revamp

May 2022: House of Assembly approves tax concessions of between $121 million and $133 million over 15 years to Fairmont Southampton owners Gencom. And Government will give a guarantee of $75 million, representing 21 per cent of the revised costs of the project of $376 million. Mr Dickinson strongly criticises the move

June 2022: Jason Hayward, the Minister of Economy and Labour, criticises Dickinson for being “unable to close” a Gencom deal while in office

September 2022: Mr Dickinson announces he will challenge Mr Burt for PLP leadership

September 2022: Gencom deal still not finalised

October 2022: Scheduled leadership vote at PLP delegates conference

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Published September 22, 2022 at 7:39 am (Updated September 22, 2022 at 7:39 am)

The souring of a partnership

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