SATURDAY, DEC. 22: The UK Minister responsible for the Overseas Territories has congratulated new Premier Craig Cannonier on his election victory.

Westminster MP Mark Simmonds called Mr Cannonier to offer his best wishes.

Mr Simmonds said: “I welcome the appointment of Premier Craig Cannonier JP, MP, leader of the One Bermuda Alliance.

“Bermuda is the oldest and most populous Overseas Territory with strong constitutional connections to the UK, going back 400 years.”

He added that he had told Mr Cannonier he looked forward to working with him on the range of issues highlighted in the UK’s recent White Paper on its relations with Overseas Territories.

Mr Simmonds said: “I would also like to thank former Premier and Finance Minister Paula Cox for the valuable contribution she made to Bermuda politics during her term in office, both domestically and internationally.

“I wish her every success for the future.”