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Ministers chosen in new Government of Jersey

Council of Ministers of Jersey sitting around a meeting table
Lyndon Farnham said the aim of ministers was to work collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes for islanders

Members of Jersey's new Council of Ministers have taken up their roles after the island's leadership changed.

Lyndon Farnham was elected as chief minister after Kristina Moore lost her role following a vote of no confidence.

The States Assembly discussed proposals before approving nominations if they were unopposed, or voting on them.

Mr Farnham posted on X, formerly Twitter, saying: "Our aim is to work collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes for islanders."


Appointments:

  • Deputy Tom Binet was approved as health minister

  • Mary Le Hegarat, a former police officer, was approved as justice and home affairs minister.

  • Constable Richard Vibert was approved as children and education minister.

  • Former Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, returns unopposed to the role.

  • Deputy Lyndsay Feltham returns unopposed as social security minister.

  • Deputy Sam Mezec returns as housing and communities minister after winning a vote.

  • Deputy Carolyn Labey was approved as international development minister.

  • Constable Andy Jehan was approved as infrastructure minister.

  • Deputy Kirsten Morel was approved as sustainable economic development minister.

  • Deputy Elaine Millar was approved as treasury and resources minister.

  • Deputy Ian Gorst was elected as external relations minister.


The first vote was set up after Deputy David Warr was proposed by the assembly for housing and communities minister alongside Mr Mezec, whom Mr Farnham shortlisted for the role.

Mr Mezec eventually won the vote by a score of 31-10 against Mr Warr, with six abstentions, to be elected to the Council of Ministers.

This vote was followed by Ms Feltham's proposal as social security minister, with the nomination approved after being unopposed by other deputies.

People living in Jersey have said what they would like to see from the new government and the chief minister.

Dominic Jones, who owns a number of restaurants on the island, said Mr Farnham faces a big "challenge".

Mr Jones said: "Deputy Farnham has said he really wants to see personalities put aside and honestly this is the time to do it."

Jersey Chamber of Commerce president Adam Budworth said the most important thing was for the government to have a plan for the island.

He added he would like to have seen a female deputy chief minister chosen to help provide more balance to the government.


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