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Girl power! More female than male Deputies elected for first time ever

Girl power! More female than male Deputies elected for first time ever

Thursday 23 June 2022

Girl power! More female than male Deputies elected for first time ever

Thursday 23 June 2022


19 women secured the role of Deputy in last night’s election, compared to 18 men.

This means that at 51%, the majority of Deputies will be female for the first time ever in the 2022-2026 States Assembly.

In 2018, there were fewer Deputy seats in total up for grabs. Only eight of the 29 available seats were held by females, making up just 28% of all deputies.

This year, three-out-of-four seats in the constituency of St. John, St. Lawrence and Trinity were gained by female elects, along with two-out-of-three seats in the Grouville and St. Martin constituency.

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Pictured: Reform Jersey's Beatriz Porée became Deputy in St Helier South, and is the first black candidate elected to the States Assembly.

However, only two Constables are female this year, in St. Lawrence and St. Martin.

In total, 21 females have been successful in the 2022 election, making up 43% of the total Assembly.

This is compared to the 2018 election, when just 14 females were elected. This made up 29% of the States Assembly. 

"Huge sense of optimism"

Top polling Deputy, Kristina Moore, said that she has "a huge sense of optimism" about the future.

She has thrown her hat in the ring to be the island's first female Chief Minister.

“I think the public have really had their say - and they are saying they want change because they have not been listened to and their priorities have not been met. 

“There is a lot of common ground among many of those elected and I can see a collaborative group of people working together to get Jersey back on track."

Asked if she felt she had a mandate to be Chief Minister, Senator Moore had a simple response: yes.

"It is a wonderful endorsement"

She added: “I’ve been really encouraged by parishioners in the district, who have expressed their support, knowing that was my intention. It is a wonderful endorsement. 

“One of the key values of Better Way is we believe in transparent collaboration and it was important to run our campaign on that basis; which is why I said I would like to be Chief Minister. Now it is up to the Assembly to decide.

“The public has given the 49 successful candidates a mandate and we now have to work out the most effective way of delivering change.”

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Pictured: Kristina Moore (far right), alongside fellow election candidates Alex Curtis, David Warr, and Lucy Stephenson.

Lucy Stephenson, who was elected alongside Kristina Moore in the constituency of St. Mary, St. Ouen and St. Peter, said: “I am just over the moon with results on the night and I’m so grateful for the support shown to me by the electorate, both through the campaign and tonight.

"The results went the way of so many new faces - it is so exciting for Jersey politics and our island, and for tackling the issues in a positive way.”

"The challenge now is to deliver on that change"

She added: “We often hear at election time that change doesn’t translate to the ballot box, but this time it has.

"The challenge now is to deliver on that change and I feel confident that the people elected this evening can do that and set Jersey on a new course."

She expressed her excitement: “I’m keen to get stuck in straight away. I’ve said that I would like an Assistant Minister post and use that role more effectively than it has in the past. I also have a particular interest in issues around children, families, community, education and communication.

“But I am very open to serving wherever the Assembly decides. I am a natural scrutineer but we need it in Government as well as on the outside.” 

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