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Gov completes confidence vote reshuffle

Gov completes confidence vote reshuffle

Monday 30 November 2020

Gov completes confidence vote reshuffle

Monday 30 November 2020

Jersey's government has announced a new group of Assistant Ministers to replace the ones who stood down earlier this month as part of their support for a 'no confidence' vote in the Chief Minister.

Deputy Montfort Tadier, and Senators Sam Mézec and Steve Pallet resigned from government roles in protest, and supported Senator Kristina Moore in her ultimately unsuccessful attempt to unseat Senator John Le Fondré from the top job.

Subsequently, the States agreed to appoint Deputy Jeremy Maҫon as Minister for Children and Housing.

Now, the Government has announced that Deputies Trevor Pointon, Jess Perchard, and Kirsten Morel have all been appointed as Assistant Ministers.

Deputy Perchard will be appointed as an Assistant Minister for the Environment. The Government says she will be helping to cover the wider environment regulation portfolio, including the climate emergency, Island Plan, carbon neutrality, pollution control and other green policy issues. She will also be conducting a piece of work for the Chief Minister on the impact of social media on school children.

The Deputy of St John, Trevor Pointon, will be appointed Assistant Minister for Health and Social Services, with particular responsibility for mental health. He has also been appointed as an Assistant Minister for Children and Housing, with responsibility for mental health in children.

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Pictured: Deputy Jeremy Maçon is the new Minister for Housing and Children. 

And one of the strongest critics of the government to date, Deputy Kirsten Morel is now to be appointed Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture. He has frequently clashed in scrutiny hearings with his new boss, Senator Lyndon Farnham.

The Government says Deputy Morel will have particular responsibility for:

  • Culture, Arts and Heritage.
  • Retail economy and strategy.
  • Lottery and gambling policy.
  • Liquor licensing policy.
  • Aircraft and shipping registries.
  • Public records Law and Jersey Archive.

He will formally take up the role once Scrutiny commitments have been completed.

Finally, Deputy Hugh Raymond will be appointed Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, with particular responsibility for:

  • Sport 
  • Beach Lifeguard Service

He will retain his responsibilities as Assistant Minister for Health and Social Services and for Infrastructure.

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Posted by Jon Jon on
Things just get worse!
Posted by John Henwood on
These are interesting appointments. Deputy Perchard in particular has shown both sensitivity and maturity in her approach to a number of key issues and seems an individual likely to grow in maturity and wisdom with the weight of responsibility. Deputy Morel, a vociferous critic of government, will have to show much more maturity and restraint than is sometimes the case, but perhaps getting a junior ministerial post was his objective and, if he is able to take a calmer, more thoughtful approach he may make a useful contribution. Deputy Pointon has generally kept a lower profile, but his contributions in debate are generally well thought out and to the point. Deputy Raymond, no stranger to government, has a long and comprehensive involvement in sport and will be a popular choice. Pity there was no room for Deputy Guida, another with a low profile, but who makes a useful contribution. Overall, it's a pity the Chief Minister didn't take the opportunity for a more radical shake up at the senior level of the Council of Ministers - he will never get a better chance to strengthen some areas of weak performance and trade-in one or two whose loyalty is open to question.
Posted by David Moon on
I agree with John Henwood that the CM should have taken the opportunity for a more radical move of Ministers. Deputy Susie Pinel to External Relations and Deputy Guida to Treasury Minister would g enerate public confidence.
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