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Chief Minister fight heats up as Reform leader throws hat in ring

Chief Minister fight heats up as Reform leader throws hat in ring

Friday 24 June 2022

Chief Minister fight heats up as Reform leader throws hat in ring

Friday 24 June 2022

Reform Jersey leader Sam Mézec has officially thrown his hat in the ring for the island's top political job after the party doubled its number of seats in the election.

The newly elected group of Reform Jersey Deputies met for the first time this afternoon and unanimously agreed to nominate Mr Mézec for Chief Minister.

It means he'll be going up against Kristina Moore, who wants to be the island's first female Chief Minister.

Reform Politicians

Pictured: Reform's parliamentary party at their first meeting today.

She is supported by her three elected colleagues of the Better Way movement, and St. Peter Constable Richard Vibert.

Having secured the highest number of votes of any Deputy with 2,730, she told Express on Wednesday: “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."


Pictured: Senator Kristina Moore, who topped the poll in her area, wishes to be Chief Minister.

The pair also face competition from former Bailiff and External Relations Minister Sir Philip Bailhache.

The Progress Party-Jersey Liberal Conservatives coalition had previously agreed to back Sir Philip Bailhache as Chief Minister.

However, the coalition only secured three seats: Sir Philip (JLC) in St. Clement, Malcolm Ferey (JLC) in St. Saviour, and Steve Luce (Progress) in Grouville and St. Martin.

Previous Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst previously told Express he wishes to remain Minister for External Relations - a position he said he was standing by in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

Previous Chief Ministerial candidate and current Deputy Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham, who scraped into the fourth seat in the western 'super-district' of St. Mary, St. Peter and St. Ouen, has not stated his intentions.

There has also been speculation that at least one newcomer will go for the top position.


Pictured: Former Chief Minister Ian Gorst upon hearing that he had been elected. (Gary Grimshaw)

The Jersey Alliance's Sir Mark Boleat had also hoped to contest the position, but he failed to be elected - the party's only successful candidate was Philip Le Sueur, who was re-elected Constable of Trinity.

"We believe that the election result clearly shows that there is widespread public support for positive change. Only Reform Jersey can provide that change," Reform Jersey said in a statement today.

It added that it would be sharing its plans to form a government on Monday, alongside its potential Government Plan, which would be based on the party's 'New Deal' manifesto.

Deputy-elect Mézec, Reform's founder, first entered the States Assembly as a St. Helier No 2 candidate in 2014, before securing an island-wide mandate as Senator in 2018.

Rob Ward Mezec reform

Pictured: The Reform team celebrating their results.

In Wednesday's election, he topped the poll for St. Helier South with 955 votes, followed by Reform running mates Tom Coles and Beatriz Porée.

Deputy Montfort Tadier was re-elected in St. Brelade, while the party also made gains in St. Helier Central, where Catherine Curtis and Lyndsay Feltham joined serving Deputies Carina Alves, Geoff Southern and Rob Ward, and St. Saviour with the addition of Raluca Kovacs.

Deputy-elect Porée was the first black politician to be elected in Jersey, while Raluca Kovacs is the first Romanian

Reflecting on the party's election performance on the night, Deputy Ward commented: "Double digits. 50:50 men and women. 20% of the States. The first woman of colour. The first Romanian.

"Reform is the true party of inclusion and diversity. Reform is the way forward."

Successful candidates have until 17:00 on Monday 27 June to nominate one of their fellow politicians for the role of Chief Minister.

The States Assembly will hold their first meeting on Tuesday 5 July to choose the Chief Minister.


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Posted by Jon Jon on
Because Reform doubled their members to ten means nothing.Interesting how the States vote for him,but let’s be realistic had most of their candidates and Mézec stood Island wide vote ,they would struggle to elected.Moore had highest amount of votes but again not Island wide only out West.Bailhache has most experience.
Posted by alexander stewart on
Well done to everyone who voted.
Posted by Frale Le Pre on
Kristina Moore's party won 4 seats.
Philip Bailhache's coalition won 3 seats.
Reform were elected in 10 constituencies.
Reform received more votes than the other parties
So who, logically, should be Chief Minister now?
Posted by Tom Hirundo on
Deputy Kristina Moore has the strongest mandate to be the new Chief Minister. She was in effect the Leader of the Opposition in the last States Assembly and her comprehensive demolition of the previous Government has been endorsed by the electorate at this election. Over years, Kristina Moore has shown stamina, consistency, the capacity for leadership and also for listening. She is a superb communicator. She saw - before most - the damaging and reprehensible impact of the changes and culture introduced by Charlie Parker and she called these out. She has made her case to be the Chief Minister with a distinctiveness that no other candidate has achieved. Kristina Moore deserves the opportunity to lead and to serve.
Posted by Peter Richardson on
Welcome to the new SOJ members. I always thought that the Alliance Party was the kiss of death for its candidates and so it almost was. Lack of experience worries me for the islands future, but we will have some interesting and controversial (progressive) laws in the next four years. If you don't like them there's always a boat in the morning, as they used to say.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Fraie,Reform weren't elected in 10 constituencies ,1 being St Saviour,1 being St Brelade,then 2 constituencies in St Helier ,so that's 4 constituencies.
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