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Thursday 07 July 2022

Reform Jersey claims "no dialogue" over Ministerial roles

Thursday 07 July 2022

Reform Jersey has claimed there has been "no dialogue to actively explore options" for any of their members to hold Ministerial roles within the new Chief Minister's government - contrary to comments made by Deputy Kristina Moore.

In a statement issued at 17:30, the party - which doubled its number of States Members to 10 in the election - said its members had not been chosen as preferred candidates for any ministerial roles despite "making it clear that they are willing to work collaboratively."

However, Deputy Moore tweeted earlier today that the party did not wish to take on any Ministerial roles.

The Chief Minister-designate revealed her preferred slate of Ministers yesterday, which included six newcomers and two Ministers of the previous Council of Ministers.

Reform Jersey responded this evening:

"Throughout the election campaign and since then, Reform Jersey has made it clear that we were willing to play a role in government whether we were leading it or not. Our Party Leader, Deputy Sam Mézec has publicly stated in media interviews that he would be willing to serve in a role other than Chief Minister, and that our members would seek to serve wherever they can be most effective.

"Since the Chief Minister Designate was elected by the States Assembly on Tuesday, no dialogue to actively explore options for serving in government has taken place between the Chief Minister Designate and members of Reform Jersey's parliamentary party, despite Reform Jersey members making it clear that they are willing to work collaboratively.

"We respect the decision made by the States Assembly, which gave Deputy Moore as Chief Minister Designate the right to nominate her preferred slate of ministers. The States Assembly will have the opportunity to confirm or amend this next week.

"We will continue to work constructively in the States Assembly towards the best outcomes for our constituents and the Island. Reform Jersey members were elected on the basis of a clear manifesto based on equality, sustainability and accountability. We will pursue the pledges made in this, in whatever roles we now take in the Assembly."

The party is yet to state which positions - if any - it will contest.

There has been speculation that former teacher and Scrutineer, Deputy Rob Ward, may challenge for the role of Education Minister, for which Deputy Inna Gardiner has been put forward.

This afternoon, Deputy Gardiner published an article on her website, setting out her experience with children and education.

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Posted by Dave Mathews on
I have never seen an appointment of a new Chief Minister create so much excitement followed by disappointment within 24 hours. Some of KM's selections for Ministerial positions beggar belief when you look at past records. One particular is causing mayhem for some voters. But Reform Jersey should have some kind of role even if KM's team find it difficult to swallow. Otherwise this is not a new start but moore of the same of keeping the Left and arms length.....
Posted by Lesley Ricketts on
More of the same from our new CM. Such a shame she is not listening to the electorate.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Dave is correct, at the moment Moore has a grin from ear to ear, certainly most of her preferred choice of ministers are quite mind blowing, most we have no idea how they will act as politicians let alone being a minister in charge of a department .I'm not a fan of Mezzec,but he should of probably been given a position on the big table, because simply she will know what is like being on the other side, when knives are out for her as she did for Le Fondre and Co,she was like a child that hadn't been invited to the party the way she acted sometimes, and reason why I wouldn't of voted for her again if there had been an island wide election.
Posted by SueDe Gruchy30 on
I am not usually minded to comment on political matters but the amount of votes that Reform achieved leads me to the thought that they deserve a position at the decision-making " table"
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