Since being appointed Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture and Deputy Chief Minister in 2018, I have worked  on behalf of all islanders, during one of the most challenging periods in recent history, to ensure Jersey remains resilient, safe and fiscally secure.  

My key focus during the pandemic has been on protecting our health, our economy and preserving islanders’ jobs and livelihoods.  

In my role as a minister, I have represented the island overseas at the highest political levels, defending and promoting our interests, and strengthening our relationships with other countries and jurisdictions.  

My key priorities for the next term of office are:    

  • tackling sharp rises in the cost of living;  
  • resolving the housing affordability crisis;  
  • rebuilding our economy – making improvements in productivity and ensuring economic success is not measured in terms of GDP alone, but also in relation to our quality of life and wellbeing, as represented in the Better Life Index, so that we can achieve greater equity in household income distribution and improve the lives of islanders; 
  • building on skills and education – provide new opportunities in training and education for people of all ages so that they have the flexibility to retrain or improve their skills and progress in their chosen career; 
  • our hospital – getting it built to deliver the best possible health facilities for future generations of islanders; 
  • to further protect and value our natural environment through conservation, protection and sustainable resource management and energy provision;  
  • to implement careful management of the public sector, smaller government and prudent management of our finances so that Jersey remains fiscally strong. 
  • to ask the new States Assembly to introduce an island-wide mandate for all States members, with the exception of Connétables, by 2026. 

We will face significant challenges during the next term of office and it is therefore, important for islanders to elect a States Assembly that is both representative of our community and which contains the skills and experience necessary to deal with the challenges that lie ahead.  

The new States Assembly will require a combination of fresh thinking together with highly experienced people with a strong record of tackling serious and difficult challenges.  

I would like islanders to feel valued.  My aim is for the people of Jersey to feel positive about their island and themselves, to have confidence about our future and our financial security.   

Whilst I believe the removal of the island-wide mandate was an error of judgement by the current Assembly, I am very much looking forward to representing St Mary, St Peter and my home parish of St Ouen, if elected. 

My aim is to be the best possible representative and to continue to serve our community, uphold our Parish system and island identity and work to secure Jersey’s future success and wellbeing. 

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