I was first sworn into the States Assembly on my birthday on 12th December 2002, after winning an election to become Deputy of Grouville. I have been returned to office in 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2018, and 2022
As a Minister and Deputy I try to split my workload into three areas: States Assembly duties, Ministerial and other Government responsibilities, and my Constituency work. Some of the Propositions I have brought forward and issues I have taken up on behalf of my constituents are listed below. I have also linked to a few of my Speeches to give you an indication of what I care most about as a representative and legislator.
On domestic issues I have championed Jersey’s Culture and heritage, and promoted renewable energy and green initiatives. I have campaigned on behalf of the deaf community, and worked to increase the representation of women in public life. I fought for fairness and transparency for foreshore homeowners, helped keep Jersey fishermen in business, and successfully ensured our Freedom of Information rights now extend to numerous States-controlled bodies like Andium, SoJDC and Ports.
I have also consistently done my best to promote Jersey on the world stage – something which I believe will be even more crucial in these uncertain years to come as we re-assess our relationship with the UK and Europe in a post-Brexit era. Elected by the Assembly as Jersey’s first Minister for International Development, I have reformed and professionalised our aid programme, playing to the Island’s strengths with partnerships with the UN, Comic Relief, the RJA&HS, Durrell and the Finance Sector. Meanwhile, as Chair the Jersey Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association I have nurtured Jersey’s links with the Commonwealth family. I developed our branch’s first Strategic Plan, reformed the way we work, and championed the representation of women in Commonwealth legislatures.