Le Fondré ready to challenge for the role of Chief Minister

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The politician, who stood down as St Lawrence Deputy to seek an Islandwide mandate, came third with 14,214 votes and polled strongly in every parish.

And the Senator-elect said that he would be more than happy to work with the man he would like to replace as Chief Minister – Senator Ian Gorst – who he would like to see become the next External Relations Minister.

Senator-elect Le Fondré said that he believed his appeal amongst the electorate stemmed from his political experience and long track record as a States Member for more than 12 years.

‘I am one of the longest serving Members, I have worked on both sides in the States – I have experience in the executive side in Treasury and in the Chief Minister’s Department,’ he said.

‘On the Scrutiny side I have chaired the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel. On the international side I have worked on the British and Irish Council and that has been very interesting with Brexit going on.

‘I think that External Relations is going to be a very important issue for Jersey going forward. I would like us to work on our relations with France – that will help us build relations with Belgium, Switzerland and with the former eastern bloc countries as well.’

Speaking about his desire to take the top job in politics, Senator-elect Le Fondré said he thought a ‘new pair of hands’ was needed to lead the Island.

‘I think that really someone serving two terms as Chief Minister is enough,’ he said.

‘I think that Ian [Gorst] would do very well as External Relations Minister, which will be a very important role with Brexit. I think that we could work together.’

He added that he would also be happy for Senator-elect Tracey Vallois to take the role of Education Minister as part of his ministerial team.

The Senator-elect said that as Chief Minister he would try to improve communication within the States.

‘The biggest problem has been with communication – to the Council of Ministers and then to the States Members and then to Scrutiny,’ he said. ‘That is something that needs major work and I think we need a different pair of hands to achieve that.’

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