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You are in: Jersey > Inside the States > Election > Basics > 21 stand for Senator

21 stand for Senator

There are 21 candidates hoping to take one of the six Senatorial seats up for grabs next month.

Nomination Meeting

The Comité des Connétables presided

On 15 October 2008 the island will go to the polls to elect six new Senators, nine Constables and to vote on whether we should move the clocks forward an hour or not.

At a nomination meeting for the Senatorial candidates on 16 September, 21 people put their name forward in the hope of being elected with an island wide mandate.

Below you will find links to the audio manifestos recorded by each candidate for BBC Jersey as well as a transcript and mp3 file you can download.

We have also created a pdf file (750k) you can download and print with all the candidates manifestos in one place.

Download the Manifestos (pdf) >

In alphabetical order - the candidates standing for election in the 2008 Senatorial elections are:

Alan Breckon

Alan Breckon

Alan Breckon

Deputy Alan Breckon of St Saviour has been in his current role for fifteen years and has a special interest in social justice and fair play.

He's the Chair of the Health, Social Security and Housing Scrutiny Panel and also the Chair of the Consumer Council, a group he helped set up more than a decade ago.

Deputy Breckon was an opponent of GST and says if he becomes a Senator he'll continue to push for the tax to be removed from food.

Read Alan Breckon's Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Cliff Le Clercq

Cliff Le Clercq

Cliff le Clercq

Cliff Le Clercq was born and brought up in Jersey and says he's got a passion and desire for his birthplace to remain a special place.

He's a psychotherapist who often works with people with alcohol and addiction problems, which his proposer said proves he's compassionate.

Read Cliff Le Clercq's Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Nick Le Cornu

Nick Le Cornu

Nick le Cornu

Nick Le Cornu, a founding member of pressure group Time4Change, believes there's a crisis of public confidence in the government and that policies not personalities should count.

As a lawyer he says he understands the importance of the finance industry and would like to see political, economic and social reform.

Read Nick Le Cornu's Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson

St Brelade's Deputy Sarah Ferguson is a former engineer who joined the States after a number of years as an honorary police officer, a system she supports.  She's the only woman standing for Senator in this election.

Deputy Ferguson is the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee for three years and wants better financial management of States funding, and would like to see the income support system reviewed.

She also believes there are still people falling through the education system and would like to see more emphasis placed on teaching basic skills.

Read Sarah Fergusons Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Mark Forskitt

Mark Forskitt

Mark Forskitt

Mark Forskitt is a member of the 2020 group, who already has political experience as a former county councillor in the UK.

He's opposed to an increase in population saying Jersey needs to strike the right balance between growth and sustainability. He believes it's vital to protect the environment and the island's open spaces.

Read Mark Forskitts Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Mike Higgins

Mike Higgins

Mike Higgins

Mike Higgins is perhaps best known as the organiser of the Jersey International Air Display, an event he believes probably brings more tourists to the island than any other.

He believes there is a need for change in the government because while the States pass some good things and some bad, there is also a lot that never gets done.

Read Mike Higgins Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Alan Maclean

Alan Maclean

Alan Maclean

Senatorial candidate Deputy Alan Maclean says his current role as Assistant Minister for Economic Development means he responsibility for the airport and harbours.

He claims Jersey has benefited from the introduction of low cost airlines he helped secure, that he's expanded ferry routes and helped introduce the Jersey Boat Show.

Read Alan Macleans Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Jeremy Macon

Jeremy Macon

Jeremy Macon

Twenty-one year-old Jeremy Macon is the youngest candidate standing for Senator.

He has wanted a career in politics since sixteen and especially wants to give the youth in Jersey a voice that truly understands them and their issues.

Read Jeremy Macon Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Ian Le Marquand

Ian Le Marquand

Ian le Marquand

Former chief magistrate Ian Le Marquand is also standing for Senator. He believes his work as an advocate and magistrate has made him an expert on social issues and law and order.

His proposer said Mr Le Marquand has a keen sense of justice and can communicate with people from all walks of life.

Read Ian Le Marquand Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Philip Ozouf

Philip Ozouf

Philip Ozouf

Philip Ozouf joined the States in 1999 when he was voted in as a deputy for St Helier, then six years ago he became a Senator.

He's the Minister for Economic Development and believes some of his greatest achievements have been in developing the tourism industry, notably through securing funding for the Battle of Flowers and creating new airlinks for the island.

Senator Ozouf supports government reform and says if he is re-elected he is keen to work on more cultural and social projects.

Read Philip Ozouf Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Nick Palmer

Nick Palmer

Nick Palmer

Nick Palmer, another member of the 2020 group, has a special interest in the environment and works with the Jersey Conservation Volunteer organisation.

He strongly opposes plans for a new incinerator and would propose a cleaner and greener option if he were elected as Senator.

Read Nick Palmer Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Mick Pashley

Mick Pashley

Mick Pashley

Mick Pashley has lived in Jersey for ten years and wants to give back to the island he now calls home.

He believes Jersey needs greater diversity in the economy because it's too reliant on finance.

He would like to see more cheaper events to attract tourists to the island, for Jersey's football team to play in a UK league and more facilities for young artists and musicians. He supports civil partnerships for same-sex couples.

Read Mick Pashley's Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins has worked in education, finance and the environment. He is the former chair of pressure group Concern and supports a public inquiry into the proposed incinerator.

Mr Perkins doesn't think population growth is the answer to the problems caused by an ageing society.

Read Chris Perkins Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Trevor Pitman

Trevor Pitman

Trevor Pitman

Trevor Pitman, the second JDA candidate standing for Senator, is a youth and community development worker and wants to support young people through affordable homes and education opportunities.

Mr Pitman was proposed last night by seventeen year-old Laetitia Prior who said the current government doesn't listen to islanders.

Read Trevor Pitmans Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Paul Routier

Paul Routier

Paul Routier

Senator Paul Routier, the Minister for Social Security, is also seeking re-election. He too joined the States as a deputy nine years ago and became a Senator in 2002.

He's proud of developing and overseeing the move from parish welfare to the new income support system, dropping prescription charges and getting legislation passed which gave workers benefits like the minimum wage.

He says if he was given another term as Senator he will continue to focus on social and health issues and thinks in particular long term care for the elderly needs to be looked at.

Read Paul Routiers Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Geoff Southern

Geoff Southern

Geoff Southern

Another deputy seeking a seat as senator is Deputy Geoff Southern, standing for the Jersey Democratic Alliance.

He believes after seven years in the States he has a wide range of expertise and during his time as a St Helier deputy has campaigned to keep free school milk and was an opponent of the GST.

He is also chair of the Economic Affairs Scrutiny panel and stands for reform. His proposer described him last night as a champion of the underdogs.

Read Geoff Southerns Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Montfort Tadier

Montfort Tadier

Montfort Tadier

Monfort Tadier is a member of the group Time4Change, he's campaigned against the introduction of GST and is concerned States spending is not controlled.

He opposes the new waste plant at La Collette and calls for more transparency in the government.

Read Montfort Tadiers Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Peter Troy

Peter Troy

Peter Troy

Peter Troy became a Deputy for St Brelade nine years ago and is the Assistant Minister for Social Security and the Vice President of the Overseas Aid Commission.

He says one of his best achievements in the States was to introduce a carers' allowance. He's also a supporter of reform and was instrumental in amending the structure of question time in the States.

If he wins a Senatorial seat he says he'll argue for a smaller incinerator than the current plans suggest, and would like to see a co-ordinated recycling scheme including island wide doorstop collection.

Read Peter Troy's Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Mike Vibert

Mike Vibert

Mike Vibert

Mike Vibert spent 12 years in the States, and recently negotiated free nursery places for pre-school children and said he's proud of the exam results Jersey students get.

He would put together a ten-year Education plan if he's re-elected and he believes although reading levels in primary schools have improved there's still more work to be done.

Read Mike Viberts Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Adrian Walsh

Adrian Walsh

Adrian Walsh

Adrian Walsh is an analyst for a Jersey bank and runs the political online forum Planet Jersey. He would like to see more free child-care to allow mother's to return to work sooner.

Mr Walsh also says he would like to see a change in the law to give more help for small businesses.

Read Adrian Walsh's Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

Daniel Wimberley

Daniel Wimberley

Daniel Wimberley

Daniel Wimberley set up a local cycle tour company, was chair of Christian Aid in the island and helped launch the Jersey Fairtrade Group.

He believes there needs to be a new relationship between the government and the people and wants islanders to reduce their impact on the environment.

Read Daniel Wimberley's Manifesto >
Download the manifesto as an mp3 >
Listen to the manifesto now >

There are two types of audio links available for each candidate - you can either use the Listen to the manifesto now link to hear it streamed with Real Player or the Download link to put it on your computer as an mp3 file.

last updated: 03/10/2008 at 13:29
created: 17/09/2008

Have Your Say

Please do not mention candidates in your comments as this is not a platform for electioneering.

The BBC reserves the right to edit comments submitted.

mummyg
lets have a revolution and be done with it, bring out the guns and shoot the old lot down, may be going a little far, so instead lets get some newbies in lets face it they cant be much worse than the lot we have at the minute. i dont usualy vote but by god i will this time, get the bu***rs out i say. vote vote vote

JTM
I would actually avoid the candidates who have gone down the road of attacking others. We need team players. People that can get along. Lone Rangers that cannot work or stand others will not make any change and lets be real, we have seen thwm fail to achieve anything before.But I personally think we will see some new faces this time though and all the people standing have given it their best shot so far.

stretch
The need to vote all SENATOR OUT OF OFFICE. An bring in new blood,whit fresh i deal.

Mr Vautier
Too many candidates I agree but the usual will happen smug senator will get back in you know who.

Establishment rep will get in guaranteed you know who again.

A way to guarantee a large turnout would be to give everyone who voted a fiver which would cost about four hundred grand, chicken feed when compared to past blunders Les Pas for example.

You might laugh at this but if a large number voted the outcome would be very different as the majority would vote against the establishment instead of the majority of the establishment voting.

Dave
Time for change - I wish.There is not 1 candidate here who seems to be of the calibre we need in the States of Jersey at the moment. And none who will stand by there promises, if elected. Come back Guy Fawkes.

Debby
here are hardly any people here worth voting for. Even a couple of the newer people aren't worth a vote when they use child abuse for political point scoring. I cannot see any change in these elections.

Ryan (Host)
I.Question - we have invited each of the candidates to record a three minute manifesto for us - we will be publishing that audio and a transcript on 01 October 2008.

I.Question
The above profile's of the 21 are about as informative and bland as wanna-be footballers blagging about how they should be selected for there country.

I dribble and swivel and duck and dive like no other driveller, yes i'am the best driveller for you, my only concern.

Come on chap's, for you to run our lives we need to know a good deal more about you, like what what you represent, all your views on the very serious issues of the last few years, there are enough to wet most voters election buds.

You have internet sites like this one. Use them to detail your whole profile, background,education, employment history, any privious convictions, etc,ect.

Today 2008 to secure any employment,never mind the top positions in politic's.

The more we know about you and your view's, The more interest you may attract.

Ryan (Host)
Concened - very good point - our new election guide has links to the main local forums. I've added the rest to this page. Thanks

Concened
How come the BBC only list 1 forum for related sites?I think its wrong to list a site which is biased plus owned by a candidate !! Why not list other "non-biased" sites?

peebles
To answer Mike's query, all of the existing States members standing for senator voted for GST except Deputies Breckon and Southern

Mike Hassle
I just turned 16, but just too late to vote. My family will not be voting for anyone who voted for GST. Can anyone tell me which of the existing lot voted for it?

James Johnson
I cannot vote this time as I just turned 16 two days ago, but my family will not be voting for any of the GST lot or anyone who voted for the incinerator. We will vote green, yellow and maybe even for Red Trev

Red Rag
Mike, I think you are confusing representation of the community - which all the candidates (I hope) would wish to do, with having a token representative from the various minority parts of our community.No-one has prevented an immigrant, single mother or handicapped person from standing - and no-one can force them to stand.

Peter Piper
Strange how these 21 have to fight for 6 seats, when only 4 of the constables even have to contest an election! Something is wrong here. I will only vote for the reformers. Let's get this sorted like in Guernsey

bruce
this time there really is a chance for change ... if you don't vote you can't complain ...

Marx
Communism! Workers of the world UNITE

joe
its time for change lets have some new faces and those with a social concience.

Carl
Mike, why does a candidate have to be an immigrant, a minority, a mother, to represent them? That's discrimination and bias in itself!

Mike
"Great" list: 20 blokes, one women. Representing who? No representation of immigrants and minorities, that is those people who do all the work (for little money and no rights) that those represented by the candidates do not want to do. No representation of mothers who can not work in Jersey (no statutory maternity leave, unaffordable child care etc). Democracy? Happy voting...

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