Jersey’s Education Minister has announced that she won’t be standing for re-election in 2022 and called this the worst term ever.
Senator Tracey Vallois, who’s cut a frustrated figure on social media recently, has been a sitting States member since 2008.
Well that’s ok because I won’t be standing again— Tracey Vallois (@TAVallois) February 22, 2020
The former St Saviour and St John Deputy topped the Senatorial polls in 2018 – but it’s been far from plain sailing since then.
She stood down as Deputy Chief Minister after less than six months and has also been an outspoken critic of the influence of civil servants and of the government’s ‘Efficiencies Programme’ - refusing £1.8 million of savings planned for her department.
Senator Vallois revealed over the weekend that she won’t be standing again in 2022 – and called this 'the worst term she’s ever served as a States Member'.
It’s the worst term I’ve ever served as a states member so yes, it’s that bad— Tracey Vallois (@TAVallois) February 22, 2020
In exchanges with islanders on Twitter, the Minister said she’s always been treated in a respectable way prior to 2018 – and that she won’t lie or falsify a position just because she’s a member of a bureaucracy that doesn’t serve the population effectively.
I’m actually quite used to all the comments whether factual or not. My shoulders are quite broad and my skin is extremely thick so please don’t underestimate this. It’s when you want to make a difference and those you rely on are the one that bulky and ridicule you— Tracey Vallois (@TAVallois) February 22, 2020
Thank you. Honestly that’s means so much but I’m not sure there will be much left of me after this term of office. I will continue to fight for what I believe and those who I engage and work with believe but there is only so much you can do. Again, thank you x— Tracey Vallois (@TAVallois) February 24, 2020
Channel 103 has made repeated attempts to contact Senator Tracey Vallois, but she has so far not responded.
I will keep silent and let people make their own minds up— Tracey Vallois (@TAVallois) February 22, 2020