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Deputy CM And Scrutiny President Appointed

Deputy Kirsten Morel has been appointed as Jersey's Deputy Chief Minister.

The Economic Development Minister will be in charge when Deputy Kristina Moore is unavailable.

He topped the polls in St John, St Lawrence and Trinity in last month's election.

Deputy Morel was first elected in 2018 and has previously served as an Assistant Minister.

The States Assembly met today for the last time before the summer recess to elect members of scrutiny panels and committees.

Deputy Sam Mézec will lead Scrutiny after being chosen as the next President of the Scrutiny Liaison Committee.

The Reform Jersey leader was chosen ahead of Deputy Moz Scott.

Members of the party have taken up Scrutiny roles after Deputy Mézec's bid to become Chief Minister failed.

He says he can make a positive difference during these important times.

"With many challenges lying ahead of us, it's vitally important that Scrutiny serves its constitutional function of acting as a critical friend of the government and holding Ministers to account.

We'll have our work cut out for us, given the issues that are likely to hit our agenda very quickly.

The Scrutiny Liaison Committee will have to work together as a team to ensure that collectively, we have everything covered by our panels or by establishing review panels as and when it is appropriate, depending on the subject.

We must be open to the contribution of all non-executive members and take a proactive approach in our investigations and evidence-gathering.

We do so not by acting as an official opposition to the government, but by being objective, open, and constructive."

Other Scrutiny panels and committees have now got their teams sorted:

Privileges and Procedures Committee

Chair: Constable Karen Shenton-Stone.

Non-ministerial members: Deputy Carina Alves, Deputy Mary Le Hegarat and Deputy Lyndon Farnham.

Ministerial members: Deputy Lucy Stephenson and Deputy Malcolm Ferey.

Public Accounts Committee

Chair: Deputy Lyndsay Feltham.

Members: Deputy Max Andrews and Deputy Tom Coles.

Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel

Chair: Deputy Sam Mezec.

Members: Deputy Max Andrews and Deputy Carina Alves.

Economic and International Affairs Scrutiny Panel

Chair: Deputy Moz Scott.

Members: Deputy Max Andrews and Deputy Raluca Kovacs.

Children, Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel

Chair: Deputy Catherine Curtis.

Member: Deputy Beatriz Porée.

Environment, Housing and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel

Chair: Deputy Steve Luce.

Members: Constable Mike Jackson, Deputy Rob Ward and Deputy Mary Le Hegarat.

Health and Social Security Scrutiny Panel

Chair: Deputy Geoff Southern.

Members: Deputy Barbara Ward, Deputy Beatriz Porée and Deputy Philip Bailhache.

Planning Committee

Chair: Constable Philip Le Sueur

Members: Deputy Steve Luce, Deputy Mary Le Hegarat, Constable Marcus Troy, Constable Kevin Lewis, Deputy Tom Coles, Constable Deidre Mezbourian, Deputy Andy Howell, Constable Richard Honeycombe and Deputy Alex Curtis.

Other

Constable Philip Le Sueur and Deputy Steve Ahier have been appointed as States Commissioners of the Jersey Overseas Aid Commision.

Deputy Philip Bailhache and Deputy Barbara Ward have become members of the States Employment Board.

Constable David Johnson was chosen ahead of Deputy Lyndon Farnham to be the member to represent the States of Jersey in the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly. Deputy Rob Ward will be the Associate Member.

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