The first step is over. We now have a formal race for the seats of Deputy for St Lawrence.

 I was proposed by St Lawrence’s previous Chef de Police, Nicola Parker-Buckle but as she was off-island yesterday, Dave Pittom, one of my seconders, presented me by reading a small speech Nicola had prepared and adding some kind words of his own.

I felt this was not the time to start talking about politics as I had a lot of gratitude to express for my supporters and instead concentrated on thanking my proposer and seconders for their incredible help. They didn’t just give me a signature, their confidence in me and their encouragements were quite overwhelming. I also  tried to show my appreciation to my fiancée Amy, without whom none of this would be happening but I am sure I fell short of what she actually deserved.

Our most defining trait is that we are a small community in an enclosed space and we should embrace this instead of trying to ignore it. There are only 3899 registered electors in St Lawrence and I hope to meet every single one of them face to face so they can present me with their problems and expectations as well as learn about me. It is not in me to make generic, wide ranging, and ultimately empty promises.

As an independent candidate I am hoping to uphold Jersey true democracy by bringing your voices to the States Chamber rather than the orders of a party chairman.

This is the choice for St Lawrence: Kirsten Morel, Gregory Guida or the Reform candidate Sarah Westwater.

We are organising hustings at the Parish Hall on the 2nd of May at 19:00 and at St Matthew’s Church Hall on the 5th of May at 15:00 (the latter to be confirmed).