Senator Ian Le Marquand is half way through his elected term and not required to be re-elected during the current election to take place on 19 October.
He has declared that he intends to put forward his name to be Chief Minister when the new States assembly is formed and if successful would give up his current office as Minister for Home Affairs which administers Police, Prison, Fire/Emergency, Immigration and Customs matters.
Unlike current Chief Minister Terry Le Sueur, who maintains a “Trappist Monk” like refusal to communicate, Senator Le Marquand has generally been approachable and has always allowed video recording by the public or bloggers of his appearances before scrutiny panels. Most other Ministers and all civil servants refuse such permission.
To date, Senator Le Marquand is the only certain candidate for the Chief Minister’s job although Senator Ozouf is almost certain to run if he survives the current critical examination of his role, as Treasury Minister, in the Lime Grove House transaction failure.
It is significant that Lime Grove House was to be purchased as new Police HQ accommodation and that Senator Ozouf is not Senator Le Marquand’s favourite political person.
Here, in 70 minutes or so of video interview, Senator Le Marquand is afforded the chance to explain how he has performed in three years as Home Affairs Minister, of his views and policies on many matters and his aspirations to be Chief Minister.
As always, it is hoped that the interview will stimulate discussion at this particularly important time in the political calendar and inform candidates and voters during the election proceedings.
The interview is split into 6 parts:
1 - Achievements at Home Affairs review. Lime Grove House. Prison and repatriation of prisoners etc
2 - Sex Offenders register, Vetting & Barring, Information gathering and Data protection, Chief Minister’s role and oversight of police, Curtis Warren
3 - Police funding, corrupt police, Police law and Authority, Stuart Syvret, political interference
4 - Finance industry, Faith, money laundering
5 - Chief Ministerial role cont’d, Jersey Independence, Non-Discrimination and Human Rights
6 - Child abuse/HDLG, Children’s Rights, Ministerial role, Verita.