09 April 2018
Senator Andrew Green, the Minister for Health and Social Services, has today (Monday 9 April) announced that he will not be seeking re-election in May.
Senator Green was appointed to the ministerial post on 6 November 2014, and is also Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of the States Employment Board. He was elected Deputy of St Helier No 3 in 2008 and again in 2011, and was elected Senator in 2014.
He said: "There is no single reason why I have decided not to stand for a fourth term, but I have three substantial roles and regularly work 80-hour weeks. I would happily continue for one more year if that were possible in order to see the completion of a number of projects, but a further four years, by which time I would be 71, would be too great a commitment.
"I am pleased with the progress of Jersey's mental health laws, which are expected to be debated today (Monday 9 April), and the organ donation legislation, which is also coming before the States. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are moving to new premises shortly, and the revised planning application for the new hospital has been approved by the project team.
"By standing down now I shall be able to devote more time to two other roles about which I am passionate. The first is as national chairman of Headway UK; the other is as grandparent to two wonderful young people."
Senator Green will continue to be Minister for Health and Social Services until 1 June when the new members are sworn in and he ceases to be a Senator. At that point, ministerial responsibility will revert to the Chief Minister, until a new Minister for Health and Social Services is elected on 7 or 8 June.
The handover of ministerial responsibility
Senator Green will remain Minister for Health and Social Services until 1 June when he will cease to be a Senator. From 1 June ministerial responsibility will revert to the Chief Minister.
The States Assembly will elect a Chief Minister-designate on 4 June, and a new Minister for Health and Social Services will be elected on 7 or 8 June.
- Under Article 5 of the States of Jersey Law, Senators and Deputies remain in office until their place is filled by their successor taking the oath of office. Any Senator or Deputy retiring at the forthcoming election will therefore formally remain a Senator or Deputy until 1 June 2018, when new members will be sworn in.
- Under Article 21(3) of the States of Jersey Law, any Minister (apart from the Chief Minister) ceases to hold office if they cease to be an elected member. If a Minister is retiring at the forthcoming election they will therefore formally remain Minister until 1 June 2018.
- The Chief Minister is not included in those provisions of Article 21(3). Under Article 21(1), the Chief Minister remains in position until the new Chief Minister is appointed. Under Article 19(7), the new Chief Minister is formally appointed once every Minister on the Council of Ministers has been selected by the States. If the current Chief Minister were retiring at the forthcoming election, he would therefore remain in position until the new Council of Ministers was formed (at the Assembly's meeting on 7 or 8 June 2018, depending on how long it takes). In the period from 1 June 2018 until that point, he would remain Chief Minister even though he wasn't an elected member.
- Under Article 27(2), the Chief Minister may discharge the functions of another Minister if there is vacancy in the office of that Minister; or the Chief Minister can designate another Minister to perform those functions. If a Minister ceased to hold that ministerial position on 1 June 2018 because they had retired as an elected member, the Chief Minister would therefore be able to discharge those functions – even if the Chief Minister were themselves no longer an elected member – or they would be able to designate another Minister who had not retired to discharge those functions during that period.
- Ministers who are successfully re-elected will remain in their ministerial position until the 7 or 8 June when the Assembly will select ministers.