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Chief Minister of Jersey

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The Chief Minister of Jersey (French: Premier Ministre de Jersey) is the head of government of Jersey, leading the Council of Ministers. The head of government is not directly elected by the people but rather by the legislature (the States of Jersey).

The post was created by reforms to the machinery of government to change from a consensus style of government by committee of the whole States of Jersey to a system of cabinet government under a Chief Minister.

List of former Chief Ministers of Jersey

Portrait Name Term of office
1 Frank Walker 8 December 2005 12 December 2008
2 Terry Le Sueur 12 December 2008 18 November 2011

2005 election

The first Chief Minister of Jersey was elected on 5 December 2005 following the Jersey elections, 2005.

Two candidates were nominated on 1 December 2005:

In a secret ballot on Monday, 5 December 2005, the States of Jersey elected Senator Walker to be the first Chief Minister in Jersey history, receiving 38 votes to Senator Syvret's 14 votes of support, an unsurprising result for the latter who considered himself the underdog (a concern he had expressed during the preceding weekend in an interview with Channel Television).

2008 election

Senator Terry Le Sueur was elected Chief Minister on 8 December 2008 following the Jersey general election, 2008.[1]

In a secret ballot, the States of Jersey voted for Senator Le Sueur with 36 votes. The only other challenger, Senator Alan Breckon, received 17 votes.

2011 election

Chief Ministerial candidates Senator Ian Gorst and Senator Sir Philip Bailhache on 14 November 2011, just before the vote.

Senator Ian Gorst was elected Chief Minister in an open ballot on 14 November 2011, beating Senator Sir Philip Bailhache 27 votes to 24. He nominated his preferred candidates for ministerial office on 16 November 2011,[2] and took office as Chief Minister following the completion of elections of ministers on 18 November 2011.[3]


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  • Coverage from BBC Radio Jersey

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