Minister to Stand Down at Next Election
Monday 9 April 09:00
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.
States of Jersey Press Release.