St Brelade Deputy aims for role of Constable

ST BRELADE Deputy Sarah Ferguson is to stand down from her position in the parish's No 1 District in order to run for Constable in November.

So far she is the only candidate to put herself forward for the position which is being vacated by Max de la Haye who is retiring from the post after six years.

First elected in 2002, Deputy Ferguson has served on a number of major committees, including Employment and Social Security and Health and Social Services, and is president of the Shadow Public Accounts Committee.

She says that in three years 'there has never been a quiet moment'.

She said she believed passionately in the parish system, and rejected any suggestion that the Constables' role in the States was in jeopardy - she was particularly scathing of the Clothier Report of 2000, which recommended the removal of the Constables from the States.

'I think the parish system is an intrinsic part of Jersey's cultural heritage and absolutely essential because of the way it has supported our way of life,' she said.

'The Constables may not always make a visible contribution, but they are a powerful source of scrutiny.'

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