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Home Affairs Minister is to seek a Senatorial seat

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THE Home Affairs Minister is to seek a Senatorial seat in the upcoming election.

Home Affairs Minister Kristina Moore

Deputy Kristina Moore will vacate her St Peter seat to stand for an Islandwide mandate and said tackling the economy, environment and community would be among her core focuses for her campaign.

She added that she also wanted to play a key role in the overhaul of government which has begun to be ushered in as a result of last year’s Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report.

Deputy Moore said: ‘The main policy focus during my term has been to deliver improvements for victims of crime and abuse and to prevent such crimes from happening through greater education.

‘Facilities such as the Sexual Assault Referral Centre have opened and the Criminal Procedures Law has been agreed in principle, updating a law that was adopted over 150 years ago. Later this month I will be asking the Assembly to adopt a new Sexual Offences Law. This brings our legislation up to modern standards and thinking, tackling issues such as gender and consent.’

Deputy Moore was first elected as St Peter Deputy in 2011 before being re-elected in 2014 and elected Home Affairs Minister.

She added: ‘We have welcomed the biggest fundamental challenge brought by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. We have begun to make critical investments in our social infrastructure, particularly in Children’s Services. I want to ensure that the work that has begun will be completed, and that is why I am seeking an Islandwide mandate.

‘We have worked hard on the issues relating to Brexit and stand prepared for the changes that will bring.

‘This is a time for optimism and a time to recognise that there are many good things about Jersey life, but we can always be better.

‘Now we have the leadership in place in the public sector to resolve issues of accountability and efficiency that many have called for over recent years. I would like to use the experience I have gained to make further positive contributions to help embed the changes that are required.’

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