Lawyer seeks seat in St Helier

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AN EMPLOYMENT lawyer and former St Helier Deputy is seeking a return to the States Assembly – eight years after losing his seat.

Nick Le Cornu will be vying for one of the four seats in the St Helier South constituency as an independent candidate.

He was elected in a 2014 by-election but failed to regain his seat at the general election seven months later following a backlash surrounding a controversial tweet.

He stood again in a 2016 Senatorial by-election and again in 2018 but was unsuccessful.

Mr Le Cornu has regularly represented workers at employment tribunals and said that he would be campaigning for ‘social justice in Jersey’ if he were to be elected on 22 June.

He said: ‘I never wavered in my commitment to promoting the social and economic interests of working people and pensioners.

‘I have the same enthusiasm as when I was first elected to the States Assembly in 2014. That dedication is evident in my continued representation of employees as a solicitor in the Employment Tribunal, where I have achieved success with race and disability discrimination cases.

‘Last month I brought my Ukrainian relatives to Jersey and safety from the front line of Russian invasion. Islanders and institutions have shown incredible generosity assisting these three women.’

He added that the next States Assembly will face a ‘whole series of crises’ including the escalating cost of living and an ‘over-heated housing market’.

‘We can no longer allow Jersey to be run for the rich alone. Working people must step forward,’ he said.

If elected, Mr Le Cornu said he would seek to strengthen workers’ rights by campaigning to abolish zero-hour contracts and demand a minimum wage of £15 per hour. He added that the rise in party politics at this year’s election could lead to a States Assembly ‘shaped by ramshackle parties of the political right’.

‘Capable individuals have been a hallmark of Jersey politics for decades. The courage to speak truth to power remains vital,’ he added.

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