Former Jersey politician dies aged 62

Simon Brée Picture: ROB CURRIE. (37509223)

FORMER St Clement Deputy Simon Brée has died at the age of 62.

After a career in the finance industry in Jersey, Mr Brée was elected Deputy of the parish in 2014, coming a narrow second to Susie Pinel on his second attempt to join the Assembly.

Three years earlier, he had come fourth in the 2011 poll for the two parish seats.

During his time in the States, he was active in Scrutiny, chairing the Economic Affairs panel, acting as vice-chair of Corporate Services and serving on a range of other panels, including those reviewing Brexit and the future hospital. He was chairman of the latter panel, voting against the single-site Gloucester Street development and advocating an independent review into where the new facility should go. He also sat on the Privileges and Procedures Committee.

Mr Brée was, in some respects, a traditionalist, advocating financial prudence and valuing things he believed made the Island distinctive.

In a debate on the Bailiff’s dual role in the 2016, he commented: “We are running the risk of ruining all that is great about Jersey. Don’t try to destroy what makes Jersey that place, that Island, that we have so much pride in.”

At the end of his four-year term, he chose not to contest the 2018 Deputies’ elections, preferring instead to stand for one of the eight vacant Senatorial seats.

At the time he commented: “It has been a great honour to serve as a Deputy for St Clement, and I have been greatly encouraged by the number of people from all over the Island who have voiced their support for me in making this move to seek a Senatorial position.”

He attracted 10,529 votes in the Islandwide contest but ultimately fell 478 short of the eighth place secured by Sam Mézec, finishing 11th out of the 17 candidates.

Three years later, he made what was to be his final attempt to return to the States, following the death of St Clement Constable Len Norman. He stood against Marcus Troy but attracted 350 votes compared with the successful candidate’s 1,185.

Having spoken out during his time in the States Assembly against any form of discrimination and advocating law change to extend to civil partnership the same rights as married couples, Mr Brée became an authorised civil celebrant conducting wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships throughout the Island.

To Mr Brée’s wife Nicola, his children Claire and Matthew and the rest of his family, the JEP extends its sympathy.

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