Dean of Jersey: Separation of Church and State would be a bad thing

The Dean of Jersey has told ITV News separating the Church and State would be 'a bad thing'.

At the moment the Dean sits in the States Assembly and can speak during debates, but does not have a vote.

The Very Reverend Dean Bob Key made the comments during an exit interview, as he prepares to leave his role tomorrow.

He says it's beneficial for politicians to have a professional ethicist, adding he has been asked for advice on issues including the new equal marriage law.

He also thinks the tradition is valid because "Christian faith has been the basis of the island's law and culture."

However, the Reverend is aware that he must speak sensibly and carefully when addressing the States.