What happens next and who will be Jersey's new Chief Minister?

Deputies Ian Gorst, Lyndon Farnham and Sam Mézec. Credit: ITV Channel

Jersey's Chief Minister has been removed by politicians in a successful vote of no confidence.

Deputy Moore has backed Deputy Ian Gorst to replace her, so who else is already positioning themselves as her replacement? And what happens now?

We answer your key questions below.

What happens after the vote of no confidence?

Under Jersey law there must always be a Chief Minister, which means Deputy Moore will remain in her post until her successor is appointed.

The new Chief Minister will be selected on Thursday 25 January.

There will also need to be a new Council of Ministers - as set out in the States of Jersey law and the Standing Orders. This will be done by Tuesday 30 January.

Who can run to replace her?

To be in contention, a candidate needs six backers and any of the island's States Members can put themselves forward.

Nominations have now closed - with three politicians in the running.

Who has put themselves forward?

  • Deputy Ian Gorst (with 14 formal backers)

Treasury Minister, Deputy Gorst, has been backed by Deputy Moore and a number of other key members from her Council of Ministers. He would likely be seen as the continuity candidate.

In his vision statement, Deputy Gorst says he can offer "the experience and stability that Jersey needs" and re-confirms his commitment to the pre-existing 2024 Government Plan - including the multi-site hospital proposals.

The former accountant is still Jersey's longest-serving Chief Minister (2011-2018). If successful, the two most powerful political positions in the Channel Islands would again be held by Deputy Gorst and Deputy Lyndon Trott - as it was in 2011 to 2012.

But, by his own admission, experience comes with political baggage and to win he will have to persuade the Assembly that he can not only unify but also deliver for the island. 

  • Deputy Sam Mézec (with 9 formal backers)

Deputy Mézec, the leader of Reform Jersey, has run for the top job before but was beaten by Deputy Moore.

He has campaigned consistently on issues like the cost of living and housing and would, if successful, likely try to break with the direction of the current administration.

In his vision statement, he re-confirmed his commitment to Reform Jersey's party constitution "to help create a society that works for all, including the poorest and most disadvantaged ... ensuring all can live in a society built on social and economic justice".

He has the backing of his party but will have to reach out to a wider group in the Assembly to avoid a repetition of his last attempt to lead.

  • Deputy Lyndon Farnham (with 6 formal backers)

Deputy Farnham was first elected in 1999 and held the position of Deputy Chief Minister from 2018 until 2022. He is a familiar face in the States and currently the Deputy for St Mary, St Ouen and St Peter.

In his vision statement, Deputy Farnham says he wants "an island that provides a high quality and a more affordable way of life for all residents" and says the current Government has become "too cumbersome" and "achieves too little".

He was closely involved in the island's Covid-19 response during his time as Deputy Chief Minister.

What about Deputy Tom Binet?

Deputy Binet put himself forward but he has not been able to get the number of political backers needed to be a candidate in the vote to replace her.

Deputy Binet told ITV News that he had six supporters from the States Assembly, the number required to continue with his nomination, but mistakenly thought he needed a minimum of seven.

He was the constant critic within Deputy Moore's government, whose resignation as Infrastructure Minister triggered the vote of no confidence to begin with.

Deputy Moore's loyalists were unlikely to back him after the bruising debate that led to the Chief Minister's downfall.

How is the new Chief Minister chosen?

Each candidate will give a ten minute speech in the Assembly and then answer questions for one hour. Once everyone has had their turn, an open ballot is held.