Thursday, 8 September 2011

A heroic effort is a collective effort

Yesterday was the nomination event at the Town Hall in St Helier. I was duly proposed and seconded as a candidate for Deputy in St Helier District 1.

There are 8 candidates for 3 seats.

I was particularly impressed by my Proposer Eddie McGarragal.  I was more nervous than he and I was not the one having to give the speech!!

I would also wish to thank also those who seconded me. Their names appear below. I will thank them all personally in the next few day, and probably take in a bit of door knocking where they live!

So here is that speech by my Proposer and thanks again to Eddie:

“Nick Le Cornu was born 53 years ago to a Jersey father and a Northern Irish mother.

He was educated at Victoria College and Warwick University, reading History.

He studied at the College of Law, qualified as a Solicitor and practiced commercial law in the City of London.

In 1993 he returned to Jersey where he specialised in Trust Company compliance.

Nick married in 2004 and moved to Havre des Pas.

He remains because he has a view of the sea more beautiful than the view of the incinerator.

To be born within the sound of Bow Bells is to be a Cockney and so it follows that a Deputy for No 1 St Helier, must know intimately the smell of the compost site and incinerator at La Colette.

Nick became involved in local politics immediately upon his return to the island, including campaigns on civil rights.

He has an extensive political C V.

In 1996 he stood for election in his home Parish of St Brelade.

He stood again in 2008 for Deputy in St Helier No.1 and just missed out.

Nick is committed to social justice.

He is a member of the finance sector of Unite the Union - and campaigned alongside the Woolworths workers for their redundancy entitlements.

Last year he made a written submission and gave evidence to the Carswell Inquiry on the role of the Crown Officers.

He knows that the Clothier principles of Constitutional and States Reform are long overdue.

Nick understands what are the obstacles to honest and open government.

This District has a lamentable 75% voter abstention rate. The implications of that for the legitimacy of government are profound

Nick believes he has solutions to overcome the situation and energise democratic participation.

Nick has made a tremendous effort to meet the people and since April has been knocking doors to personally register 250 new voters.

Nick is an enthusiastic blogger. He invites you to read the real facts about the Lime Grove House scandal on his blog, details of which are on his leaflet.

If elected Nick promises to fight in the States for the social and economic rights of all working people. He will use the States as a platform for the ideas and demands of the progressive movement.

Nick wants to do the job.

He believes he has the skills to perform the task, and he would consider it an HONOUR to serve as your Deputy.”

The nomination form reads as follows:

“We, the undersigned, being electors of St Helier District One, nominate: NICHOLAS BASIL LE CORNU of FLAT 4, 23 HAVRE DES PAS, ST HELIER, as a candidate for the office of Deputy in said constituency this fifth day of September 2011.



Two further declarations read as follows:

“ I , the undersigned NICHOLAS BASIL LE CORNU  hereby declare that I have read and understood the provisions of Article 9 of the States of Jersey Law 2005 and that I am not disqualified for election and I have no relevant convictions for the purpose of Article nine one B and C.”

“I NICHOLAS BASIL LE CORNU confirm that my candidacy is not endorsed by any political party.”

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