Jersey group to open Liberal Democrat branch

A branch of Liberal Democrats Abroad is to be set up in Jersey by a group of local residents including two former senatorial candidates.

Rose Colley and Mark Forskitt, who have both served as Lib Dem councillors in the UK, are backing the group.

The group said: "We recognise Jersey needs policies that face up to the scale of economic, environmental and social challenges facing the island."

They are meeting on 7 December to draw up a local constitution.

The Jersey branch said it would look at the work the UK Liberal Democrat party did and consider how far that could be applied in a local context.

Edward Le Quesne, from the group, said: "We feel that their strong emphasis on local community issues alongside an outward looking international agenda fits well with the best of Jersey traditions.

"While we endorse open debate and fairly placed criticism we do not collectively associate with the views of any particular Lib Dem MP or spokesperson on matters affecting Jersey.

"However a grouping of people, proud of traditional Jersey values, who wish to see them continue to flourish in the best interests of all Jersey people, not just in finance, can help to promote positive new policies here."

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