Jonathan Le Tocq

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Jonathan Le Tocq
Chief Minister of Guernsey
In office
12 March 2014 – 4 May 2016
Preceded by Peter Harwood
Succeeded by Gavin St Pier
as President of the Policy and Resources Committee[1]
Personal details
Born (1964-03-04) 4 March 1964 (age 53)
Political party Independent

Jonathan Paul Le Tocq is a politician based on the island of Guernsey, British Channel Islands.

Born in Guernsey on 4 March 1964,[2] to an old local family, educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey before studying in London and Paris.[3]

Working in London, he was ordained into the Christian Ministry before returning to Guernsey where he became Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in 1989.[4]

Life in politics[edit]

Elected to the office of Deputy in the Castel district in the general election in 2000, at the age of 36, he retained his seat in the Guernsey general election, 2004. Not standing in the 2008 election he stood again in Guernsey general election, 2012, winning the seat when he acquired -1,575 votes.

In April 2012 he was nominated for the role of Guernsey's chief minister. To qualify for the position those elected need to have served in the States for four of the last eight years.[5] A few days later he remained the sole candidate after Deputy Lyndon Trott withdrew his nomination.[6] After a change in the rules, there was an election and he became the Deputy Chief Minister after losing out to Peter Harwood.

In 2013 he stated "True leadership involves having the strength of conviction to engage proactively and positively with alternative views to your own, and not just being tossed about by every wind and whim of public opinion, never mind where it originates from."[7]

Le Tocq sat on the Board of Education, served as President of Overseas Aid, and as Deputy Minister for the Treasury & Resources Department. From May 2012 to March 2014 he was Guernsey's Home Minister and Deputy Chief Minister.[4]

Following the resignation of Peter Harwood as Chief Minister on 25 February 2014. An election was held and Le Tocq was elected Chief Minister of Guernsey on 12 March 2014,[8] a post he held until 4 May 2016.

Re-elected as a Deputy in the Guernsey general election, 2016 and was then elected a member of the Policy and Resources Committee.

Public Duties as Chief Minister[edit]

Hosting a meeting in Guernsey of the British–Irish Council in June 2014 with UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness amongst others attending.[9]

January 2015, Le Tocq, and the Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst sign agreement with La Manche and Lower Normandy to develop new links and strengthen existing relationships.[10]

Le Tocq, and the Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst, paid a joint visit to Brussels on 5–7 May 2015, meeting with two EU Commissioners: Pierre Moscovici, the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs and Lord Hill, Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Markets and Customs Union.[11]

In September 2015 there was a meeting with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon.


Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Harwood
Chief Minister of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Gavin St Pier