One of the big surprises of Election 2012 was the loss of Jane Stephens from the States.
An intelligent, dedicated politician who focused on getting things done, Jane was best known for asking the questions of the Education Department that led to the Mulkerrin Review. But she was also the first States Champion for Disabled People, carving out the role from scratch.
GDA members were saddened and shocked when Jane suffered a narrow defeat in St Sampson’s. Her deep understanding of disabled peoples’ issues and her tireless devotion to ensuring that disabled islanders’ voices were heard in the States were well recognised and she will be much missed.
Thank you Jane. Your legacy lives on in the Disability Strategy which will come to the States at the end of 2012.
To hear a radio interview about disabled islanders’ reaction to the departure of Jane Stephens, click here and go to 1:10:00.