First candidate announced for General Election

It’s barely January but we already have the first contender confirmed for this year’s General Election as Sarah Maltby has announced her intention to stand in Douglas South.

The constituency is currently represented by Claire Christian and Paul Quine who both won their seats in last year’s by-election.

Mrs Maltby, a senior educational support officer at Ballakermeen has already been out on the campaign trail, knocking on the doors of residents to start to get to know them.She said: ‘I have always lived in Douglas South and I really want to meet with as many potential constituents as possible and on the 2nd January I commenced calling at their homes to introduce myself.’

Sarah lists affordable housing, childcare, pre-school provision, maternity and paternity rights, mental health and the environment among her core concerns.

The Manx Labour Party’s candidate added: ‘Our Island of which I am so proud, sadly has all too apparent social issues including those who rely on food banks, are homeless, on the breadline or who have to wait for extended periods in various areas of our health services. I would pledge myself to work with others to eliminate such unfairness.’

Married with 2 children Ivy and Stan who both attend Scoill Vallajeelt, Sarah and her family live at 13 Elderberry Rise, Saddlestone and she can be contacted on 491712, on Facebook Sarah Maltby IOM or email: sarah.maltby@outlook.com

Her election proposer is former Douglas South MHK, MLC and Minister for Fun, her dad, David Cretney.

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