The Manx Labour Party launched its manifesto at its AGM this weekend, with the party setting out its stall for the local and general elections later this year.

Founded in 1918, the MLP is the island’s oldest political party, it currently has three representatives on Douglas Borough Council and was represented in Tynwald until David Cretney retired last year.

With the local authority elections likely to be held in July and the General Election in September, the party is putting forward at least seven candidates.

Speaking to Gef at the launch, MLP leader Joney Faragher said she was very happy with the way the AGM and manifesto had been received with the party’s core messages being outlined by a series of speakers which gave the launch a ‘real buzz’. Given the challenge to describe what the manifesto meant in three words, Ms Faragher said the party stood for ‘equality and fairness’.

Through the manifesto, the party is advocating a series of progressive steps including a gov backed loan for the creation of ‘fit-for-purpose social housing’, the ‘banning of off-island speculation in the Manx housing market’, ‘increasing education spending to a minimum of 4% of GDP’ and the ‘trialling of free public transport with an aim to expand across the whole service in future’.

The MLP is also wanting to see an increase in the minimum wage to ensure a living wage for Manx workers, higher pay for health and social care workers, a democratically elected Legislative Council and the decriminalisation of possession and usage of cannabis, ‘with a commitment to move towards full legislation’.

For the local authority elections, the party has, so far, declared four candidates, Sam Hamer, Devon Watson and Peter Washington across the Douglas wards and Fenella Logan in Onchan.

In the General Election, the MLP will field three candidates, leader Joney Faragher in Douglas East, Chairwoman Sarah Maltby in Douglas South and Gareth Young in Garff.

The party’s website and manifesto can be found here.

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