Liberal Vannin leader Lawrie Hooper has confirmed he will be seeking re-election to the Keys in this summer’s General Election.
First to the Keys elected in 2016, after serving as a commissioner in the town, Mr Hooper has become one of the more vocal back benchers in his time in Tynwald.
In announcing his intention to stand, Mr Hooper said: ‘Whilst there have been many successes over the last 5 years, the scale of the challenge now before us is almost unprecedented and will no doubt bring significant changes as we continue to face the unknown. Whether it be the continuing developments of Brexit, tackling climate change or recovering from Covid, each of these challenges will need to be overcome – but each also presents us with opportunities which we shouldn’t be afraid to grasp.
‘As I’ve said time and time again, whatever challenges we face our government cannot lose sight of the people that it is empowered to govern. Too often decisions can be made, often with the best of intentions, that unfairly impact on those least able to bear the burden. This is why I, along with my Liberal Vannin colleagues, will be asking the next government to focus on four core principles – Jobs, Fairness, Open Government and Freedom.’
Originally elected as one of three Lib Vannin MHKs in 2016, he is the party’s sole representative following the retirement of Kate Beecroft and Onchan MHK Julie Edge quitting the party in 2017.
The General Election will be held on Thursday September 23. If you’re intending to stand, don’t forget to let us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.