Manx National Farmers Union president, Tim Johnston, has announced he will contest the Ayre and Michael constituency in this year’s General Election.
Mr Johnston has lived and worked in the constituency for most of the last 35 years and said it ‘would be a great honour and privilege to serve and represent the people of Ayre and Michael as an independent candidate in the House of Keys’.
He added: ‘I am really looking forward to meeting as many constituents as possible over the coming weeks and months to get a real understanding of your views, hopes and concerns so that if elected, I can represent you in Tynwald. I believe one of the key responsibilities of Government is to help create the right environment for the economy to grow and thrive. That means a level playing field that minimises red tape, provides quality education, skills and lifelong learning, planning policies that reflect the needs of people, infrastructure investment and short, medium and long term planning to give confidence and direction.
‘However, the most important responsibility of the Government is to the people of the Isle of Man. Government needs to be relevant to you and your needs, whatever your age, whatever your circumstances. I want to do my utmost to help make that happen but I will need your support in Ayre and Michael. I understand the importance of farming to this community and its role in the wider rural economy, not just in producing world class local food but increasingly recognising not only the importance of the environment and biodiversity but also the mitigation of climate change. All rural communities need a strong voice in Tynwald so that their concerns are heard and policies reflect rural needs, for example, decent roads, better broadband and vehicle taxation that is fair for rural drivers whose cars are often a lifeline.’
‘Our young people need quality education, access to housing and employment if they are to stay. Without them the Island has no future and we won’t be able to fund all of the vital public services we all need, young and old. As we enter hopefully a post covid position, the new administration must face head on the extra challenges covid has created on jobs, health, mental health and our public finances. I want to do my part for the constituents of Ayre and Michael and the wider Manx public so that we retain and build on our quality of life, health and our environment. If you want a new voice in Tynwald to represent you for the next 5 years then please support me on September 23 2021.’
Other Candidates: As well as Mr Johnston, Liberal Vannin party chairman Paul Weatherall and DoI Minister Tim Baker have announced they will contest the constituency. As of yet Treasury Minister Alf Cannan, who currently holds the other seat, has not declared if he is standing in the election.
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