Treasury Minister Alf Cannan has confirmed he will be seeking re-election in September’s General Election.
First elected in 2011, Mr Cannan has served as Treasury Minister throughout the whole of the Howard Quayle administration.
Announcing his candidacy, Mr Cannan said: ‘It has been a privilege to have served as your Treasury Minister for the last five years. During this period I have sought to take the island forward with a structured five year financial plan that has sought to support working families, boost jobs and enterprise, reduce the budget deficit and provide targeted investment into public services.
‘We have delivered the lowest rates of unemployment for 20 years, increased personal allowances, raised child benefit, invested in pre-school funding, written off £95m of MUA debt to stabilise prices, introduced pension freedoms, purchased the Steam Packet, commissioned the Sir Jonathan Michael report for healthcare reform and invested significantly into the NHS.
‘Over the last 15 months I have strived to do what is needed to protect the island from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. On the 23 March 2020 I announced a comprehensive package of support designed to protect jobs, families and the economy from the impact of COVID. Our Salary Support, MERA, Business Support and other schemes have protected thousands of jobs, helped thousands of families and given our businesses and economy the best possible opportunity to recover.
‘There remains so much to deliver in the coming years and alongside the challenges of Coronavirus, global tax, climate change, healthcare, housing, education, digitalization and pandemic recovery there are significant opportunities to build a better and more sustainable island. I will ask the constituents of Ayre & Michael to place their trust in me again to continue to deliver and support sound economic and fiscal policies that will support our growth and development as an island nation. I look forward to meeting and listening to you in the coming months and will produce a detailed manifesto in due course. In the meantime I remain fully committed to tackling the immediate challenges facing the island.’
Mr Cannan joins his constituency colleague DoI Minister Tim Baker, Liberal Vannin Party chairman Paul Weatherall and Manx National Farmers Union president Tim Johnston in announcing their candidacy for the Ayre & Michael seats.
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