Manx Radio’s news editor Tim Glover has announced he has resigned from the station in order to contest this year’s General Election.
Mr Glover, who has led much of the broadcaster’s coverage of the Covid pandemic, appearing at the majority of gov briefings, will contest the Arbory, Castletown and Malew constituency.
After 24 years with the station, Mr Glover said: ‘ There was a clear conflict with my current career and my workplace for the past 24 years. I stepped down as news editor last week.
‘This declaration means I am no longer at Manx Radio and am free to talk to as many people as possible in Arbory, Castletown and Malew ahead of polling day. This shows a clear commitment to be one of your 2 MHKs for the constituency – it would be an absolute honour. As a journalist I know how to listen, ask questions, hold people to account and investigate matters.
‘The island’s ability to economically recover from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is vital to what the next administration will be able to achieve. Many topics up for debate interlink with others. Take mental health as an example. Issues need to be considered in the round rather than as a separate item. Causes for people suffering from mental health issues can include alcohol and drug misuse, childhood abuse, debt, digital anxiety, discrimination, homelessness, losing a job, neglect, poor housing, poverty, social disadvantage, social isolation, social media pressure, stigma and trauma.
‘This is not a full list and I have not mentioned 3 other big matters – concern over climate change, exam pressure in education and the full fall-out from the pandemic.’
So far Ian James Clanton has also declared his intention to contest the constituency. Its current MHKs are Justice and Home Affairs Minister Graham Cregeen and Jason Moorhouse.