The Isle of Man Green Party will be contesting four local authority elections including two wards on the new look Douglas Council.
In the local elections to be held on Thursday 22 July 2021, the following four Green Party candidates are seeking election: –
- Andrew Bentley, seeking election to Douglas Borough Council in the Douglas East constituency
- Andrew Jessopp, seeking election to Braddan Commissioners
- Falk Horning, seeking election to Douglas Borough Council in the Douglas North constituency
- Phil Matthews, seeking election to Patrick Commissioners
Andrew Bentley is the Chair of the Green Party and has been a Douglas Councillor for Derby Ward since 2018. Of his election campaign, he said: My campaign is very simple: recycle, regenerate, and recreate.’
Falk Horning is the Secretary of the Green Party and is a current Douglas Borough Councillor in Murrays Ward. Falk is the Chair of the Woodland Trust, Chair of Volleyball Isle of Man, a member of the Isle of Man Friends of the Earth, and Treasurer of Zero Waste Mann.
He said: ‘One of my central aims will be to increase the town’s recycling rate to safeguard our natural world and stop throwing money in the incinerator. We also want a vibrant Douglas town centre so an eye needs to be kept on planning, encouraging active travel and public transport. The council provides a wide spectrum of public services and whenever decisions are to be made, costs should be carefully scrutinised.’
Andrew Jessopp has been a local politician for 17 years as a Braddan Commissioner and has served for over six years as the Chair of the Commissioners. Andrew is also Chair of Zero Waste Mann, a charity seeking solutions to waste problems on the island and is a founding member of the Isle of Man Green Party. He is currently preparing an application for a new ‘green’ charitable trust that will be, among other things, the administrator of the Green Centre in Douglas.
He said: ‘After waiting almost 20 years I am pleased that the building of the new community centre, planned for the Strang Cornerfield, has finally commenced. It has been a long and tortuous process to get to this point in the project, but I anticipate a difficult couple of years in seeing the project to completion. I very much hope the electorate of Braddan will give me the opportunity to see the project through to the end.’
Phil Matthews has lived in the Parish of Patrick for 31 years. He is the Chair of Governors at Foxdale School and a Trustee of Foxdale Heritage Centre. A retired schoolteacher, Phil now works with several island-based charities and environmental organisations. He is also the co-founder and a Director of the One World Centre in St.Johns, Chair of Amnesty International IOM Group, Membership Secretary for IOM Friends of the Earth and a member of the Fairtrade Island Steering Group and the Climate Change Coalition Steering Group.
Of his election campaign, he said: ‘If elected, I would be honoured to represent the people of Patrick. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with villages that have maintained a strong sense of identity and community spirit. However, in recent years there has been a decline in the provision of essential services and I would endeavour to encourage and support opportunities for increased local employment, improved social provision and public transport links, and the continued growth of ecotourism and rural leisure attractions – ensuring that any new developments contribute towards a healthier and more sustainable environment for everyone. I also wish to develop more effective links with our MHKs and government departments on issues that are outside the responsibility of the Commissioners.’