Victims’ rights campaigner Christine Urquhart has declared her intention to contest the Douglas East constituency, in September’s General Election.
Ms Urquhart said victims’ rights is ‘something close to my heart, and something I will continue to advocate for with continued support for victims of sexual violence on the island’.
She added: ‘Throughout the past five years of doing this work many things have come to light, which not only affect the victims I have worked with, but all of us, gaps in policy and service provision that are so glaringly obvious to the naked eye, yet are still being ignored. Committees are being created to overlook some of these issues, however there are still very few changes being brought in, or the public heard.
‘My aim is to bring the people back into the politics of the island. To make your voice count, be heard, and be actioned upon. After all, we are here to serve YOU!’
Ms Urquhart listed her main policy interests as mental health, health care, social care, education, employment, affordable housing, sexual and domestic violence but said ‘this is only a small fraction of the issues I would like to highlight, I will elaborate as time goes on’.
As well as Ms Urquhart, Manx Labour Party leader Joney Faragher, Liberal Vannin secretary Michael Josem and Douglas Mayor Jon Joughin have announced their intention to stand in the constituency. Incumbent Chris Robertshaw MHK has announced he will retire in September and Clare Barber MHK has not yet publicly announced her intentions.
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