Douglas East MHK Clare Barber has announced she will seek re-election in this year’s General Election.

Mrs Barber was first elected in 2016.

In announcing her candidacy, Mrs Barber said: ‘ It has been a challenging five years where much of the recent focus has been on our Covid response. This has been physically and emotionally draining for many, while also showcasing exceptional community engagement and support. As a registered nurse, I truly appreciate the value of our frontline services and keyworkers, and know of the personal sacrifices they have taken to keep our Island safe.

‘Over the last five years I have worked on a diverse set of issues for both Douglas East residents and the wider Island, as well as working closely on many pieces of vital legislation such as the Sex Offences and Obscene Publication Bill, Domestic Abuse Act and Abortion Reform Act.

‘If re-elected my priority issues will be Economic Recovery, Climate Change, Affordable Housing and access to Health Services. I would also seek to address the gap in legislation relating to Hate Crime, review planning policy and introduce comprehensive Animal Welfare reforms.’

Mrs Barber joins Manx Labour Party leader Joney Faragher, Liberal Vannin secretary Michael Josem, outgoing Douglas Mayor Jon Joughin and Victims’ rights campaigner Christine Urquhart in contesting the seat.

The General Election is on September 23. If you intend to vote, make sure you’re registered and if you’re planning to stand, make sure to let Get know by emailing hello@gefthemongoose.com.

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