Justice and Home Affairs Minister Graham Cregeen has announced his intention to seek re-election for the constituency of Arbory, Castletown and Malew.

Mr Cregeen said: ‘It has been a genuine honour and privilege to represent the area over the past five years and am now asking constituents to place their trust in me once again. During this time it has been my privilege to serve as the Minister for Education Sport and Culture, and Minister for Justice and Home Affairs.

‘As part of these roles, I have sought to improve pre-school provision around the Island, help introduce quality standards and increase the number of vouchers available to families; brought forward much-needed refurbishment plans for Castle Rushen High School and improve access to vocational and university provision with enhanced student maintenance grants. I have also been the lead member for British Irish Council Minority Languages, a
summit which was hosted here on the Island.

‘Over the past 17 months during the Covid pandemic and three lockdowns, my current department has played a major part in keeping people safe and I must pass on my sincere thanks to all the emergency services for their dedicated work, Of course, this would have been a much harder task if it was not for the fantastic support of the public of our Island. I do not think any of us ever thought we would witness such a global crisis and the need to work together and foster some of the true community spirit – one of the real positives to emerge these past 16 months – remains more important than ever.

‘While I have strived to do what has been needed to protect the Island and its economy, this work will need to be continued over the coming years and I believe the experience I have gained during my time as a member of The House of Keys can contribute to ensuring a positive outcome. Indeed, we will need MHKs that are prepared to work longer, harder and smarter than ever before if the Isle of Man is to truly overcome financial challenges, protect frontline services and create genuine opportunities for all. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible and hope you will put your trust in me again in September.’

Mr Cregeen joins Ian James Clanton, Steve Crowther, Tim Glover and Jason Moorhouse MHK, in declaring his intention to contest the constituency.

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

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