Manx-born advocate Damian Ciappelli has announced his intention to stand for election as MHK in the constituency of Douglas Central in this year’s General Election.
Mr Ciappelli, who lives at Tromode Park in Douglas, was educated at St Ninian’s High School and King Williams College and is a graduate of Cardiff University and Law School, qualifying as an Isle of Man Advocate in 2003.
Having pursued a career as legal counsel advising blue chip companies in international insurance, fiduciary, funds and compliance sectors as well as private practice, Mr Ciappelli, international experience having lived and worked abroad in Luxembourg for two years. He has regulatory and board experience having served on the Council of the Isle of Man Law Society, as a Pension Trustee and on the board of an arts charity.
Mr Ciappelli currently works with a local firm of Advocates and believes his skills and experience can be brought to bear for the benefit of the constituents of Douglas Central. He has had a long-standing interest in local politics going back thirty years when he assisted his late uncle David Corlett MHK’s election team with his successful campaign in North Douglas.
The son of retired well-known restauranteur Vincent Ciappelli of the Palace Hotel and Waterfront Restaurant. His mother Bernadette (née Clague) was a well-known Office Manager for the National Coal Board Office. Mr Ciappelli’s cousins Enzo and Mario are well-known restauranteurs on the island.
If elected Mr Ciappelli says he would pursue policies to ensure a sustainable future for our young people, help for working families in need of housing and childcare, and the provision of frontline services for our senior citizens.
He believes that pursuing the following broad policies would assist the island move forward:
THE ECONOMY – promote both traditional industries and new sustainable green and tech jobs to replace the jobs lost in the banking, e-gaming and other sectors and to ensure that the island remains a tax competitive jurisdiction.
REGULATION – pursue policies which reduce red tape and hamper doing business on the island.
GOVERNMENT SPENDING – urgently address the Government’s overspending and borrowing and review the size and scope of the public sector.
CAPITAL PROJECTS – urgently address the gross mismanagement of major capital projects exemplified by the Douglas Promenade fiasco. There must be a full investigation or public inquiry.
TRANSPORT – the government should take control of significant air routes such as Heathrow to ensure continuity of service in the long term. The current public transport timetables and service on island need an urgent review and overhaul.
STEAM PACKET – It is vital that the Steam Packet operates with independent governance to deliver affordable travel for the island’s residents, freight services and a first-class visitor experience.
INFRASTRUCTURE – the island has large swathes of deteriorating roads and pavements which need to be fixed. Douglas is congested and needs investment in new car parking infrastructure.
HEALTH – we need to ensure that resources are directed to all those in need of urgent consultations and operations.
EDUCATION – the system must be better aligned to the island’s economy so that our young people are able to transition to sustainable jobs and a secure future.
TOURISM AND LEISURE – investment to be encouraged in providing international hotel, leisure and exhibition facilities. HOUSING, PLANNING AND THE ENVIRONMENT – brownfield sites across the island should be redeveloped to avoid unnecessary expansion of greenfield sites around our towns and villages. Damian is passionate that our bays and beaches should achieve the highest standards of cleanliness consistent with our UNESCO Biosphere status.
Mr Ciappelli joins sitting MHKs Ann Corlett and Chris Thomas in declaring their candidacy for Douglas Central. The General Election is on September 23, if you’re planning to vote, make sure you’re registered and if you’re planning to stand, make sure you left Gef know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.