Phil Corkill, a self employed builder, has announced his intention to seek election to the Keys in the Ayre & Michael constituency.

In a statement Mr Corkill said: ‘I’ve decided to stand for MHK in the upcoming general election for many reasons, the main being that we need change; we need to change how the government do things, how the government thinks about things and we need to change how the government works.

‘We live on an amazing island with some truly amazing people and our government is letting them down. We need to empower local authorities/communities and give them a budget as I believe they will be key in solving the problems the island faces and will offer solutions that are specific and most effective to the area.

‘I would push for the following reforms:
* Single entity house of keys (MHKs should decide equally)
* Change the role/title of Chief Minister (they should speak for the team, not pick it)
* End of Council of Ministers. We don’t need ministers (they only act as a buffer and hinder transparency and accountability)
* End the role of MLCs (it’s undemocratic)
* Give local authority representatives a seat in Tynwald (this will give more meaning to local elections and give the people they represent a different voice)
* Restructure government departments.’

Mr Corkill joins Tim Baker, Alf Cannan, Tim Johnston, Duncan Livingston and Liberal Vannin’s Paul Weatherall in contesting the Aye & Michael seats.

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 let Gef know by emailing hello@gefthemongoose.com.

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