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Peter Karran - Onchan

Full Name Peter Karran
Age 46
Marital Status Single
Children None
Place of Birth Douglas
Occupation Joiner by trade

 

Political History & Views

What is your political history or relevant experience?

Local Authority, Public Bodies, charities etc. 

  • Board of Education (non-Tynwald Member) Ind Lab 1982-85
  • Chairman of the Caarjny ny Gaeley, a charity which deals with the promotion of Manx language affairs.

Parliamentary Career

  • Contested Middle unsuccessfully in 1981(Ind Lab)
  • MHK for Middle by-election
  • MHK for Onchan 1985-date

Government posts

  • Chairman Water Authority 1990-1991

Member

  • Highway and Transport Board 1985-1986
  • Board of Consumer Affairs 1986
  • Department of Health and Social Security 1986-1991 and 1996-2001
  • War Pensions Committee 1987-1991
  • Department of Home Affairs 1991-1993
  • Department of Education 1991-1995
  • Department of Highways, Ports and Properties 1993-1995
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2004-date

Committees of Tynwald

  • Trade Unions Legislation 1985-1986
  • Petition for Redress 1985-1986
  • Ecclesiastical 1987-1991
  • Drug Abuse 1987-1989
  • Tynwald Ceremony 1995-1996
  • Petition for Redress of Grievance of Joan Mann 1998-1999 (Chairman)
  • Ministerial Government 1998-1999
  • Tynwald Honours 1999-2002
  • Standing Committee on Expenditure and Public Accounts 2002-date
  • Standing Committee on Expenditure and Public Accounts Sub-Committee on DoT In-House Capital Schemes 2003
  • Petition for Redress of Grievance of John Michael Leather 2004-2005
  • Select Committee on Queen’s Pier 2005-2006
  • PAC Sub-Committee on the MEA 2005-date

Keys Committees:

  • Treasury (Amendment) Bill 1993-1994
  • Bill of Rights 1993-1995
  • Death Penalty Abolition Bill 1992
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Bill 1992-1993
  • Treasury (Amendment) Bill 1993-1994
  • Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 1994

Are you a member of any organisation which guides or influences your political views or polices?

I am a member of the Liberal Vannin Party and I am also the Leader of the Liberal Vannin Party. I hold to Christian principles regarding my views and policies.

What are your main national issues?

Bringing commonsense back into Government, creating an audit and accountable system in Government, getting Government spending and priorities in the right areas, minimizing unemployment on the Island, increasing opportunities to create a diverse economy and securing the social and financial improvements we have seen over the last 20 years and ensuring we have an inclusive society and not an exclusive one.

What are your main local issues?

Bringing retail life back into the main village in Onchan and trying to get the secondary school or at least the sports facilities developed at Bermahague.  Looking at the possibilities of turning the Coutts Bank into a nursing or residential home or a National Art Gallery for the whole Island. Improving on the facilities for young people in the area to keep them occupied and off the streets. More local authority housing needs to be built in order to shorten the long housing list.

What do you believe you would bring to government as an MHK?

I believe that my track record shows that I bring sincerity and honesty which is rare in politics today in so far as doing the job without fear or favour.  I believe that I bring a wealth of experience and a commitment which is still as strong as when I first stood for the House of Keys as a young man of 21.  I still passionately believe that the celebration of a successful society is in how it looks after its weakest and I believe that with my experience I can see through a lot of the issues quicker than many other people and this experience would be lost if I were not an MHK.

Other Documents & Information
2006 General Election - Liberal Vannin Manifesto
2006 General Election - Constituancy Newsletter
2001 General Election Manifesto

 

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