|Leader of the Liberal Vannin Party|
2006 – February 2014
|Preceded by||New position|
|Succeeded by||Kate Beecroft|
|Member of the House of Keys for Onchan|
|Succeeded by||Rob Callister, Julie Edge|
|Member of the House of Keys for Middle|
|Preceded by||Roger Alan Payne|
|Succeeded by||Brian Barton|
|Minister for Education and Children|
|Preceded by||Eddie Teare|
|Succeeded by||Tim Crookall|
|Chairman of the Isle of Man Water Authority|
|Preceded by||Adrian Duggan|
|Succeeded by||David Cannan|
20 May 1960 |
Isle of Man
|Political party||Manx Labour Party (1981–2004)
Liberal Vannin Party (2006–present)
Peter Karran (20 May 1960) is a Manx politician, who is a former Leader of the Liberal Vannin Party and former Minister of Education and Children. He was a Member of the House of Keys for Middle and then Onchan from 1985 to 2016.
He was a member of the Manx Labour Party from 1981 but left in 2004. In August 2006 he founded the Liberal Vannin Party and became its first leader.
Karran worked as a joiner. He stood for election in Middle in the 1981 Manx general election but was not elected. In 1985 he contested a by-election in Middle and was elected, becoming the youngest ever elected Member in the House of Keys. In the 1986 general election, Karran contested Onchan and was elected. He repeated his success in Onchan in general elections in 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011. He has been very popular ever since, topping the Onchan polls at most elections. (In 2006 he received more votes than any other candidate for the Keys.)
He was a Manx Labour Party member (and one of their two MHKs) but left the party in 2004. In August 2006 he founded the Liberal Vannin Party (LVP) and became its first leader. From 2011 to 2012 Karran served as the Minister of Education and Children under Allan Bell; however he was removed from the position for opposing the position of the Council of Ministers on the film industry.
Around April 2016, Karran announced he would be standing down from the Keys after 31 years in Manx politics.
Karran has been highly critical of the Manx Government, for example about the Mount Murray scandal. He was criticised by many people on the island when he announced the closure of all of the island's government-run preschools. His election campaign[when?] was based around the protection of frontline services in the Isle of Man, and the school closures were seen as a direct contradiction to that.
House of Keys elections
|Date of election||Constituency||Party||Votes||% of votes||Result|
|1981 general election||Middle||Manx Labour Party||?||?||Not elected|
|1985 by-election||Middle||Manx Labour Party||?||?||Elected|
|1986 general election||Onchan||Manx Labour Party||1,075||28.1||Elected|
|1991 general election||Onchan||Manx Labour Party||1,195||29.1||Elected|
|1996 general election||Onchan||Manx Labour Party||2,257||23.7||Elected|
|2001 general election||Onchan||Manx Labour Party||2,305||22.8||Elected|
|2006 general election||Onchan||Liberal Vannin Party||2,600||28.1||Elected|
|2011 general election||Onchan||Liberal Vannin Party||2,074||21.9||Elected|
Note: Throughout the relevant period the Onchan constituency elected three MHKs and each elector was entitled to three votes. Thus for example achieving 28.1% of the vote might mean that anything up to 84.3% of the electors may have voted for him.
- "Peter KARRAN MHK (Onchan)". Tynwald – Parliament of the Isle of Man. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "Isle of Man Elections, 2006". www.iomelections.com. Retrieved 2006. Check date values in:
- "Peter Karran sacked from role as education minister". IOM Today. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- Vannin, Ellan (24 February 2014). "Kate Beecroft succeeds Peter Karran as Liberal Vannin leader". BBC News. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- Vannin, Ellan (18 April 2016). "Onchan MHK Peter Karran to stand down after three decades". BBC News. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
- http://www.manxradio.com/newsread.aspx?id=58026 Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.