Peter Karran

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Peter Karran
MHK
Leader of the Liberal Vannin Party
In office
2006 – February 2014
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by Kate Beecroft
Member of the House of Keys for Onchan
In office
1985–2016
Succeeded by Rob Callister, Julie Edge
Member of the House of Keys for Middle
In office
1985–1986
Preceded by Roger Alan Payne
Succeeded by Brian Barton
Minister for Education and Children
In office
2011–2012
Preceded by Eddie Teare
Succeeded by Tim Crookall
Chairman of the Isle of Man Water Authority
In office
1990–2003
Preceded by Adrian Duggan
Succeeded by David Cannan
Personal details
Born (1960-05-20) 20 May 1960 (age 57)
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.

Career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2])

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.[3]

In February 2014, Karran renounced the leadership of the LVP in favour of Kate Beecroft, another MHK. Karran said that it "was time for a change."[4]

Around April 2016, Karran announced he would be standing down from the Keys after 31 years in Manx politics.[5]

Controversy[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Electoral performance[edit]

Karran has contested several elections, first for the Manx Labour Party and later for the Liberal Vannin Party.

House of Keys elections[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter KARRAN MHK (Onchan)". Tynwald – Parliament of the Isle of Man. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Isle of Man Elections, 2006". www.iomelections.com. Retrieved 2006.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Peter Karran sacked from role as education minister". IOM Today. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Vannin, Ellan (24 February 2014). "Kate Beecroft succeeds Peter Karran as Liberal Vannin leader". BBC News. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Vannin, Ellan (18 April 2016). "Onchan MHK Peter Karran to stand down after three decades". BBC News. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.manxradio.com/newsread.aspx?id=58026 Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ http://election.manxradio.com/media/45130/liberal_vannin_party_national_manifesto.pdf