|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|
|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, former Minister of Education and Children and has been a Member of the House of Keys for Onchan since 1985.
He had been 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 before standing for election in Middle in the 1981 Manx general election and losing. In 1985 he contested a by-election in Middle and was elected. In the Manx general election, 1986, Karran contested Onchan and won. He has 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 nationally).
He was a Manx Labour Party member (and one of their two MHKs) but left in 2004. In August 2006 he founded the Liberal Vannin Party 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 Council of Minister's position on the film industry.
Karran is highly critical of the Manx Government and has asked a number of questions in Tynwald, including many about the Mount Murray scandal. Peter Karran was criticised in many parts of the Isle of Man when he announced the closure of all of the Islands Government run preschools His election campaign was based around the protection of frontline services in the Isle of Man and this was 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|
- "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.
- "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.
- http://www.manxradio.com/newsread.aspx?id=58026[dead link]