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
Incumbent
Assumed office
1985
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 55)
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.

Career[edit]

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.[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 nationally[2]).

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.[3]

In February 2014, Karran renounced the leadership of the Liberal Vannin Party in favour of Kate Beecroft, a fellow Member of the House of Keys. Karran said that it "was time for a change."[4]

Controversy[edit]

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[5] 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.[6]

Electoral performance[edit]

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

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

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. 
  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. ^ http://www.manxradio.com/newsread.aspx?id=58026[dead link]
  6. ^ http://election.manxradio.com/media/45130/liberal_vannin_party_national_manifesto.pdf