NIGEL Dobson has announced he will stand for the Garff in September’s House of Keys general election.
Businessman Mr Dobson, 57, is a Liberal Vannin Party candidate, having been one of the party’s founder members. He is a member and former chairman of Lonan Commissioners.
He stood for the Garff seat in the 2006 general election.
‘I am pleased to be asked once again to stand in Garff on behalf of Liberal Vannin,’ said Mr Dobson.
‘The next five years are likely to be extremely challenging for whoever is elected to the Keys and a strong voice to challenge and question government can only help to ensure right decisions are taken to secure the future prosperity of our precious island.
‘It is equally important that we encourage and support those that will lead our government in the next parliament to make what will be difficult choices in the current global economic downturn.’
Liberal Vannin Party leader Peter Karran MHK said: ‘I am delighted that Nigel has again been selected to stand in Garff.
‘He has been a loyal member since the inception of the party and will be a real asset to both the constituents of Garff and to the island as a whole as a national politician.’
It’s as yet unclear whether present Garff incumbent Steve Rodan will defend his seat, having put his name forward for the position of Tynwald president.
Should he be successful, Mr Rodan will not stand for the Keys but, if unsuccessful, he will have the choice of whether to do so.
l Meanwhile, Liberal Vannin has announced Adrian Tinkler has resigned as the party’s candidate for Rushen.
A statement said the decision was made by Mr Tinkler as a result of ‘personal issues’.
Mr Karran said: ‘I am really sorry that Adrian is unable to continue.
‘He has been working hard on his campaign and was a very credible candidate. He has offered to help the party as and when his circumstances allow and we will be taking him up on this kind offer. We wish him well and hope he is able to quickly resolve his personal issues.’
Wholesaler and event manager Laurence Skelly, 49, has announced he will stand in Rushen, along with sitting MHKs Quintin Gill, 52, Phil Gawne, 46, and Juan Watterson, 30.