I’m standing - as an independent

BILL MALARKEY: Was disappointed that the Liberal Vannin Party, especially leader Peter Karran MHK, had hit out on him and said the party should 'not be throwing stones'

BILL MALARKEY: Was disappointed that the Liberal Vannin Party, especially leader Peter Karran MHK, had hit out on him and said the party should 'not be throwing stones'

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DOUGLAS South MHK Bill Malarkey has confirmed he will be defending his seat at the general election.

DOUGLAS South MHK Bill Malarkey has confirmed he will be defending his seat at the general election.

Mr Malarkey will be standing as an independent against Liberal Vannin candidate Kate Beecroft as a candidate in the two-seat constituency Do.

He controversially quit the Liberal Vannin Party – after being elected in 2006 on a Liberal Vannin ticket – but stayed on as MHK.

Ms Beecroft used her announcement that she was standing to launch a vitriolic attack on Mr Malarkey for his decision to leave the party but not resign his seat and face a by-election.

The constituency’s other MHK, Leisure Minister David Cretney has yet to confirm whether he will also stand.

Mr Malarkey, said: ‘I am happy to declare that I will be seeking re-election in September and delighted to say this time I will be standing as an Independent candidate. It comes as no surprise to me that Kate Beecroft is standing against me and in fact I had anticipated it for some time.

‘My decision to stand for re-election is being welcomed by many of my constituents who have contacted me since Ms Beecroft’s announcement, many of whom did not vote for me last time because of my connection with the LVP.’

Despite the circumstances surrounding Mr Malarkey leaving LibVan, he is adamant that he made the right decision.

Responding to Ms Beecroft’s claim that Douglas South had been ‘let down’ by his actions, Mr Malarkey said: ‘I totally stand by my decision to leave the LVP, as I am sure do the many others who left either before me or after me. I think the numbers speak for themselves.

‘I work extremely hard in the roles I have undertaken on behalf of my constituents and the Isle of Man. Confirmation of this can be obtained from my Ministers, Chief Executives or any of the many people I have the pleasure of working with. I work alongside my wife Councillor Carol Malarkey for the good of South Douglas and the rate payers of Douglas and we are committed to carry on with that work.’

Mr Malarkey said he was disappointed that the Liberal Vannin Party, especially leader Peter Karran MHK, had hit out on him and said the party should ‘not be throwing stones’.

He said: ‘I have proved on several occasions that I am certainly nobody’s “yes” man and most definitely not Mr Karran’s’ “no” man.

‘Mr Karran and Ms Beecroft are both well aware I have supported many motions and debates surrounding LVP and have voted against government policies on many occasions and even against my own Department policies if I considered it right to do so.’

The forthcoming general election will take place on September 29.

Meanwhile Mrs Malarkey, who is on Douglas Council, has confirmed she has no plans to make a bid to get into the House of Keys this September.

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