The Liberal Vannin Party has a new leader.
Douglas South MHK Kate Beecroft was elected leader at the party’s annual general meeting at the South Douglas Old Friends’ Club in Douglas on Sunday.
She replaces long-time leader and Lib Van founder Peter Karran (Onchan) who takes a back seat, saying he will just be a member of the party from now on.
Mr Karran, who proposed Mrs Beecroft at the AGM for the leader’s role, said: ‘I think the time has come for the party to have a new leader.
‘Kate has proved herself so well. She is the best parliamentarian I have ever sat with in Tynwald. She has got the right values.’
Since she was first elected in 2011, Mrs Beecroft has become quite a thorn in the side of Treasury, with her dogged questioning of the Pinewood and Sefton deals and issues about the management at Noble’s Hospital.
On her Facebook page, Mrs Beecroft said: ‘Thanks everyone. It quite a responsibility though but I am chuffed.’