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Andrew Jessopp - Middle

Full Name Andrew Charles Richard Jessopp
Age 46
Marital Status
Children 3
Place of Birth
  If not the Isle of Man when did you move here?
Occupation Self-employed PR, Marketing and Environmental Consultant


Political History & Views

What is your political history or relevant experience?

I have over 15 years experience of political and environmental campaigning in the IOM. For the last 2 years I have been a Braddan Parish Commissioner.

Are you a member of any organisation which guides or influences your political views or polices?

I am a founder member of Tynwald Watch, the Positive Action Group and Zero Waste Mann. I have endorsed the PAG's Charter.

What are your main national issues?

  • I support changes to the 'system of government' to improve the democratic process and the accountability of our politicians.
  • To protect the Island's 'independence' from the adverse effects of an increasingly 'creeping' Federal Europe.
  • To introduce effective immigration and residential controls.
  • To improve the efficiency and quality of public services and making sure we get better 'value for money' from capital projects.
  • Ensuring that those living on low incomes or pensions are not driven into real poverty by costs rising faster than their income.
  • Getting sanity back into the housing market.
  • Giving more responsibility to a reduced number of local authorities so that Keys/Tynwald can spend more time on national/international issues and legislation etc.
  • Ensuring we still have a farming/fishing industry in 5 years time.
  • Improving the scrutiny of government policy and expenditure so the reasons for decisions are robust and justifiable - thus avoiding the need for expensive inquiries when things go pear-shaped.
  • Effective regulation of monopolies, such as the Steam Packet.
  • The introduction of truly sustainable policies in respect of the economy, energy, transport and development.
  • Improving the health of the nation.
  • There are many, many other important issues facing the Island in the next 5 years and it will be a very busy time for our politicians to achieve all of the things the population would like to see happen.

What are your main local issues?

  • Restoring community spirit and pride.
  • Protecting the environment from unwelcome and inappropriate development.
  • Reducing the incidence of anti-social behaviour so that we can all enjoy living in such a beautiful Island.

What do you believe you would bring to government as an MHK?

I have said that if substantially the same 'government' is re-elected that I would remain outside of 'government' to make sure it is properly scrutinized and held to account for its actions. If there was a substantial number of new MHK's, and I believe that they held similar objectives to me in making the necessary changes to the 'system, the policies and procedures, and they needed my support to form a new government, I would seriously consider joining with them to form a new government. If that happened I believe that I would bring the correct attitude to getting things done for the good of the majority and not my own self-interest or other individuals.

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2001 General Election Manifesto


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