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Phil Gawne - Rushen

Full Name Philip Anderson Gawne
Age 41
Marital Status Married
Children
Place of Birth Douglas, Isle of Man
Occupation Former Manx Language Officer

 

Political History & Views

What is your political history or relevant experience?

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

No. I support many of the ideas put forward by the Positive Action Group particulary in relation to more open and effective government. I care passionately about the Isle of Man and its people and it is my strong desire to protect our Island and provide opportunity and a contented lifestyle to its people, which drives me politically.

What are your main national issues?

Over the past 5 years Government has failed to effectively communicate with its people and must do much better if it is to win back the people's trust. Only by fully engaging with the public will we be successful in providing: effective solutions to affordable housing; more robust management of population growth; a fairer society; enviromental sustainability; a strong and diverse economy; a more dynamic international profile and a positive national identity. If elected these key national issues will be the main focus of my political activity.

What are your main local issues?

I will continue to work to ensure that Southlands is fully opened as quickly as possible and that the 24 hour ambulance and paramedic service in the south is properly supported by the DHSS.

While we still have strong communities in Port St Mary, Port Erin, Rushen and Arbory we are rapidly losing what little remains of our shops and businesses. I will work hard to assist 'out of Douglas' business so that our communities become more vibrant. I will continue to pursue the development of a new marine institute on the site of the old marine laboratory, I will work with the DoT to develop appropriate harbour facilities in the Ports and will do all I can to ensure Ballabeg gets its village shop back.

We must work harder to ensure that the Ballakilley playing fields project is completed in the next 5 years and provide more venues and facilities for children and young people in the south.

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

In the short time I have represented the people of Rushen as their MHK, I have always tried to be open, to act with integrity at all times, and to work tirelessly and diligently to represent the interests of the people of the Isle of Man. If elected I would continue to work in this way and would always be available to assist and represent my constituents.

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