Failt erriu / Welcome

Swearing In Ceremonyy Dear Constituent,

I have been honoured and proud to serve you, the people of Rushen, and our Island these last five years. I believe I have made a positive impact and respectfully ask for your continued support, trust and vote again in the next House of Keys election on 22nd September.

It is fair to say this last political term has been the most difficult and challenging the Isle of Man has faced for many decades. The banking crisis, with its resulting recession and huge £200M VAT loss, has contributed to a significant slow-down in our local economy. I feel we have chartered a safe course in this fiscal storm and are looking forward to a better and brighter future.

There have been many difficult and unwelcome decisions that ensured we reached a necessary rebalanced revenue budget. This has been achieved while maintaining a positive economy with high employment and having minimal impact on our valued public services. However, there is still much work to be done especially with the Brexit issue and that is why I wish to stand again to represent you and our Island. It is vital that we are not complacent, but continue the drive towards a more secure and sustainable future.

My job as Minister for Economic Development has been to maintain economic growth that will create and secure jobs for our people and this must remain a top priority for the next administration. Positive sustainable economic growth is vital to support the high level of social welfare that we enjoy today and desire for tomorrow.

I am a strong believer in creating a balanced society where enterprise is encouraged. Yet we must help, care and enable those disadvantaged and vulnerable. Our elders must be allowed to enjoy a comfortable standard of living in their later years. Investing in our young people is investing in our future and education; the development of skills and knowledge is critical to ensure that they gain maximum opportunities in life.

The role of Minister carries much responsibility for our Island. However, I have endeavoured to be easily accessible to everyone, willing to listen, working diligently, honestly and fairly for the community of Rushen. Responding to constituents’ concerns will always be a priority, because I believe that listening to the people ensures you remain well-grounded and more able to represent you.

If re-elected I will continue to work in the same manner and focusing on strong leadership and clear vision for what is in the best interests for you, the Isle of Man and all its people.

Laurence Skelly

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Click here to read the January 2014 Newsletter by Laurence Skelly MHK