Two new candidates announce their intention to run for general election


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Two new candidates have declared their intention to run in the September general election.

Michael Leather, a retired hotelier, will run for a seat in Onchan.

Mr Leather’s main campaign proposal is to revitalize the island’s tourist economy by extending a section of the Loch promenade 200 meters into the sea to generate 200,000 square meters (49.5 acres) of land .

This ‘prime land’ could then be developed with modern hotels, apartments, potential offices and a modern underground shopping area.

Mr Leather, with a master’s degree in commercial real estate development, cited the rejuvenation of Blackpool from 2000 as a model the island could follow.

He stresses that the island was too dependent on the financial services sector, and that if this decline, the Isle of Man must be able to fall back on tourism.

He does not see the current work of Douglas Promenade as an investment that will bring more tourism or island spending to Douglas.

Mr Leather added that increasing the underground space for the extended prom could also generate more parking spaces and reduce traffic jams.

Former Garff Commissioners Chairman Jamie Smith has also declared his intention to run in the constituency, citing his experience working with members of the government during his tenure at local authority.

Mr Smith said, “We have big local issues ahead, including a sewer solution for Laxey Bay, flood protection work throughout the riding and the preservation of the unique communities of Onchan, Lonan and Maughold.

“At the national level, we are undoubtedly facing very serious challenges for our independence, especially with regard to tax strategy.”

General elections take place on September 23.

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