Mark Pollard

I am a husband and father of two girls who are both 7th Generation Falkland Islanders. If elected this would be my second term in office. I am still the same person who stood four years ago. I love the Falklands and will do my best for all people in our Islands.

I strongly believe over the last four years we have laid the foundations with policies, strategies and investment in capacity. Now is the time to get on with the work. This is a critical time in our story and I now have experience to add to my enthusiasm.

There isn’t enough space here to list all of my priorities. My manifesto is on Facebook and I will gladly provide a copy or email on request. This will have more detail. I will put together a small piece on what I believe we have achieved in the last four years as well.

Environment - Our environment is our home and the basis on which our economy is built. It is our responsibility to be custodians of our air, land and sea and pass it on to the next generation in a better condition than we found it. As a result, I do not support large scale non-native aquaculture in our Islands.

Sovereignty – Argentina still want to bully us into becoming a colony of theirs. We must continue to robustly rebut this as we did at the C24 earlier this year.

Economy – Whilst our economy continues to grow there are many areas we need to work on. In fishing, we face an economic and environmental disaster with overfishing on the high seas of the migratory Illex squid. We need to highlight this issue and push for a regional agreement.

Tourism has been hit incredibly hard in the last couple of years and needs our support.

Capital Investment - My capital priorities are the following. The port – without this we have no economy. Power station resilience including renewable energy. Continuing the MPA Road and getting Tussac House built. We also need to plan and invest in our education estates and continue to invest in our medical estate.

COVID-19 – We need to learn lessons about what went wrong as well as right during the pandemic and remain vigilant. We also need to loosen restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so. We also need to get on and do the work that was promised before it was derailed by COVID.

If elected again I will continue to:
•Keep an open mind, listen to reason and engage with the community.
•Always look for the right solutions, not just the easiest.
•Work hard to represent you as best as I can.
•Be accountable for my decisions and actions.

I feel I have the energy, commitment, desire, experience, leadership and ability to make a difference. I want to represent you and make fair, transparent and justifiable decisions. We already live in an amazing place. With your help, we can make it even better.

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