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Rob Callister, MHK


Tynwald condemns Middle East attacks

“We will not stand silent any longer”, says MHK

Tynwald has condemned the attacks that have occurred in the Middle East and is calling for a permanent ceasefire and the immediate release of all hostages.

Rushen MHK Michelle Haywood presented a motion that asks politicians to agree to condemn attacks carried out by Hamas and the Israeli Government resulting in the death of thousands of innocent civilians.

Dr Haywood has previously admitted she doesn’t expect the Isle of Man Government’s call to make a difference in the conflict, but today said “we won’t stand silent […]

18 April 2024|Tags: |

Crookall: ‘No Roundhouse inquiry at this time’

Follows ‘well documented issues’ at Braddan site

The Department of Infrastructure has ruled out holding an inquiry into the new £10 million community centre in Braddan.

Tim Crookall was asked, by Onchan MHK Rob Callister, whether his department would look into issues at The Roundhouse.

Legislation states concerned government departments have the authority to launch an investigation into how a local authority performs its duties.

In response Mr Crookall said his department doesn’t use this power on a regular basis.

He adds: “The department understands that the situation is that Braddan Commissioners, a separate legal entity, and their […]

18 April 2024|Tags: , , |

Onchan MHK wants to prevent ‘lines getting blurred’

Rob CallisterCallister doesn’t want MLCs serving in more than one department

An Onchan MHK believes ‘lines are being blurred’ between the publicly elected members of the House of Keys and the Legislative Council.

Rob Callister is calling for Tynwald to reaffirm a previous resolution around members of LegCo and their duties.

In 2017 the court supported the idea that whilst members should continue to work in departments they shouldn’t take up more than one position.

Mr Callister says MLCs have ‘no accountability to the people of this Island’ for the decisions they are making:

5 April 2024|Tags: , |

Assisted dying ‘should need five-year residency’

assisted dyingThe residency criteria to be eligible for an assisted death under proposed new Isle of Man laws should be increased from one year to five, a committee has said.

The panel was appointed to consider the 14 clauses of the Assisted Dying Bill following its second reading in the House of Keys in October.

Under the existing wording of the bill, terminally ill people would have to be “ordinarily resident in the island for not less than one year”, […]

5 April 2024|Tags: , |

Plans to remove Bishop’s vote ‘stalled’ again

Lawrie HooperClauses of bill to be read in April instead

There’s another delay for the private members bill which aims to remove the Bishop’s vote in Tynwald.

The clauses of the bill, from Ramsey MHK Lawrie Hooper, were due for consideration in the House of Keys this week.

It’s been pushed back until later next month with calls from some members to have more time to consider the results of a consultation, which showed an almost even split in opinion (51/49) in favour of removing the Bishop’s vote.

Mr Hooper previously told Manx […]

28 March 2024|Tags: , |

Move to remove bishop’s vote paused for a month

Bishop of Isle of ManA private member’s bill to remove the bishop’s vote from Tynwald has been adjourned until late April.

The Constitution Bill 2023, put forward by Lawrie Hooper MHK, passed its second reading in December, but following a motion made by MHK Rob Callister it was adjourned for a public consultation to take place.

While Mr Callister called for a further adjournment to allow time for members to “review and debate” the findings of a […]

28 March 2024|Tags: , |

MHK’s bid to ‘make Onchan great again’ defeated

Rob Callister says he’s waited almost a decade to be able to attempt to reunite his constituency

Residents of Onchan won’t be reunited with parts of the constituency that were lost due to boundary changes any time soon.

It’s after Tynwald rejected a bid to reclaim sections that were cordoned off to satisfy ‘international standards’ with regard to population size.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister’s attempt to amend recommendations put forward by the electoral commission was defeated.

But he thinks it’s not over yet:



25 March 2024|Tags: , |

New TT Scoreboard ‘not a priority’ admits minister

TT scoreboardCalls for replacement by 2025 ‘at the latest’

The enterprise minister says he can’t commit to saying whether a replacement TT Scoreboard will be in place in time for next year’s races or not.

The project has currently been put ‘on hold’ whilst commercial funding is found.

Earlier this week the department said a replacement would cost around £1million – a figure Tim Johnston admits will likely be surpassed once the development gets underway.

Temporary screens have been used during the event since 2022 with the previous manual scoreboard taken down due to […]

25 March 2024|Tags: |

Public divided over removing bishop’s Tynwald vote

Bishop of Isle of ManPublic opinion is narrowly in favour of removing the bishop’s right to vote in Tynwald, a survey has shown.

Ramsey MHK Lawrie Hooper launched a consultation on his private members bill to remove the right from the role.

While 51% of the 2,934 responses were in favour, 49% were against.

Mr Hooper said he was encouraged by the number of people that took part, which showed that “this is in fact a matter that a lot of people do care about”.

The bill calls for the bishop to relinquish the right to […]

20 March 2024|Tags: , |

51% in favour of removing Bishop’s vote

Lawrie HooperResults of consultation show split in opinion

The results of a consultation into whether the bishop should retain the right to vote in Tynwald show an almost even split in opinion, with a slight majority in favour of removing it.

A total of 2,934 people responded with their thoughts on Lawrie Hooper MHK’s proposal, with 51 per cent in favour of the bishop retaining a seat in Tynwald but losing the vote and 49 per cent against.

On the matter of prayers before Tynwald sittings, 52 per cent were in favour of them being […]

20 March 2024|Tags: , |
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