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 Radio he was never in favour of a public consultation, which he described as a ‘stalling tactic’ by members against the proposals.

Mr Hooper explained what he expects to happen in the Keys sitting on 23 April:

It was Onchan MHK Rob Callister’s motion which triggered the consultation process. In the House of Keys this week Mr Callister tried to move a further adjournment motion in respect of the Constitution Bill, but was defeated.

He says more time to consider the consultation was ‘the very least they could do’.