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Here is my weekly Blog, which will normally be published here and on Facebook on Saturday mornings.

MHK Blog ‪6th to 12th August 2018

Blog 12 Aug 18With the parliamentary element of this role now in recess until October, my own personal workload as an MHK has slowed down a little, which is fortunate in many ways as it enables me to focus on other tasks and projects that I have been wanting to do, but have been unable to find sufficient time in recent weeks.

In and around the Tynwald offices it is definitely a lot quieter this week as people take the opportunity to take a break or annual holiday, but other elements of the […]

MHK Blog ‪30th July to 5th August 2018

Blog 5 Aug 18The UK and the Isle of Man are definitely getting all four seasons at the moment.

After enjoying upwards of 34C in London last week, the weather certainly took a turn for the worse towards the end of the week when parts of the UK and Isle of Man were hit by heavy rain, flooding and high winds.

Unfortunately, the Isle of Man also had serious delays at Ronaldsway Airport, and with the Ben-my-Chree also suffering a technical fault at the same time, it was definitely a challenging period for both […]

MHK Blog ‪22nd to 29th July 2018

Blog 29 July 18Despite being off island this week, I am always keeping one eye on local news and social media, and there has certainly been a lot of media coverage given to the Isle of Man Film Industry and the £27 million mentioned by Kate Beecroft, MHK in a recent Tynwald debate.

As a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Member myself, I am certainly looking forward to being part of the PAC Committee that reviews the previous recommendations in the PAC report that covered the period 1995 to 2009, and then potentially beyond […]

MHK Blog ‪16th to 22nd July 2018

Blog 22 July 18The final sitting of Tynwald for this Parliamentary session took centre stage ‬this week, and there were plenty of items worthy of discussion and debate amongst Tynwald Members on the Order Paper.

I was in the office for 8am on Monday, which gave me time to prepare for the annual Junior Tynwald sitting. This year I was the DfE Minister and answering a question on the island’s tourism industry.

At 9.15am we headed down to the Committee meeting room to say hello to the students from various schools from across the […]

MHK Blog ‪9th to 15th July 2018‬

Blog 15 July 18Last weekend was a reasonably busy period with four Constituent meetings on Saturday, along with starting to prepare for this month’s Tynwald sitting.

On Saturday evening Ellen and I attended the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert 2018, which was being held at St Ninian’s Church. It was a very good concert with standing room only, but unfortunately I also received the very sad news during the concert that TT rider, William Dunlop had sustained fatal injuries as a result of a crash during practice at the Skerries 100 […]

MHK Blog ‪2nd to 8th July 2018‬

Blog 8 July 18The Isle of Man celebrated its National Day this week, which is usually observed on 5th July, just in case anyone is reading this Blog off island or further afield.

The island’s legislature, Tynwald meets in St John’s instead of its usual meeting place located in Douglas. Part of the process is held in the Royal Chapel and the other part is in the open air on the adjacent Tynwald Hill.

All Bills that have received Royal Assent are promulgated on Tynwald Day.

Anyway, more of that later on…..

Last weekend was very […]

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