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Rob Callister, MHK


Isle of Man Chief Minister says calls from MHKs for his dismissal should be saved for Tynwald

Alf Cannan MHKThe Chief Minister has said calls for his dismissal from fellow politicians should be part of a ‘mature and robust debate’ in Tynwald rather than on social media.

Alfred Cannan MHK has also said he needs to ‘understand what the problem actually is that the MHKs are articulating’.

27 February 2024|Tags: |

Plans for inner city village given go-ahead

Plans for a new housing development in the centre of the Isle of Man’s capital have been approved.

The Manx Development Corporation’s (MDC) proposals are for 133 new homes on an existing brownfield site in Douglas.

The project known as Westmoreland Village covers Westmoreland Road and Demesne Road.

It also includes public spaces, retail units and elderly living accommodation.

The plans also include the refurbishment of Crookall House to create office space.

Planners gave proposals […]

27 February 2024|Tags: , |

Onchan MHK asks if it’s time for a change in government

Rob Callister with manx FlagHe’s floated the idea to gather opinions from his constituents

Onchan MHK Rob Callister has posted to social media this morning asking his constituents if they genuinely want a change in direction for the government.

It comes after Julie Edge was sacked as the education minister last night and Daphne Caine instated.

In recent months other Crown Dependencies have replaced their chief minsters which Mr Callister says he’s received hundreds of comments in recent weeks from constituents calling for the same here.

He spoke to Christian Jones who asked him what […]

27 February 2024|Tags: |

Time for a new chief minister?

Rob Callister, MHKShould the Isle of Man replace the chief minister after this week’s budget?

That’s the question being posed by Onchan MHK Rob Callister after the sacking of Education Minister Julie Edge yesterday.

Alf Cannan described the move as a “strategic change”, but Mr Callister says he’s never heard of such a change involving just one person.

On Facebook, he says Jersey and Guernsey have replaced their Chief Minister recently, and is asking his constituents whether they’d like to see the same on the Island.


27 February 2024|Tags: |

Plans for new ‘robot’ pharmacy on the Isle of Man rejected

Proposals to operate a ‘robotic’ retail pharmaceutical business from an industrial estate unit have been rejected by the planning committee by the narrowest of margins.

Island-based pharmaceutical company Kingsley Muti Ltd has a wholesale warehouse on the Balthane Industrial Estate but had applied for a change of use to allow it to be used for a pharmacy dispensing site and pick up place for prescription medicines.

Planning officer Jason Singleton had recommended approval for the application for BMS House, Portway. But going before the planning committee last week, […]

27 February 2024|Tags: , |

Budget will hit working population hard, MHK says

A 2% tax rise in the higher rate of income tax “squeeze the island’s working population hard”, an MHK has said.

Rob Callister expressed his concerns during a debate in Tynwald about the Isle of Man’s budget for 2024-25.

Treasury Minister Alex Allinson told politicians the measure, which would generate £20m for heath spending, would affect 39,000 people.

Defending the move, Dr Allinson said the government “must protect our vital services” and could no longer “simply rely on reserves”.

The tax rise […]

27 February 2024|Tags: |

Minister defends tradesperson parking sixfold hike

A sixfold price rise for parking permits for tradespeople is “not particularly big” after 18 years without an increase, the infrastructure minister has said.

A single permit, which includes 10 days of parking, previously cost £10 but rose to £60 from the start of the year on the Isle of Man.

Minister for the Department of Infrastructure (DOI) Tim Crookall said while it was “a massive hike percentage-wise”, it was the first increase in costs since 2006.

The increase was brought in as a […]

7 February 2024|Tags: |

Messages of support from Island residents pour in for King Charles

King CharlesBuckingham Palace hasn’t revealed exact details on the type of the disease discovered

More messages of support have been posted on social media for King Charles – the Lord of Mann.

The 75-year-old was diagnosed with a form of cancer – which was detected during The King’s recent hospital admission and subsequent procedure for a benign prostate enlargement.

Buckingham Palace hasn’t revealed exact details on the type of the disease discovered, except to say it’s not prostate cancer.

Charles has postponed his public duties but will still carry out state business, including weekly […]

7 February 2024|Tags: , |

Isle of Man Government ‘acted in good faith’ over handling of Dr Rosalind Ranson

A review of the government’s handling of the Dr Rosalind Ranson case has concluded that it acted in good faith.

Dr Rosalind Ranson was the island’s medical director in 2020 and 2021 but last year was awarded just under £3.2m by the island’s equality and employment tribunal, which found she had been unfairly dismissed for whistleblowing.

Following that decision, Richard Wright KC was appointed to conduct an independent review of the government’s management of the tribunal case including the decision by the Department of Health and Social Care’s decision to […]

2 February 2024|Tags: |

MHK hopes to ‘bring Onchan back together’ in boundary review

manx radio interviewBut Rob Callister thinks it’s unlikely his constituency would be given an additional politician

Onchan could be expanded if new proposals are given the go-ahead.

MHK Rob Callister says he wants to ‘bring all of Onchan back together’ and reclaim parts of the parish that were lost to Garff and Douglas North.

The Electoral Commission has spent the past year reviewing the way general elections are carried out, but his constituency doesn’t feature among the recommended boundary shifts.

Data from the 2021 Census shows there are just over 9,000 residents living in […]

24 January 2024|Tags: , , |
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