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Call for wider boundary review to reduce politican tally

A former chairman of Onchan Commissioners says the row over Keys boundary changes in the village misses the point.

The Boundary Review Committee will submit its plans for 12, two-seat constituencies to Tynwald next week, ending the system where some voters are represented by three MHKs and others by two or just one.

But the plans have provoked a skirmish in Onchan after the committee moved Howstrake into the neighbouring, new East constituency.

Well -known former chairman of the board Brian Stowell says the review should have looked at reducing the number of politicians across the board, re drawn local government boundaries and catered for public elections to the Legislative Council.

He says quality and efficiency not size is more important:

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