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Allan Bell interviewed by FT journalist Andy Bounds during London visit

Meetings round on two day London visit

Chief Minister Allan Bell has pressed Manx interests with key figures in Theresa May's government.

During a two day visit to London, Mr Bell met the Downing Street Policy Director John Godfrey and Treasury Chief Secretary David Gauke - the Chancellor's second-in-command.

He also forged relations with the new Justice Minister Sir Oliver Heald, who's responsible for the Crown Dependencies.

Mr Bell's delegation put forward the Island's concerns over the EU referendum vote, and was assured the Crown Dependencies would be kept informed on Brexit negotiations.  

This is likely to be Mr Bell's final round of talks with UK politicians and senior officials, before his retirement next month. 

The chief minister says cementing political ties on a regular basis is vital:

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