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Edge: As the "difficult woman" I'm not surprised at dismissal from Cannan cabinet

Onchan MHK says sacking comes after she wanted to speak out on Ranson case

Former Education Minister Julie Edge has hit out at Alfred Cannan's administration following her dismissal from the Council of Ministers.

She's been replaced - with immediate effect - by Garff MHK Daphne Caine after heading up the DESC since October 2021. 

In a statement issued tonight (21 February) the Onchan MHK says she's ' naturally disappointed to become the latest in an increasing list of ministers who have been appointed and then asked to stand down'.

She adds: "Although, to some extent, as the “difficult woman” who regularly challenges decisions and offers the public perspective, I am not surprised."

Chief Minister Alfred Cannan announced what he described as a 'strategic mid-term change' this evening - you can find out more HERE.

Ms Edge adds" ‘The fact I was informed of the news this afternoon (Wed) 24 hours after I told the chief minister of my intention to speak publicly about my pre-determined position on whistleblowing, and the government’s management of the Dr Rosalind Ranson case, and the Richard Wright KC report debated in Tynwald this week, speaks volumes to me.

"So does the fact that Daphne Caine – who I wish well – has been appointed my successor a matter of weeks after she was appointed to the Department for Enterprise as political member, with specific responsibility for Visit Isle of Man and Motorsport, highlighting a lack of a clear plan or direction.

"I wish to thank all my colleagues, officers and staff in the department along with those in schools, at UCM, and those who work in sports, arts and culture.

"I am proud of how much we have achieved together over a short space of time and their dedication to education and children, skills, development and life-long learning is exemplary.

"My focus today is on a smooth transition.

"I stand by the number of initiatives we have delivered and continue to progress, many of which will shortly come to fruition, and the tough decisions we have had to take in the department over the past two and a half years.

"Like my colleague in Onchan, who was removed as a minister after a matter of weeks, I will stand up for what I believe in and always listen to and represent the people of Onchan and the wider Island.

"I will, of course, continue to support the government in pursuit of policies which align with my own and I wish my successor well."

New Education, Sport and Culture Minister Daphne Caine will be live on Manx Radio Breakfast tomorrow (22 February) from 7.30am. 

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