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LegCo election candidates get public grilling

Seven of nine hopefuls attend LibVan event

Candidates for Thursday's Legislative Council election were on the receiving end of a grilling from the public last night.

Liberal Vannin hosted a Q&A session at the Manx Blind Welfare headquarters in Onchan, which was almost full to capacity.

Seven of the nine remaining hopefuls were in attendance - Bill Henderson, Haafizah Hoosen, Peter Greenhill, Kerry Sharpe, Rob Mercer, Zahed Miah and Danielle Bell - with Michelle Haywood and Carole Lillywhite unable to be there.

Current MLC Tim Crookall has already withdrawn from the running.

The candidates were questioned on a number of topics, from pensions schemes and healthcare structures, to whether MLCs should be publicly elected and whether or not they would accept a departmental role.

Discussion lasted for two hours, with LibVan Chair Michael Josem coordinating the event.

The four successful nominees will serve a five-year term ending in February 2025 - decided by the House of Keys at 2:30pm this Thursday.

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