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MHK explains why she feels Bishop shouldn't be in Tynwald

Joney Faragher believes time is right for change

Removing the Bishop from Tynwald would be a step forward for democracy.

That's the view of Joney Faragher MHK who's indicated she wants new laws introduced to remove the Bishop from the Legislative Council.

The current Bishop Peter Eagles is retiring later this year, so Ms Faragher would want changes to take effect before any successor is appointed.

She believes the current system is fundamentally flawed, and the time is right for change:

The Lord Bishop has declined an interview Manx Radio, as he believes to comment at this stage would be ‘premature and prejudicial’ 

Meanwhile, a Manx Professor of Law believes a vote on the Bishop's role in Tynwald, by this administration, 'could go the other way' from the previous vote in 2017.

Peter Edge, who's written papers on the subject, says, last time around, there were concerns that if the Bishop lost his voice and his vote he would cease to exist as a distinct officer in the Church of England:

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