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MHK says lack of support for extended question time "disgraceful"

Ramsey member accuses colleagues of letting down constituents

An MHK says the lack of support for extending question time in Tynwald is "disgraceful".

There were 49 questions for oral answer at this month's sitting, but only 21 were completed by the lunchtime cutoff.

Ramsey member Lawrie Hooper took to Twitter to criticise those who voted against finishing questions, saying effective scrutiny is essential to good government.

He added that those who didn't support extending questions have let their constituents down, questioning whether they're afraid of the answers.

Here is a breakdown of the way Tynwald voted:-

In the Keys - Ayes 9, Noes 15

For: Mrs Beecroft, Miss Bettison, Mrs Caine, Mr Callister, Mrs Corlett, Ms Edge, Mr Hooper, Mr Moorhouse, Mr Shimmins
 
Against: Dr Allinson, Mr Ashford, Mr Baker, Mr Boot, Mr Cannan, Mr Cregeen, Mr Harmer, Mr Malarkey, Mr Peake, Mr Perkins, Mr Quayle, Mr Robertshaw, Mr Skelly, Mr Speaker, Mr Thomas
 
In the Council – Ayes 8, Noes 1
 
For: Miss August-Hanson, Mr Cretney, Mr Crookall, Mr Henderson, Mrs Lord-Brennan, Mrs Maska, Mrs Poole-Wilson, Mrs Sharpe
 
Against: The Lord Bishop

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